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Mothers, Trips, and Workshops

As you can tell from the title, a variety of things have been going on at Hope School. March 21 was Mother's Day in Palestine. We were proud to listen to our students present about the importance of mothers in their lives. Most powerfully, Ramzi, an 11th-grader, talked about his mother, whom he lost during the siege of the Nativity Church in 2001. Ramzi told the school, "Your mothers should be a treasure you keep in your hearts and minds. You will not understand the meaning of a mother until you lose her. Take good care of your mothers." We also had a special Mother's Day celebration with our kindergarteners and their mothers. The pictures describe the event well (click here for more): Then

A Busy Weekend

From Thursday to Saturday, much was happening at Hope School. First, on Thursday our students participated with young leaders from the YWCA in Beit Jala who gave a workshop centered around marriage in Palestinian society. They performed skits and arranged group activities asking them to share their thoughts and feelings about getting married early, its benefits and drawbacks, and what comprises the ideal marriage. Friday we hosted students, staff, and volunteers from the Lifegate school in Beit Jala for some friendly soccer competition. Our boarders and students who live close to the school faced off against the visitors, and the match was both competitive and entertaining! Finally, on Satur

Basketball!

As you may know, our project to build a new basketball gym had left us without a place to play basketball in the meantime. We are pleased to say that problem has now been solved! On Monday, we installed a portable basketball hoop that will reside in our newly-paved parking lot and provide our students a place to shoot around during gym and break time. It's also a nice alternative for those who don't prefer soccer and want another way to exercise. We are grateful for the support of Mt. Jackson United Methodist Church, who assisted us in this purchase. They have visited and seen the progress the school has made and have decided to join with us in our continued development. Like the building of