After School

Thinking Well

Thanks to a grant from the Granger Foundation, Highfields’ PRIDE staff has the most up-to-date training to help high-risk students succeed.    Do you know how to walk up to someone and introduce yourself in a polite way without offending them? Do you know how to appropriately ask for permission to be excused from class

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Crystal sees positive changes in son Javon

“Reaching Higher has made a significant difference in my son’s life. Javon has become more social, active, and confident.  Before Reaching Higher, Javon never really had friends. He was bullied at school and was becoming depressed. He would always decline coming on family trips and would just play video games instead.  When he started attending Reaching Higher, that

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Hands-On Learning

Students in Highfields’ after school program, Reaching Higher, are opening their minds to new ideas thanks to a special program with Jackson District Library.    What do you get when you put together a battery pack, aluminum foil, wire, a buzzer, play dough, and a cardboard box?    A homemade Operation game!    That’s just

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Why is Jacob smiling?

Jacob likes technology, strategy games and science fiction, but he spends a lot of time alone, and has trouble making friends. When you give to Highfields, you help students like Jacob find a place to fit in.    Jacob is an introvert. He’s shy and likes to keep to himself by reading quietly or writing

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Community Supports “Salmon in the Classroom”

Thanks to partners in the community, Gardner Middle School’s Reaching Higher class successfully raised 150 salmon from fertilized eggs to young salmon.    “Salmon in the Classroom” is a program run by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that gives students the opportunity to raise, care for and maintain salmon in their classroom from

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A Leap of Faith

College freshman Jarod Taylor credits Reaching Higher for helping him get accepted into University of Michigan.    When Jarod was a student at Springport Middle School, he saw a flyer for Reaching Higher, a brand new after school program which helps students reinforce academics, develop new interests, and socialize with other peers. He was curious

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Dancing Through Life

How does ballroom dancing translate into self-confidence? Reaching Higher student Noah Browning knows the answer. Your support of Highfields’ Reaching Higher program helps teach kids like Noah how to become confident, successful adults.    Thirteen year-old Noah Browning has a long list of passions. He enjoys computer games, acting, dancing, playing basketball, and much more.

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Savonn Turns His Life Around

      Six short months ago, Savonn had difficulty thinking before acting on his emotions. It had gotten him into trouble in the past. He didn't consider his consequences, and chose to commit armed robbery.    However, through Highfields' after-school program PRIDE, Savonn learned how to turn his life around. The overall goal of the PRIDE program is

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Merissa’s Journey through Reaching Higher

   Middle school memories are bittersweet for Merissa. Coming into sixth grade she was having issues adapting to the changes of a new school. Merissa was struggling with low motivation due to depression, her grades were slipping, and she had a lot of anxiety.    However, that all changed once Merissa joined Highfields’ Reaching Higher

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Thanks to You, #GivingTuesday Was a Huge Success

  As a father of three, Davey Long encourages his kids to pursue their interests and work toward their goals. That's why last fall, when his ten-year-old son, Isaac, asked him and his brother, Kenny, to run in a community 5K, he agreed.    "I was proud that he decided to do it himself and

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