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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) -
One year ago Dustin Smith found himself at the end of his rope.
Smith says he was bullied at a school in Elmore County. Compounded by low
self-esteem, Smith was beginning to wonder if he would ever earn a high school
"I didn't like what was happening. I was verbally abused and
picked on," said Smith.
One year later Dustin Smith is a week away from graduating from
New Hope Academy near downtown Prattville. It's a very small private school
with a total enrollment of 67 students in k-through 12. The school receives its
funding primarily from the Noah Foundation. The foundation is named after Noah
Hungerford. Noah was a 4-and-a-half month of baby boy who died in a daycare
accident in 2000.
Smith credits people like Tina Halbert for instilling confidence
and belief. Smith hates to think where he might be today without New Hope
"I probably would have dropped out," said Smith.
"These children come here with learning challenges and
sometimes there are emotional factors associated with that," said Halbert.
New Hope Academy is 5 years old.
"It's rewarding to come here and see the change take
place," said Gaines Harrell, Director of Operations for New Hope Academy.
With graduation one week from now, Dustin Smith plans to sign up
for the U.S. Army after he receives his high school diploma. Smith will never
forget New Hope Academy, the school that gave hope and a new beginning.