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2017 Annual Great Gifts Dinner Committee Music Students at Highland High School Exchange Students from China Opera Composer Residency at Hinckley Elementary Inaugural Members of Alumni Hall of Fame HMS Students Participate in Yoga Program

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

Annual Dinner Event is Record-Breaker!

Highland Foundation for Educational Excellence extends a sincere thank you to the Highland community for a record-breaking, 13th Annual Great Gifts Dinner on November 4 at Weymouth Country Club. The theme for this year’s event was A Vintage Soirée...Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future. Guests enjoyed a 1920’s theme and each neighboring township was represented at 1920s-style stations. Guests were given passwords to “enter” into the different township stations to try to win a prize.  

College Now Program in Full Swing

College Now LogoThe Highland Foundation has funded the "College Now Great Cleveland" initiative for the past five years. The mission of College Now is to increase college attainment through college access and success advising, financial aid counseling and scholarship services. On-site appointments are held at the high school for parents and students.

During the 2016-17 school year alone, College Now served 116 HHS students, aided in the completion of 170 FAFSA applications and offered 89 individual sessions.

The Highland Foundation is proud to underwrite the College Now program, the first to be offered in Medina County, to our Highland School District. To learn more, visit the College Now web site. To schedule an appointment, please contact CARMEN DANIEL at (330) 485-9364 or via email: cdaniel@collegenowGC.org.

Coming Up: One District, One Book

Photo of Past Program BooksElementary students at all three schools will received a common book to read during a month-long reading celebration beginning in January 2018. The new book will be announced to the schools in January and students will celebrate with a kick-off event. The, throughout the month, students will participate in related activities. This initiative, now in its 4th year, encourages students to engage in reading outside of the classroom.

Coming Up: Beo Strings Residency

Beo String QuartetA young and innovative classical string quartet (2 violins/viola/cello) from Pittsburgh, PA, Beo Strings specializes in a traditional classical repertoire, as well as exploring new musical styles and boundaries. They will work with the 410 students of the Highland orchestra program during a two-day workshop on March 7-8, 2018, on chamber music, technical precision and making artistic decisions as independent performers. The project will culminate with a performance featuring Beo in concert with the HHS orchestra students on March 8 in the high school auditorium.

Committee Inducts First Group into Alumni Hall of Fame

The Highland Alumni Association, in partnership with The Highland Foundation for Educational Excellence hosted the Inaugural Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame on October 6 at Highland Middle School. The committee honored the first Hall of Fame class and recognized the 50th Anniversary of the Class of 1968. It was a special evening, as Highland Board of Education member Chris Wolny read each inductee’s impressive list of accomplishments.

The Future of Education at Highland Schools

All those things you wish your local public school could provide your child in terms of enrichment, the Highland Foundation strives to deliver. 

  • More exposure to the arts and music. 
  • More hands-on science-related activities and programs. 
  • More options for teachers to enhance learning with creative thinking.
  • More technology for a deeper educational experience.

From funding educational tools and programs to sponsoring college scholarships, the Highland Foundation’s non-profit goal has remained the same throughout our 17 years: to acquire and distribute unique and innovative resources to Highland Local Schools – resources that otherwise wouldn’t be available. We are independent from the District, yet we work together to deliver a more enriching experience for the district’s students and staff. 

Contact us for more information: The Highland Foundation, 3880 Ridge Road, Medina, Ohio 44256
E-mail: information@highlandfoundation.org

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Medina, OH 44256