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Rollin’ With Hope Graduate Support

Rollin’ With Hope Graduate Support

Summertime is full of warm days and making memories with people you care about. The summer of 2021 proved this sentiment to be true for Hope Partnership for Education’s Graduate Support Program.

After a year of virtual learning, many alumni were craving to reconnect with friends. With more people receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, outdoor gatherings were deemed to be a safe activity. The Graduate Support Program seized on this opportunity and held the first annual “Alumni Skating Trip!’ The event was held at the outdoor venue, Penn’s Landing RiverRink!

On August 9th, 23 alumni met at Penn’s Landing for an evening of outdoor fun! At the RiverRink, alumni caught up with one another while participating in many exciting activities. Alumni were able to roller skate, play video games, and enjoy carnival rides.

Alumni in attendance spanned from the ages 14 to 21. This age range provided a unique opportunity for high school and college aged alumni to bond and share memories of their time at Hope. For example, Ionesty, (Hope Class of 2021) asked Nakeya (Hope Class of 2017) for advice on how to succeed in high school. Nakeya gladly spoke with Ionesty! Nakeya told Ionesty that mistakes will happen, and that it is okay – it is how you respond to the mistake that matters. Providing a welcoming space for alumni of all ages to connect is a point of pride at Hope.

Roller skating proved itself to be the favorite activity of the evening! Kantu (Hope Class of 2016) is a skating professional! He spent the night skating backwards and doing intricate footwork tricks. Everyone in attendance was highly impressed with Kantu’s skills.

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