In 2018, T. T. Hardy Online News Corporation., a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, decided to launch The Young Journalist program. The program began at a single elementary school with six students and in 2021 has expanded to seven schools with 40 students.
The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ Florida) paid for a visit from their representative Wesley Wright to travel from Tallahassee to observe a Young Journalist class in the Spring of 2019. According to Mr. Wright, “We’ve never seen anything like it.” Click here to view the full report.
The Hardy Elementary School was named after our founder, Thomas Hardy’s great grandfather. It was built on the site of the former home of Rodney Joel Hardy, a much-admired Arlington, MA businessman and community leader, in whose honor the school is named.
The cornerstone for the original Hardy School was laid in its present location at 52 Lake Street in the spring of 1925.
The inscription placed on the original façade so long ago still guides the work of all who enter:
“To a Child the Deepest Reverence is Due,” and “Here we train hand, mind, and heart, for the common good.”
The Hardy School community has made a commitment not only to academic excellence, but also to the social and emotional well-being of our students. The Hardy community lives by being “Caring, Conscientious and Confident.”
The community’s basic assumption is that all students and adults that work at Hardy are “intelligent, are capable, care about doing their best and want to improve.”