Reaching Higher

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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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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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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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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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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The Sky’s the Limit for Kamren

   Thirteen-year-old Kamren was struggling when she joined Highfields’ after school program, Reaching Higher. She was in 6th grade at Springport Middle School and her grades were bad, she didn’t have a lot of friends, and she didn’t care about her future. Thankfully, her teacher Dan Bright encouraged her to join the after-school program. It

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The Sky’s The Limit!

Reaching Higher benefits at-risk students    “I love STEM!” said Hailie, a student in Highfields’ after-school program, Reaching Higher.    Do you know what STEM stands for? If not, you’re not alone. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It’s also one of Hailie’s favorite enrichment activities.    Enrichment activities are a big part

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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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