Scholars of HOPE is provided by Omega Community Development Corporation in partnership with Dayton Schools. It is the after school and summer program for K-8 students at Fairview Elementary and Edwin Joel Brown Middle School.
“I don’t do what I do for recognition, and at the same time the work is really hard and it’s nice to be acknowledged,” Thompson said of being nominated.
Thompson helped establish Scholars of HOPE. During the school year, they provide wrap-around services like reading coaches and socio-emotional programs after school. This summer they are offering the Camp HOPE summer program for 115 kids.
“Every child deserves equity, and a high-quality public school experience,” she said.
Thompson said the goal is to celebrate the kids. And it has an impact. She said the principal has noted a decrease in behavioral issues on those Mondays.
“Most people just need a little encouragement,” Thompson said.