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2019 One District One Book Program Lizz Maxwell of GiGi's PlayHouse Visits Granger Elementary 3rd Graders Work with Members of Akron Steel Drum Band Great Lakes Theatre Workshop Taiko Residency at Sharon Elementary Highland Middle School Makerspace Grant Olympic Gymnast Dominique Moceanu Visits Granger Elementary Artwork by Highland 8th Grader Mason Wright

Our Mission

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.

Foundation News

Cartoonist Brings Common Book to Life

Jeff NicholasMr. Nicholas with Sharon StudentsRetired Highland teacher and cartoon artist Jeff Nicholas spent February 4-5 visiting the Highland elementary schools and entertaining students with his artistic and storytelling talents! Mr. Nicholas was invited back to Highland again this year as part of the One District One Book Program, sponsored by The Highland Foundation. He engaged students with stories and art that related to the common book they are reading...A Boy Called Bat.

2019 One District One Book Announced

Hinckley Students Holding Book!On January 25, all Highland elementary school students were introduced to their common reading book through the One District One Book Program, sponsored through The Highland Foundation. This annual grant provides one book for all students in grades K-5 (approximately 1,355) and families to read together, stressing the importance of reading at home. ODOB provides excitement for students with activities at school and in the community. This year’s common book is: A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold. A Boy Called Bat is the first book in a funny, heartfelt and irresistible series starring an unforgettable young boy on the autism spectrum. The program runs from January 28 through the end of February. Happy reading!

Guest Speaker Inspires Students with Life Story

HHS StudentsHMS StudentsOn 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!

Spring Grant Deadline is 3/11

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. 

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Medina, OH 44256