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Former Elementary School Reinvented to be Center for Hope

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A former Springfield elementary school will be turned into a place those struggling in Springfield can find hope.

The community partnership of the Ozarks bought the former Pepperdine Elementary School with the help of a $1 million donation from the O'Reilly family.

The new facility will be called the "O'Reilly Center for Hope" and will allow all of the partnership's services to be under one roof.

A dedication ceremony was held today.

Janet Dankert, the president and CEO of Community Partnership of the Ozarks, explains the impact of this change.

"You know, people have transportation issues, there's childcare issues, if you can come to one location and see five different programs and services and get everything taken care of in one spot, that's much better than having to travel to five different locations in Springfield, especially if you don't have transportation," Dankert said.

Renovation and construction on the O'Reilly Center for Hope will begin in a few weeks.
 


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