Education

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Mindfulness for the Community

Becky Womboldt, Highfields’ Mindfulness and Meditation Coordinator, has created a Mindfulness and Meditation Program that fits the needs of people and organizations in the community. She is a Licensed Master’s Level Social Worker, and has been practicing mindfulness since 2018. Her customized programs fit the needs of schools, workplaces, individuals, and more. Mindfulness in schools

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A Sleepover to Remember!

Highfields’ Reaching Higher After-School Program has been given the challenge of the year as teachers and students continue to adjust to online learning. Last month, teachers from Attwood Elementary went above and beyond in their dedication to helping students in creative ways by hosting a virtual sleepover! “I’m so happy that all the kids were

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From Hoops to Hope

While most summer activities were either cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Highfields’ residential students were able to participate in basketball camp in late-August thanks to a grant from the RE Olds Foundation. Students and staff both looked forward to the basketball camp as a great way to end the stressful summer and

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Keep Moving Forward

Ingham Academy is an alternative high school in Lansing that gives youth involved in the court system a chance to earn a diploma while learning necessary life skills. It is run with a partnership between Ingham Intermediate School District, Highfields, and the Ingham County Circuit Court. Joanna Hayes began working at Highfields 13 years ago

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Thinking Outside the Box

Every year Highfields’ Reaching Higher after school program provides kids with the chance to have a summer camp experience. Although many camps have closed, it’s given staff the opportunity to think “outside the box” to provide a new experience for students called: “camp in a box!” Staff from Reaching Higher schools have created over 700

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“Learning at a Distance”

Education has taken a challenging turn during the COVID-19 pandemic. For after school programs like Reaching Higher, directing resources and students have taken a whole new form of creativity. Program Director, Brenda Weck, received the go-ahead for the “Learning at a Distance Plan” from the Michigan Department of Education. The new platform for learning and

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Part of Something Bigger

Community resources can be difficult to find without a little help. Highfields’ counselor, Sherronia Walker knew this all too well from growing up in Detroit with 11 brothers and sisters. During childhood, Sherronia always took care of her siblings. She recognized that people don’t always have the resources they need in order to help better

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Fighting for a Better Life

Angel and his family moved 2,000 miles away, from Honduras to the United States, to escape the violent cultural unrest and find a better life. For the past 5 years, Angel struggled with a new life, new country, and bad experiences from his past. He coped with his pain by using marijuana and fighting with

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More to Give

After 39 years of teaching government to high school students, Greg Clevenger felt he still had more to give. He chose to continue his journey by earning his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Spring Arbor University. Greg believed he needed to seize the moment and continue helping others through counselling. As part of his

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Why Should I Hire You?

It’s hard to think about getting a job when you’re still trying to finish high school, but for some residential students, they can’t wait to join the working world. The only thing stopping them is the perfect resume. Human Resource Specialist at Community Mental Health Authority, Lori Paine, shared insights from her perspective on how

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