It has been a fascinating Fall for us here at Chicago Hope Academy. On Sunday night, our Facilities Manager received a call from the Secret Service. The President of the United States, some Cabinet members, and friends wanted to play basketball in Chicago Hope’s gymnasium on election day. Out of utmost respect for the office, our manager, a former MarineObama Corps Sergeant, approved their request.
Security was massive. We did get to share our gym and faith with our guests.
So...in the last 30 days Chicago Hope received visits and praise from the President of the United States and the Mayor of Chicago. Their compliments were in the same vein: “Love what you are doing with these kids,” “great test scores and college
placements,” “love the attitude of your students and the school atmosphere.”
According to their staffs, both the Mayor and the President stayed much longer than usual. This was interesting since our school is unapologetically Christian, socially
conservative and takes no government funding, while welcoming everyone.
Three times during his visit, on our athletic field, in the gym, and in the parking lot, the Mayor said, “We will give you a government contract, if you don’t do the religious stuff during the day.” But our school is great because we are unapologetically Christian,
socially conservative and God honoring all day.
Mayor Emanuel’s three children currently attend a great independent private school,
University of Chicago Lab, costing $26,520 a year per student. President Obama’s two children attend Sidwell Friends, costing $34,268 per student.
Chicago Hope students pay an average of $4,000 each (costs $12,500). Everyone must pay something. The balance comes from all of us willingly giving together!
“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” –Matthew 5:16