New Branding for Our 20th Year!

New Branding for Our 20th Year!

2019 marks our 20th year here at New Hope, and one of the ways we are celebrating is by refreshing our brand image. Over the last 8 months, we've spent a lot of time working with a design artist and a videographer to enhance our online presence and marketing. We’re so excited about both! 

Our video will come out in March, just in time for Discover New Hope and our 2019/20 registration season. Our logo is already complete, and we were thrilled to unveil it to our current students at our Servathon Kick-off. The warm reception there and lots of unsolicited compliments since assure us that the new branding is a welcomed change! 

What does the rebrand mean for us? 

Join the Free

Join the Free

Our guest blogger today is Benjamin Wassell, a New Hope Senior who wrote this paper, “Join the Free”, for his Junior-year American Literature class with Mr. Westrate. In it, he argues that the liberal arts must not be eclipsed by skills-based education.

Join the Free

What do we consider to be the best education? In our current era, education attempts to fit what appear to be the needs of society.  A common message is that what we need are men and women who have studied and specialized in certain skills. While this educational system has produced jobs, advancements in technology and medicine, and economic wealth for some, it is debatable if it has succeeded in producing a society geared toward the common good.  Whether it’s the opioid crisis, sexual scandal in Hollywood, public fraud and fake news, or a population addicted to smartphones, a skills-based education does not seek to combat any of these problems. It just so happens that the educational solution to so many cultural ailments has been around for centuries. It is, in short, the liberal arts.We cannot let the liberal arts be eclipsed by skills-based education, for while a skills system does create effective workers, it does not bring those workers to a life driven by truth, beauty, and concern for the common good, which is actual freedom.  

Spanish I Bible Story Projects

Spanish I Bible Story Projects

When I was in college, I signed up to lead a Saturday morning Bible club for elementary school kids in an underprivileged neighborhood. I showed up on the first Saturday and discovered that nearly all of the kids exclusively spoke Spanish. I had to scramble to translate my lesson on the spot…but fortunately, I knew enough Spanish that I (mostly!) could. I had a few take-aways from this experience: 1. If you can speak Spanish, God will give you opportunities to do so, 2. I could communicate a lot more than I thought I could, especially when I geared the story to a young audience, 3. it would not have worked for me to use a Spanish dictionary to look up words in the middle of teaching these kids. I had to use the limited words I already knew in a creative way to get my point across…and that was a skill I needed to hone.

Servathon Day of Service

Servathon Day of Service

The forecast was threatening an inch of rain, but by the time of our actual morning of service, the day was merely overcast. Over 50 of our students, parents, and teachers descended on YMCA Camp Tricklin' Falls in East Kingston, NH to spend the morning raking/hauling leaves, painting murals, and constructing camp furniture. We then celebrated our whole year together with a cookout and got to play pick-up games, throw the frisbee around, and practice archery.

Fall Family Day

Fall Family Day

In a tradition going back over a decade, we gather every year in the fall to eat and have a barn dance together. We long ago outgrew the traditional "barn" we used to meet in at Camp Denison in Georgetown, but as you can see in some of these pictures, we fit perfectly in the Family Life Center at First Congregational Church. Many thanks to the families who brought food for the potluck, to Tony our great square dance caller, and all those who came out to make it a great evening!