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Dear Hazel Green Academy Alumni,
Exciting progress is being made at Hazel Green Academy! As some of you know Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) has been leasing HGA from the Hazel Green Christian Church for the past two years. CAP has done extensive work on the facility. New roofs, new carpet and general repairs have taken place including the new windows in the gym that was made possible by you, the alumni. CAP was only interested in fixing up Hazel Green Academy if there was a local organization that would utilize the facility for the good of the community and eventually accept the responsibility of leasing the facility.
It is the nature of CAP to encourage and support community efforts to improve the lives of their citizens and then move on to help others. The Wolfe County Arts Association (WCAA), a non-profit organization incorporated in 1990 to serve the community through the arts, has been working with the Hazel Green Christian Church since 1992 to help secure a future for HGA. The WCAA was instrumental in convincing CAP to come on board. When they did we began providing the programming at HGA.
The WCAA wrote and received a grant from the Steele-Reese Foundation to establish the Hazel Green Academy Life Long Learning Center. We offer field trips for students from around the region, classes in a variety of disciplines, retreats, camp for children, a home for the World Servants in the summer and a site for meetings, conferences and family reunions. The first year we served a thousand people and last year four thousand people participated in programs at Hazel Green Academy.
The Jot em Down Store is open and helping many people in the community. The proceeds are helping us with the utilities at HGA. We welcome and appreciate donations of clothing and household items. The WCAA is seeking the funding for restoration and major repair of the buildings. In addition to writing grants to foundations we are working with The Restoration Group from Lexington to develop classes in restoration that will teach skills while fixing up the Academy. It is our goal to provide educational opportunities and cultural experiences while we work to restore and preserve this special historic site. Please visit our web page www.hazelgreenacademy.org to learn more about what is happening at Hazel Green Academy.
We are constantly mindful of the love and devotion of the Hazel Green Academy Alumni. One of the joys of being at the academy is hearing the many memories from the flow of Alumni that stop in when they are passing through the area. Our writer’s retreat even attracted a woman from Texas who wanted the opportunity to spend the night in the place where her grandmother had attended school in 1903. The love for Hazel Green Academy has been passed down through generations.
It is our desire to involve the alumni in our efforts to return Hazel Green Academy to a thriving educational, arts and cultural center. Our web page has a site for the alumni. We would love for you to send your stories, pictures and current information so the alumni can communicate with one another. The WCAA has contracted HGA 1977 graduate and Kentucky author, Rebecca Bailey, to collect and assemble stories from the alumni. Her letter is enclosed to find out how to be included in the book.
We invite you to be a part of the team of people whose love for the academy is helping to bring her back to life. We are a non-profit organization and humbly request that you remember Hazel Green Academy in your tax-deductible charitable contributions or as a bequest. Please make your contribution to Hazel Green Academy Life Long Learning Center WCAA. Especially we ask you for your prayers for God to bless the work we are doing. God’s grace has been evident in each step we have taken in this incredible challenge of restoring Hazel Green Academy to a thriving center of educational activity. I hope that you will join with us now to breathe new life into your old school.