It is difficult to maintain a spirit of thankfulness in a consumer-driven world. Chicago Hope is blessed by its status as an Independent Christian high school in that we can practice and teach an attitude of gratitude and giving back. Thanksgiving is an important time of the year to focus on these character traits. At Hope, we celebrate this season by taking a half-day, having chapel, and eating a potluck together before breaking for the holiday.
Hope has been blessed with an amazing new athletic facility, formerly known as ATTACK athletics. We spent Monday morning working the land adjacent to the facility. It was a great way for our staff and students to feel connected to, and invested in, this new location and its progress. The morning was shockingly cold after such a balmy weekend, but we all bundled up and got to work. About half the students and staff picked up rocks on the field site, so that it would be easier to even out the surface for a new playing field. The other half laid sod on the hill to the side of the field.
A magnificent experiment has been undertaken in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A group of anonymous donors have made a promise to “pay the tuition at Michigan’s public colleges, universities and community colleges for every student who graduated from the district’s high schools.”
Spirit week is always a joyful time at Hope. Smiles are a little bigger, laughter a little quicker, high fives a bit more frequent. Part of this is the excitement surrounding the fun “class competitions” that we hold in the gym, where anything from dodgeball tournaments to eating contests can take place. Equally important to our students is the chance to dress up according to a different theme each day. This year we are having a Jersey Day, Wacky Day, Nerd Day, Twin Day, and Hope Spirit Day.
Every year, instead of having a prom, Chicago Hope students spend their spring break in Mexico and San Diego. This trip is generously funded by donation as well as Christmas tree sales that the senior students run as part of their business class. The vision of the trip is to leave Hope like Christ left this world, giving himself for the life of the world.
Greetings from Chicago Hope Football! Chicago Hope football strives to provide young men with an incredible life changing experience. One they will never forget. Throughout a young man’s time in our program, we will use the remarkable game of football as a vehicle to develop work ethic, discipline, perseverance, selflessness, and mental toughness. These characteristics, taught through Hope Academy football, will enable a young man to reach seemingly unattainable goals and equip him to live a life without regrets!
For all of the hoopla surrounding spoken word artist Jeff Bethke’s venture into the pandemonium that is Christian theology, it can be incredibly refreshing to find that his “keep it simple” theology is not merely nominal. For an entire afternoon in January Jeff Bethke spoke to the students of Chicago Hope Academy about life, purity, and faith. Without going into the heavy hermeneutics that often accompany his infamous “Jesus vs. Religion” argument, Mr. Bethke found a way to preach his message to young Chicago teens who do not always respond as favorably to speech as they do to action.
In Chicago area neighborhoods, where the public schools suffer from mixed reputations, parents endlessly debate not only whether public or private education is best for their kids, but which path would lead to the attending of a top university.