April provided a nice change of pace for the BHGH residential scholars with Spring Break for Regis Jesuit HS, Grandview HS, and Liberty Middle School. The scholars enjoyed time at home with their family and friends, while the staff honed their skills with training, ensuring that everyone would be ready for the last few weeks of the school year.
The seniors and staff were very busy with the last pieces of the college process during April. More acceptance letters arrived in the mail, meaning there were more financial aid information to be completed and more campus tours to be arranged. Luis and Darwyn traveled up to Greeley for a tour of University of Northern Colorado, where both have been accepted. Though the tour was cold and rainy due to unpredictable Colorado weather, both boys enjoyed their time on campus. A few weeks later Loara went on tours at Colorado State and University of Colorado Boulder, after finalizing her list to those two last candidates. Both schools had tremendous facilities and excellent programs fitting Loara’s interests. In the end, Boulder felt like the right place for her. The other three seniors have narrowed their lists down to two schools each and are awaiting more financial aid information to help with their decision. Exciting times for the seniors!
The scholars also demonstrated their commitment to service this month. April 18 marked National Day of Service, a day celebrated by all the Boys Hope Girls Hope affiliates across the country. For National Day of Service the residential and academy programs joined together with The Parks People, a local nonprofit based in Denver, to plant seventeen trees in the Whittier neighborhood of Denver. After all the trees were planted the thirty BHGH volunteers made their way to nearby City Park for pizza and games, a great way to cap off a morning of hard work.
Another service project that was a hit amongst scholars was a painting event held at Caley Ridge Assisted Living in Englewood. The event was organized by the Rotary Club of Centennial’s Millennial group, a local group hoping to get BHGH scholars more involved in the community. For the afternoon a dozen scholars mingled with the elderly during a painting class, making for a fun environment of conversation and art. There was an instructor who led the scholars and their elderly friends through the steps of painting an elephant, but with a wide array of skill level and imagination in the room, the final products were wildly creative and unique. The scholars loved their time at Caley Ridge and look forward to the next painting event.
Lastly, two Boys Hope scholars received awards from their respective schools this month. Javier was the recipient of a foreign language award at Regis for his outstanding efforts in French and was applauded by hundreds of students and parents at the ceremony. Eddy received an award at Liberty for his work in their AVID program, which selects elite students for advanced study skills and successful habits. Eddy was joined by his counselor Jon and his mother at the ceremony. We are very proud of our scholars this month!