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“Hope and a Future”


At a Lower School chapel service honoring Hispanic Heritage Month, Olinda Robinson shared her personal story of coming to America from El Salvador at age 9 and growing up in Washington, D. C.

“I feel such gratitude for the opportunities that this amazing country has given me, but also a sense of how much remains to be done,” Mrs. Robinson told the boys. “The task of continuing this story—of including more voices within its reach, of ensuring that more people can find hope and possibility and belonging at our school and in our world—now falls to you. I did not have all of the opportunities that you do. But I chose to believe. To dream. To look up. To see that despite the imperfections of our world, there was the possibility that things could change, that through love and faith and hope something wonderful was waiting to be born. I believe the same is true for all of you and this amazing school.”

Mrs. Robinson concluded with her favorite biblical passage, Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans that I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” Enjoy the video.
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Located in Washington D.C.,  St. Albans School is a private, all boys day and boarding school. For more than a century, St. Albans has offered a distinctive educational experience for young men in grades 4 through 12. While our students reach exceptional academic goals and exhibit first-rate athletic and artistic achievements, as an Episcopal school we place equal emphasis upon moral and spiritual education.