This week's spotlight: Hope Rural School
The Diocese of Palm Beach, Office of Catholic Schools is proud to showcase Hope Rural School on its #DoPBSchools social media sites and website this week.
“PROVIDENCE CAN PROVIDE, PROVIDENCE DID PROVIDE, PROVIDENCE WILL PROVIDE”
Quote from the founder of the Sinsinawa DominicanCongregation
Hope Rural School was born from humble beginnings and a profoundly significant vision. Hope Rural School opened its first class on August 25, 1980, in the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Indiantown. Just 30 students, kindergarten to second grade made up the entire student body-the first of now hundreds of “graduates” from this charming country setting to enjoy the transforming benefits of a Catholic education.
Hope Rural School has been blessed with visionary leaders who did not lead alone but shared the mission with a wonderful staff and faculty. They also had the expertise and enthusiasm of a wonderful Hope Rural School Board for guidance and support.
Hope Rural School primarily serves children from immigrant families by providing them with a Catholic elementary education in grades PreK3 through grade 5. The school prides itself on providing an environment that nurtures the Gospel values of mercy, justice, and love. Now in the thirty-eighth year, 144 students in grades Prek3-Grade 5 are served. Our cultural make up includes 90% Guatemalan and Mexican, 5% Haitian and 5% Caucasian.
The school reaches students through fostering the principles of Christian discipleship; supporting, guiding, and encouraging parents in the education of their children; developing an appreciation and respect for heritage; and encouraging and enabling graduates to reach their full potential through advanced education.
One of the elements that is unique to Hope Rural is the variety of programs offered to families including aftercare, food programs, literacy programs, summer school, and parent outreach initiatives, scholarships to Hope Rural Graduates after high school so they can pursue a college degree. In partnership with the United Way of Martin County, the school provides special programs for parents including educational classes. In addition, the school has a beautiful garden in which families can harvest food from their own garden plot. “Having the family garden brings us together as a community,” remarked Sr. Elizabeth Dunn, OP, the Director of Hope Rural.
We cannot end our summary of Hope Rural School without giving tribute to the many organizations, parishes, foundations, trusts, grants and individuals who have supported the school by their donations, by fundraising, and by their generous gifts of personal time as volunteers for our children throughout these 38 years, They have believed in our mission and continue to support it, truly, we stand on the shoulders of those who went before us.
We believe that Hope Rural School is truly a beacon of hope for this community and we know that the school community calls Hope Rural School their “second home. “
Sister Elizabeth Dunn, OP is the Director and Sister Martha Rohde, OP is the Principal of Hope Rural.
The founder of the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation, Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP, to which Sister Elizabeth and Sister Martha belong, was quoted as saying “Make school as much like home as possible.” We are doing that at Hope Rural School. We create a home where children can learn, live, love, blossom, and feel loved in the name of Christ.
The school is located at 15929 SW 150th Street in Indiantown. To learn more about the special school, visit www.hoperuralschool.org, call (772) 597-2203, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or find them on Facebook at @HopeRuralSchool.