Proud Parents!

As parents, we try hard to make our children kind, thoughtful people – and so far it looks like we’re succeeding. Below is an article from our local paper. They did all of this completely on their own. We couldn’t be more proud of them.

Highland Elementary School students wanted to send their principal to the roof.

And that is where he was on June 1 after students met their goal of raising $1,800 in one week for Relay for Life. The school’s Heart of Highland teams raised more than $50,000 in the five years they have participated in the event through the Camp Hill Relay for Life.

Highland Elementary
Beth Ann Heesen, The Patriot-NewsFrom left: Fourth-graders Caroline Kaiser, Molly Young, Mi chael Grunden, Ellie Hyde and Caitlyn Gray helped with the Camp Hill Relay for Life.

Last year, Principal Doug Enders agreed to put his swimsuit on and get dunked when students met their fundraising goal of $1,700. It might have been nice to cool off on that hot day, but this year Enders resolved to endure rain or the blazing sun to greet kids from his “rooftop office” by the school’s entrance.

“It might not be too bad,” he said before going on the roof. “I’m always looking for that killer suntan.” Students and staff enjoyed laughing at Enders, but their greatest aim was to help those battling cancer.

“I want to do relay so I can save a life,” said fourth-grader Caitlyn Gray of Lower Allen Township. She and classmate Ellie Hyde, also of Lower Allen Township, sold bookmarks out of their driveways and raised more than $400.

“We have gigantic signs we hold up by the street,” Hyde said, adding that her neighborhood has a “gigantic yard sale” coming up and that her family might sell her baby brother’s old toys, car seat and potty chair to raise funds. Gray plans to sell coffee, cookies and muffins.

Other students held lemonade stands, emptied their piggy banks, and asked for donations instead of birthday gifts.

“They have ingenious ways of raising money,” said Ruth Hoffman, the fourth-grade teacher who founded and coordinates Heart of Highland. “We have the best kids in the world.”

Enders said he is proud of his students’ participation. “It’s not about how much money we raise,” he said. “It’s about developing empathy and being involved.”

And, he said before going up, working on a rooftop does have its benefits.

“It might be a good day — not as many interruptions,” he said.


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