Hope Academy honors inaugural Faces of Hope

Reflecting on a decade of success of helping students achieve their academic goals and maintain their recovery, Hope Academy, Fairbanks’ recovery high school, culminated its 10th anniversary this summer with a new annual award honoring individuals and organizations who have contributed to that achievement.

Hope Academy’s Faces of Hope celebrates those who have made a positive impact on the school’s mission and programs. The first 10 honorees include founders, board members, volunteers and long-time friends and supporters. They are:

Helene M. Cross

Rachelle Gardner

David Harris

Former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson

Pat Garrett Rooney

Lora Socks

Dr. Chris Stack

Merry Thoe

Julie & Brian Unwin

Dr. Sigurd Zielke

”The Faces of Hope Award honors individuals and organizations who had a vision, who started a school even though they knew nothing about schools, who have made a difference and impacted the lives of the students, alumni and parents who have walked through the doors of Hope Academy,” said Leah Mannweiler, chair of the Hope Academy Board of Directors.

Hope Academy shared each honoree’s story through profiles that are online at www.hopeacademyrhs.org/facesofhope. The celebration concluded with a private reception in their honor on Aug. 31 at Hope Academy. A new Face of Hope honoree will be announced annually.

At the reception, Kent Brown, president and CEO of Hope Academy and Fairbanks, noted that Hope Academy is the only recovery high school in Indiana and one of only 36 in the country.

“Schools like Hope Academy don’t just reflect a place to get a quality education, they reflect a movement happening in our country,” he said. “They reflect what happens when people like all of us come together and find creative solutions to help our youth.”