An Update for Friends of Highfields · July 19, 2016
Weathering the Storm
Thanks to you, Nicole and her children have the tools to take on life's challenges. 
    When life throws you a curve ball, you keep batting and don't give up. That's how Nicole takes each day at a time. She is a mother raising two children, Tyler age 12 and Harley age 9.
   In 2011, Nicole was diagnosed with cancer.
   "I've been dealing with it the best I can," said Nicole, "but the kids also have to deal with it too."
   Last fall, Tyler was exhibiting issues at school and at home. He wasn't coping with his problems in a healthy way.  Nicole reached out for support and was referred to Highfields' home-based therapy program. They started working with their Highfields counselor, Kim, once a week to help Tyler.
   "It's been so convenient for Kim to come to our home," said Nicole. "She works with Tyler, but she really helps the whole family."

Cheryl Embraces Change
Cheryl says goodbye to Highfields after 31 years of teaching. Although she never thought she would teach teenagers, working at Highfields changed her mind.
   Cheryl Wichman never in a million years thought that she would be teaching teenagers.
   "I've always liked working with children," said Cheryl. "I emphasize 'children' because I never wanted to work with teenagers." She laughed.
   But out of the 31 years that she's been teaching, 28 of those years have been at Highfields working with at-risk teens.
   "Once I got into education, I was drawn to working with at-risk kids," said Cheryl. "I love problem solving with them."
   Cheryl grew up in Lansing and got her degree in Education from Michigan State University. She started teaching at Ingham Intermediate in the autism program through a grant. Once the grant ended, she was searching for another job when the principal at Malcom Williams School at Highfields gave her a call.
   "It was the last place in the world I wanted to work," said Cheryl, "but once I came out here I never wanted to leave."
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Upcoming Events
Ingham Academy Graduation!

When? Wednesday, July 27th at 2:00 PM

Where? Ingham County Family Center

Let's celebrate the Ingham Academy class of 2016!  Family, friends and community partners are all invited to join this special day! 
You Can Zip Line at Highfields!

Bring your family and friends to zip line over beautiful Lake Telford in Onondaga! We are open to the public on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. 

$15 per person for unlimited rides! N o reservations needed!

Upcoming Dates:
August 13
September 10

For more information, please click here.
Save the Date  for our Annual 
Strengthening Families Fundraising Breakfast!

When? Thursday, October 27th

Where? Kellogg Center in East Lansing

Please RSVP to Bev McGill at: 517-628-2287 x332.   
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