Author: Emily Morgan

“We All have a Story to Tell”

Retired school teacher Greta McHaney-Trice and friend James Gardin visited campus to speak to students in honor of Black History Month. Greta shared the importance of telling your story. She handed each student a card with either a quote or a name with facts relating to famous individuals. Students were required to speak with their peers, one

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Being the Hero of Your Own Story

Residential students visited the Wharton Center to see the comedy show, Basic Training. The show was created and performed by Kahlil Ashanti, based on his experience in the U.S. Air Force. Afterwards, Ashanti requested to visit Highfields’ campus to share his story with students. Though Ashanti is a successful actor and comedian, his journey to

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Sharing Mindfulness in Schools

When it comes to extra-curricular activities for children, teaching mindfulness doesn’t seem to be the first choice.  Yet, Reaching Higher students at North Elementary have been practicing mindfulness for the past nine weeks. Thanks to Highfields Mindfulness and Meditation Coordinator, Becky Womboldt, students have learned more than just to sit still. “My favorite part of

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“Highfields’ Mission Called to Me”

Members of Highfields’ Board of Directors come from all different backgrounds to shape the future of families in the community. This year, Highfields will be inducting a new Board Chair, Brandie Ekren. Brandie is the Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Development for the Board of Water and Light. She is a member of the

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Learning to Trust

       When Luis* and his family moved from Mexico to the United States, he had a difficult time transitioning. Luis struggled with change, especially in a new environment with a large family. His main support was his cousin, who he confided in for friendship and advice. Unfortunately, a year ago, he passed away.

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Donald Creates a New Routine

     At 13 years old, Donald never expected to be sent to a juvenile detention center. He had let his friends influence his decisions, which led him to street activities like doing drugs, stealing and fighting.    At home, Donald was defiant, aggressive and abused substances, believing that this was his only path in

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Someone to Lean On

                After finally being adopted, Keona and her sister Alyssa thought they could enjoy a forever home. Two years ago, their world was turned upside down by their adopted mom’s passing away.                With no relationship with any of her family members, Rebecca was placed in an impossible situation. She decided to foster both girls that her mother

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Courage of Living

                Raven felt alone as she struggled with depression and anxiety, causing her to resort to cutting herself and substance abuse. At 17 years old, Raven struggled with self-esteem and trust among her family, which lead to attempting to take her life.                 It wasn’t until Raven attempted suicide that her mom was introduced to

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Keeping the “Lights On”

                      “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” Maya Angelou, American poet and rights activist.            Highfields’ Reaching Higher after school program celebrated a special day on October 24th called ‘Lights On.’ It's a nationwide celebration that symbolizes how after-school programs keep the lights on for

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Be Who You Are

              At 15 years old, Ian was failing out of school due to missing over 116 days. He felt going to school was a waste of time, and had better things to do, like playing video games.               Ian always fought against the

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