New Hope's Pence Day of Service volunteers working in the Urban Farm.

New Hope Graduates Give Back on Pence Day of Service

They provide a challenging, Christ-centered education to over 400 pre-kindergarten to sixth-grade students. 

This private school is unique in more ways than one, and families pay on a sliding scale, with 99% of New Hope families receiving financial aid. 

This allows every Memphian access to private education, regardless of zip code. 

New Hope walks alongside their students as they grow in leadership and are equipped with the tools to succeed. 

Once they graduate from sixth grade, if they qualify, New Hope offers scholarships for 7th through 12th grade at independent schools in Memphis. 

This opens doors for  opportunities as New Hope students to continue on their path of success and become transformative agents in the Memphis community.

Since New Hope is so amazing, it only makes sense that alumni want to return to give back to their Alma Mater.


The Pence Day of Service began as a way for graduates to return to experience the fellowship of New Hope while giving back. After some successful years, the administration declared it a school-wide day of service.


Among those philanthropic volunteers was Samantha Pence. Samantha was a longtime New Hope teacher and principal with a servant’s heart. Once she moved positions, teachers wanted to honor all she had done for the school by renaming the day the Pence Day of Service.

New Hope's Pence Day of Service volunteers working in the Urban Farm.

As New Hope’s outdoor learning space progressed, administrators moved the service day to early November to help prepare for the upcoming season.


With over 215 plant varieties, the Farm and Forest spaces cultivate excitement for the outdoors and engage students in hands-on learning experiences.

From planting, pruning, weeding, and more volunteers worked together to clean up the garden and enjoy the beautiful nature that is ripe with experimental learning! 

Learn more about New Hope Christian Academy and ways you can get involved. 

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