Highlands Blog

Highlands Community Service Day

Kathryn McDonald
Dear Highlands Community,

Thank you to all of the Highlands students and families that made our first Community Service Day a huge success!
Here’s a ‘by the numbers’ look at the day:
  • 175+ volunteers, including students, parents, siblings, staff, and faculty
  • 351 weekend food bags packed for children in the Backpack Buddies program
  • 1200 pounds of compost and soil added to the raised bed garden
  • 40 plants potted for Collat Jewish Family Services
  • 21 stepping stones installed for the outdoor classroom
  • 300+ handmade cards created for seniors and the homeless
  • 1000+ discarded bricks removed from school property
  • 180 care packets assembled for the Firehouse Shelter
  • 1 new path built from the lunchroom patio to the walking trail
  • 100 comfort bags packed for children at the First Light emergency shelter
  • 1 large trailer-load of brush and limbs collected from all over campus
  • 155 bags of laundry detergent packaged for homeless women at First Light
  • 5000+ items donated during our school drive

WOW!  Great job everyone!  Special appreciation goes to Collat Jewish Family Services, Firehouse Shelter, First Light, VFS Backpack Buddies, Don Lupo, Anne Wright, Mike Enervold, The Home Depot, Sudha Gutti, Rebecca and Michael McCracken, Maria Katz, Jennifer Dillon, Georgina Elkin, Susan Evans, Caroline Harada, Angela Hutton, Rick Jotani, G.T. LaBorde, Scott McEwen, Margi Patel, Erin Price, Kristine and Todd Edmondson, Trey Adams, Nancy Hamric, Vanessa Elrod, John Michael Bodnar, Katie Shuey, and Larry Bender.
Community service – the ‘doing’ part – is vital to our community.  Reflection – taking time afterwards to think about your service – is vital for us, the volunteers.  We weren’t able to gather everyone for a reflection exercise at the end of the morning on Saturday, so we want to ask you to do this at home.  Please take a few minutes at the dinner table or during the weekend to ask yourself and your family this question:  Right now, in my life, no matter how old I am, how can I make my community a better place?
Thank you again, Highland families, for helping make our community a better place!
Highlands Helps Committee
Kathryn McDonald, Chair
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.