The foundation of the Rotary Club of Edina recently awarded a grant of $5,000 to Hope Academy in Minneapolis.
Started in 2000, Hope Academy is a private Christian school founded as an “opportunity equalizer” for youth. Hope Academy serves 550 students in Grades K-12, most of whom live near or below the poverty level. Hope Academy strives to serve up to 85 percent of its K-11 student body during a summer enrichment program.
The grant will be used to purchase teaching supplies and resources for the summer enrichment program.
“Funding will help us provide hundreds of urban youth with the learning and support need to combat ‘summer slide,’ narrow the achievement gap and thrive in the upcoming school year,” said Jamie Olson, Manager of Development and External Relations.
Money for grants awarded by the Edina Rotary Foundation is raised at an annual fall fundraiser and gala and donations made throughout the year.