HOPE, Healing of People Everywhere, was formed by the families of the students and teachers who were murdered or injured at the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999. HOPE's intent is to provide a forum for the victims, their families and people who wish to assist the community toward a healing solution for this catastrophic event.
HOPE's goal was to secure the necessary funding to remove the existing Columbine High School library floor, convert this space into an open atrium overlooking the Rocky Mountains, and build a new library for students and staff of Columbine High School.
May 25, 2000, HOPE achieved its goal, thanks to thousands of generous
families, children, schools, libraries, businesses and individuals throughout
the country, and in-kind donations from contractors and suppliers. Together,
HOPE raised more than $3.1 million in a six-month period. This allowed
construction of the atrium to take place last summer, with completion
in August 2000 before the school year began. Click
here for pictures of the atrium.
On June 9, 2001, the HOPE Columbine Memorial Library opened at Columbine High School. HOPE graciously thanks the thousands of donors, and dozens of contractors and suppliers that made this new library possible. Click here for pictures of the library.
Any dollars not used to complete construction will go to assist victims of violence and to assist Colorado public and school libraries.
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