“We got started fundraising because OPPortunity Academy typically holds graduation in the basement of OPP’s Hartford offices. We worked hard for our diplomas, and we want to shine not in a basement. Staff works hard to decorate the basement and make it look nice, but we want to walk across a stage and feel proud.

We were told students always want to raise money, but they never stay focused on it. So we got motivated and we’ve raised over $500 in two months just from bake sales. We’re working on finding a space, decorations, and making it a real graduation.

Today we were talking to other kids who are not going to graduate in December. We want someone to step up and take over when we’re gone.
Everyone deserves a great graduation. You only graduate from high school once.”

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