ROCKFORD (WIFR) – LYDIA Urban Academy has received a check, from a donor who would like to remain anonymous, for $20,000. The much needed donation will help the academy to continue providing high school students a second chance to earn their diploma.
“At first, I didn’t think I was seeing the right amount of zeros on the check,” says Lynne Strathman Director of LUA, “but after reality sunk in, I was speechless at the generosity of such a great gift.” The gift was given to the school because the donor conveyed their desire to “support successful front-line programs that truly make a difference in the lives of youth.” They believe in the work at LYDIA.
Strathman says that the $20k donation is moving the school closer to their goal of being a self-sustaining organization in the community. However, there is still a lot more work to be done. The $20K covers ten percent of the cost it takes to teach and provide other valuable resources to the school’s twenty student capacity. To continue to support their current enrollment and in order to expand to help the many students in our community who need a non-traditional, individualized work environment to succeed, the school will need to raise more funds.
LYDIA Urban Academy is a NCA accredited, non-traditional, Christian high school whose purpose is to serve students who are not succeeding in a traditional school system. LYDIA is a high school diploma program with a unique focus on character education, work readiness, life skills training, and mentoring.
To learn more about Lydia Urban Academy-Rockford visit www.lydiahome.org/Rockford or call 815-966-0039. You can also find them on Facebook.