Hope Harbor Academy graduated it’s first class of high school seniors Friday, creating a new future for the 72-year-old Claremore non-profit.
Hope Harbor began as the Turley Children’s Home, dedicated to reconciling broken families so that children could succeed.
For years this included a tutoring service to help children stay on grade level while working through family issues at home.
In 2016, Hope Harbor Academy became a fully accredited private school for sixth through 12th grade.
Hope Harbor Academy Director Dr. Robert Whiddon Jr. quoted Proverbs 22:6 as the school’s mission, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
“May God bless you as you graduate today, and walk with you tomorrow,” Whiddon said to the six graduating seniors. “Both our faculty and students have been exemplary in their work effort and success.”
Valedictorian Alexandra Bradford, Salutatorian Jason Benner, Rachel Nessman, Reese Benge, Alyssa Brown and Zachary Harader graduated surrounded by a large crowd of friends and family, and words of support from speaker David Skidmore.
“God must have special plans for you, because you have each overcome so much,” Skidmore said.