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Esperanza Academy Raises $250K

Last month, Esperanza Academy for girls held an auction fundraiser at the Wyndham Hotel in Andover. According to Laurie Bottiger, the event raised more than $250,000 from auctioning off items and collecting additional donations from sponsors to privately fund student tuition.

Esperanza Academy-School of Hope is a nativity-model, tuition-free middle school for girls that creates an enriched academic and social environment for fostering individual success and community commitment. The school focuses on economically disadvantaged girls in the fifth through eighth grades from Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Esperanza provides a quality education in the Episcopal tradition and welcomes girls of diverse faiths, races and cultures to our unique learning environment. Esperanza challenges each student to discover her full potential by developing academic competence, social confidence, curiosity, integrity, and hope.

“The event was very successful,” Bottiger said. “Our fundraising efforts have now made us eligible for a $50,000 challenge grant, most of which will go towards paying capital improvements at the school. Esperanza Academy’s capital improvements have cost $1.6 million for building projects involving elevators, sprinkler systems, wireless technology and a giant facelift throughout the entire building.

The cost of sponsoring tuition for girls at Esperanza is about $12,000 per year per student. Throughout the fundraising event at the Wyndham, several attendees offered to sponsor the entire cost of tuition for a single student. Several other attendees pledged to donate partial tuition.

 Esperanza has 42 girls currently enrolled with 21 students in the fifth grade and 21 in the sixth. “Most of our girls are Latinos, but we do have some students from Cambodia, the Congo and other countries,” Bottiger said. We have a lottery-based admission here at Esperanza, so race is not a requirement.

 Bottiger says that parents must donate two hours per week of minimum service to the school.

 “Esperanza provides a religious component in the Episcopal tradition. We provide a moral and spiritual place for them to learn, but girls of all different faiths are welcome.”


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