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A Transformative Education for a Promising Future

ESPERANZA ACADEMY is a tuition-free, independent middle school in the Episcopal tradition welcoming girls of diverse faiths, races and cultures from Lawrence, Massachusetts. The school is 100% privately funded and relies on the generosity of its donors.

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Esperanza's mission is to inspire its students to become active learners and responsible global citizens. We empower and prepare our girls to meet challenges with courage, integrity, and respect.


Three Runners to Race Boston Marathon in Support of Esperanza Academy

LAWRENCE, MA –On Monday, April 20, three runners will race in the Boston Marathon to raise funds for a cause they believe in: Esperanza Academy. Mark Shipley, Melissa Rothman, and Chris Wilson—aka Team Esperanza—have set the goal of raising $25,000 for the school, which is tuition-free and 100 percent privately funded. To support Team Esperanza, please sponsor the team or its individual team members at: https://www.crowdrise.com/esperanzaacademyboston2015

Esperanza Academy’s Head of School Chris Wilson said that while this will be his fifth marathon, by running in support of the school he heads, he will putting his money where his mouth is.

“Running a marathon is a feat of endurance that won’t be easy, especially because it’s been challenging clocking enough outdoor running miles this winter,” said Wilson. “But as I am running, and, hopefully, crossing the finish line, I will be inspired and energized by our students: Girls who for four years invest themselves—working hard and giving all their effort and perseverance over long days, day in and day out—for the opportunity to transform their lives and help break the cycle of poverty for their families and their community.”

First time marathoner Melissa Rothman, whose mother, Christine, works at Esperanza, said she knew wanted to run for Esperanza after supporting Esperanza’s runners on race day at last year’s Boston Marathon.

“I am always inspired by the intelligent young women and dedicated faculty at Esperanza,” said Rothman. “When I found out there was a spot on the team, I was really excited to join and I'm honored to contribute to an amazing cause that creates opportunities for so many girls.”

A serendipitous e-mail put Mark Shipley on the road to run for Team Esperanza. He had wanted to run the Boston Marathon and, when one of the runners on Team Esperanza suffered a training-ending injury, Shipley received an e-mail via his triathlon group seeking a runner.

“Esperanza's mission of helping at-risk girls is a cause that doesn't get enough attention or funding,” said Shipley. “And being able to raise awareness and money for them and at the same time achieve my goal of running the Boston Marathon is a win-win!”
Esperanza Academy is a tuition-free, independent middle school in the Episcopal tradition welcoming girls of diverse faiths, races, and cultures from Lawrence, Massachusetts. The school inspires students to become active learners and responsible global citizens.

John Hancock's Marathon Non-Profit Program donates guaranteed entry 'bibs' – the race numbers that runners would otherwise have to qualify for – to many area non-profit organizations. John Hancock has been the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon. This year will mark the 30th year of John Hancock's landmark sponsorship of the legendary Boston Marathon. John Hancock's continued support of the Boston Athletic Association, which has directed the race since 1897, ensures the stability of the world's oldest annual marathon.


Esperanza Academy Implements iPads in the Classroom Program

Esperanza Academy rolled out an ambitious new program to integrate iPads into the classroom. The 1:1 iPad classroom program, which supplies iPads for all Esperanza students, will modernize and enhance the classroom experience for students, providing one-point access to textbooks, research and information resources, assignments, note taking, and new and engaging learning opportunities.

“Our iPad program provides a valuable teaching and learning tool to support our students’ critical thinking and creativity in and out of the classroom,” said Esperanza Academy Head of School Christopher H. Wilson. “ More critically, we are helping bridge the digital divide that puts our low-income students at a disadvantage. Many of our students, who do not have Internet access at home, will now be able to conduct research for a paper or look up information on their iPads during their homework hour at school. We are proud to empower our students with this access.”

While some may fear that adding tablets to the classroom will add yet another source of distraction for students, studies have found that iPad and tablet integration improves classroom learning, especially in the sciences. The Esperanza iPads are managed through a mobile device manager (MDM), a control center that administers users’ profiles, controls distribution of applications and books, restricts access to inappropriate content, and tracks the iPads’ whereabouts. The iPads are equipped with “Evergreen” applications, which are neither content nor grade-level specific, that allow students to create and demonstrate their understanding of ideas.

“We are thrilled to have access to technology that will help us better engage and motive students,” said Principal Sandi Pilt. “Some of the programs we will utilize transform the classroom into a multi-dimensional learning experience. As an educator, it’s exciting to help create a 21st-century learning environment at Esperanza Academy and help prepare and propel our students for success in the digital age.”

The iPad program is made possible through a generous grant from the Van Otterloo Family Foundation, a nonprofit trust that benefits educational institutions and related activities.