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Real Hope Act Gives Some Yakima Valley High Schoolers a Chance

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Hundreds of local high schoolers met at Heritage University in Toppenish Thursday to learn about the Real Hope Act and what it can do for them. Hundreds of local high schoolers met at Heritage University in Toppenish Thursday to learn about the Real Hope Act and what it can do for them.

TOPPENISH, WA - Hundreds of local high schoolers met at Heritage University in Toppenish Thursday to learn about the Real Hope Act and what it can do for them.

Local educators said the Real Hope Act is going to truly make a difference in Central Washington, and they're excited for it to start changing lives.

Starting in the beginning of April, the Real Hope Act will allow undocumented students to apply for state funded financial aid for college.

We with some young folks who said they've worked hard their whole lives to achieve something great, but because they were undocumented, dreams of higher education seemed impossible.

"I'm a runner in high school, I have a 3.0," said Heidy Rodriguez. "And not being able to go to college because of the ways {gets emotional.}

"They just needed a way in order for them to know that they could go to college, and some of them were kind of just giving up the opportunity," said Valencia Johnson.

Grandview School District Superintendent Kevin Chase said he's relieved the Real Hope Act passed, saying he watched some of the brightest kids in the school have to put aside their dreams of going to college.

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