Kindergarten Student to High School Salutatorian


When Oneida came to us she hadn’t yet started school. We enrolled her in a private bilingual school in Tegucigalpa. On her first day of kindergarten, she was thrown into a class where everything was in English. It was difficult for her at first but she learned quickly and became a very good student. 

As the first few years went by, one by one, her adopted siblings from Hope Center were also starting school. We could no longer afford a private bilingual education for the Hope Center kids. The financial burden became too much. Something had to be done. 

We recruited a teacher and acquired a home school curriculum with the idea that we would educate them at Hope Center. As we went through the process of legalizing their education with the government of Honduras, we discovered that obtaining a license to operate as a private bilingual school was very similar. By becoming a private school, we would be able to offer a bilingual education to children in the community as well. Honors Academy was created!

We began as an elementary school and expanded to include kindergarten through 12th grade. Before we knew it Oneida’s class became the first graduating class of Honors Academy. Plans for our first commencement service began. The moment arrived...our little kindergartner was now graduating. 

Oneida was always a great student, quiet but very smart. She graduated Salutatorian of her class and was given the opportunity to share her story and gratitude in her Salutatorian address. It was an emotional moment for all of us.

Today, Oneida is being hired on as the school’s Librarian for one year. She will inspire others in what is her greatest passion, reading. 

Thank you for being a huge part of what we do here in Honduras. Thank you for making dreams come true!

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"There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book." —Frank Serafini