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This DC school helped 51-year-old Todd Campbell earn his high school diploma at last

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WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — After dropping out of high school in ninth grade to care for his ill father, Todd Campbell successfully ran his business, Campbell’s Curbside Disposal Co., for eight years. After the recession hit in 2008, he was forced into bankruptcy with no hopes of recovering his business.

Campbell realized that to move forward with his goals and to one day start his business again he would have to go back and get his high school diploma. That’s when he came across the Academy of Hope and was accepted to its adult learners' program.

"The journey I'm going through right now is to rebuild my family and start to put the pieces back together," he told Circa. "It's not going to be the same, but this time it is going to be bigger and better."

Lecester Johnson is the CEO of the Academy of Hope, an adult charter school in Washington, D.C., that helps adults earn their high school diplomas.

"It's typically an adult who dropped out of school when they were younger, leaving school because they had to go to work, or something happened to interrupt their education," said Johnson.

On Jan. 26, Campbell received his high school diploma. He will continue his education at the University of the District of Columbia, working toward a bachelor’s degree in business and international business. He hopes to one day re-open the doors of his business.

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