27 Dec Sights & Sounds of the Season at Hope
Holiday time at Hope Partnership settled into a series of predictably wonderful experiences. It began with decorating the lobby, led by our two Brittanys (Ms. Holiday and Ms. Tannehill) who were assisted by master decorators from the 7th and 8th grades. The students could be heard practicing at lunchtime, in order to be ready for our Christmas/Kwanzaa celebration where they displayed their talent, including wind and string ensembles, Rising Queens dance group, and drumming to a standing room only crown.
The show was followed by a “pot-luck.” We’ve learned to stop worrying; there is always plenty for a feast. We have some wonderful cooks at Hope and our alumni have generously taken on the serving tasks for this event. The annual trip to New York City, supported by two donors, delighted four students on December 19th. Radio City and the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center never lose their magic.
The giving dimensions of the holidays take on multiple forms as the families receive gifts for their children from some very generous corporate supporters, who have made their giving a yearly event. In the meantime, the students are collecting money for children with cancer for their own holiday giving. Joy, Hospitality, and Hope – three of our core values – are uniquely on display at this special time of year.