An Update for Friends of Highfields - April 2017
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.
From L to R: Reaching Higher students Alex, Caleb, and Shamier show off the salmon tank
    "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 fall until spring. Students and teachers follow the life cycle of salmon from eggs, to hatchling to smolt (young salmon).
   Tackling the "Salmon in the Classroom" project is no easy feat. There is a huge time commitment, as well as extra expenses and aquarium maintenance.
   "No one really wanted to take on the project because it's a big responsibility," said Todd Wilson, Reaching Higher Teacher, "But I thought doing a partnership with the school, the DNR, and Reaching Higher would be really nice."

Highfields Wins MAAA Championship
"How do you want to be remembered?" 
- Head Coach, Matt Rau 
    For the first time in over a decade, Highfields' basketball team brought home a State Championship from the Michigan Alternative Athletic Association.
   It was a historic day that almost didn't happen. Up until the day before, Highfields wasn't guaranteed to play in the tournament. When the students heard the good news, they were excited, but nervous. They were almost as nervous as their Head Coach, Residential Counselor, Matt Rau.
   "We played a lot of good teams this year, but this was the hardest schedule we have faced since I started coaching," Matt said. 

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Upcoming Events
Highfields 37th Annual Golf Outing: 
Putt for a Purpose
  With Title Sponsor, Lyman and Sheets

Monday, June 12, 2017 at Forest Akers West in Lansing

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