Hmong American Peace Academy Leaders Celebrate New Building

The Hmong American Peace Academy (HAPA) celebrated the construction of their 99,000 sq. ft. school addition. The project broke ground started earlier this year on the 38-classroom building which will serve as a high school, attached to the former Samuel Morse Middle School that HAPA has long occupied. The new building will contain a 16,000-square-foot gymnasium, multipurpose rooms and a Hmong heritage museum. 

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“We are building a community of leaders and lifelong learners,” said Chris Her-Xiong, school founder and executive director, noting that 95 percent of the HAPA student body lives in poverty