Highlands Blog

Highlands Helps 2018

Kathryn McDonald
At Highlands School, we cultivate our students’ knowledge of the world, and we equip them to make positive differences in that world.  We believe that making a difference can start right here and right now, which is why Highlands Helps provides service opportunities for our students and their families.  During the 2017-2018 academic year, more than 200 members of our school community volunteered for a total of more than 1000 service hours in the greater Birmingham community.  We had kindergarteners working beside middle schoolers and faculty members working beside parents on projects like
  • o   preparing and serving lunch at Community Kitchens Woodlawn
  • o   painting and distributing Kindness Rocks at Ronald McDonald House
  • o   clearing privet and debris at Red Mountain Park
  • o   visiting seniors at St. Martin’s in the Pines
  • o   packing weekend food bags for schoolchildren with Backpack Buddies
  • o   planting trees, fruits, and vegetables and removing debris for the East Lake Initiative
  • o   preparing and serving lunch at First Light
  • o   making kennel liners, comfort cushions, and puppy and kitty toys for the Greater Birmingham Humane Society
  • o   helping with house maintenance and yardwork for some of our senior neighbors in Irondale
  • o   rebuilding a storm-destroyed fence on our school campus
  • o   weeding, prepping, and planting our school garden
  • o   sprucing up our school campus by removing weeds, fallen trees, and debris
  • o   cleaning out and organizing the costumes and sets used in our school plays.
Many thanks to all of you who gave so generously of your time and talents to grow Highlands Helps’ footprint and impact this year.  It was a great year, and we look forward to rolling up our sleeves with you again next fall.
Highlands School, 4901 Old Leeds Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, (205) 956-9731
Highlands School's 'whole child' approach to education and commitment to academic excellence, creative expression, and leadership development prepare and motivate students in grades 4k through 8 to make a positive difference in an ever-changing world. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Highlands School holds dual accrediation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Associations of Independent Schools (SAIS).

For more information, visit www.highlandsschool.org.