Tempe Prep’s H.O.P.E. Crew Honors Differences Among Students

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By Sarah Goodykoontz

H.O.P.E. Crew is a club at Tempe Preparatory Academy that is dedicated to helping in the community through acceptance, service, and, well, hope!

H.O.P.E. stands for Honoring Oth­ers’ Perspectives Equally. “The goal of the club is to make [students] more open and aware of things that impact many people but that don’t often receive due recognition,” says Oscar Fortunato, a senior and a member of the club. “For example, we made posters that have information about mental health as well as resources.” H.O.P.E. Crew is also planning on providing awareness of different cultures sometime in the future.

 The club’s faculty advisor, Mrs. Magaña, is also pleased with what the club has done, as well as what it has in store. H.O.P.E. Crew “started back in 2012 with Ms. Pitman (a former drama teacher) and a group of seniors to help students have an opportunity to talk about ways to help the community increase acceptance and impact multiple organizations they found near to their hearts,” she says. The club has continued with the same philoso­phy since Mrs. Magaña has taken over. “We work to increase understanding on things such as mental health, stress man­agement, and youth in our community and around the United States.”

In the few years H.O.P.E. Crew has exist­ed at TPA, it has donated more than $400 to a number of organizations. In January, the club will be holding a sock drive for THREADZ, which is part of the City of Tempe’s youth resource campaign that helps provide needy young people with basic necessities. Overall, the club has had some very impressive accomplishments so far, and TPA can’t wait to see many more!

Article by Sarah Goodykoontz, a student staff writer for De Equitibus, Tempe Preparatory Academy’s student newspaper.

About Tempe Prep: Tempe Preparatory Academy is a tuition-free public charter school in Tempe for students in grades 6-12 that provides a nationally acclaimed liberal arts education based on the Great Books of Western Civilization with an exceptional math, science, foreign language, humanities, and fine arts curriculum. Tempe Prep has been recognized by the Arizona Board of Regents as having the highest percentage of college graduates in the state and has been named the #1 high school in Arizona by Newsweek (America’s Top High Schools 2016). For more information about enrolling at Tempe Prep, visit the school’s website at tempeprep.org

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