Elias was a 7-year-old immigrant child from Ethiopia who spoke little English when he came to Happy Hill Farm in 2002. He proved to be a quick study, and the rest is academic history. Elias distinguished himself at NCTA as a student, a good athlete, a participant in FFA/4-H along with a variety of other extracurricular activities—and as a practicing, committed Christian. He is now attending college with plans of becoming a doctor.

“During my 12 years at Happy Hill Farm, I learned that if you are determined and work hard, you can achieve anything you want,”writes a grateful Elias. “Thanks to support from friends like you—along with the wonderful guidance of the staff and teachers at North Central Texas Academy—I have been given opportunities to grow in ways that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise.”