To acquire and distribute resources to Highland Local Schools to supplement learning opportunities for its students, staff and community. We achieve this by providing direct support for student development, encouraging staff excellence and creativity, promoting the school district as a center for community learning, and helping to build a strong school partnership.
On January 16, Highland High School and Highland Middle School welcomed Joseph Sojourner through a Highland Foundation grant. This year's HHS theme is “The Power of US,” and the hope is that HHS students work together throughout the year, rely on each other, put differences aside, and have positive relationships within the school community and beyond. Sojourner's message was the perfect fit for the "Power of Us" theme, as his program is titled “Conflict Resolution (Deal With It: Arriving at WE from YOU against ME)." Sojourner, originally from Akron, is a next generation leader and rap artist and masterfully ties his story to life lessons providing both humor and authenticity. He was honest, engaging and inspiring!
The Highland Foundation experienced yet another year of record-breaking attendance and fundraising at its Annual Great Gifts Dinner Auction held on November 10 at Weymouth Country Club. With attendance at 368 and funds raised surpassing $122,000, this was The Foundation’s most successful event in its 14-year history.
Dubbed “An Evening of Fire & Ice,” guests enjoyed beautifully-decorated surroundings, dinner and dancing, as well as live and silent auctions. They also had the option to bid on a delectable dessert auction with items donated and prepared by local bakers and bakeries.
Notable highlights from the event included raising $7,540 for scholarships awarded in the memory of Mike Kudla, 2002 Highland graduate and member of The Ohio State University National Championship Team, who passed away July 15, 2018, and raising more than $12,000 through the “Fund-a-Need” live auction item to support The Foundation’s continued underwriting of the district’s Intercultural Program.
Theresa Wright, Executive Director, expressed her gratitude and stated, “This phenomenal support will help continue to grow The Foundation and deepen its impact on our students and staff in the Highland Local Schools.”
Applications for 2019 SPRING GRANTS are due March 11, 2019. The Highland Foundation distributes funds each year based on grant requests submitted by Highland Local School teachers and staff. A wide array of grants have been approved over the years...from music and art programs to apprenticeships and innovative new resources to enhance classroom instruction. The Highland Foundation encourages Highland teachers and staff to consider submitting a grant proposal.
Download an application and useful grant resources below.
The Highland Foundation for Educational Excellence
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