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Heart of a Highlander Day of Service

Wednesday, September 26 - One day in which hundreds of Highlanders demonstrate love, concern and mutual respect by serving in our community.

Last year more than 1000 LHP students and parents kicked off the school year by spending a day serving at more than 36 different organizations for a combined total of 2,600 service hours.  The Heart of a Highlander tradition gives our students the chance to engage their communities and become leaders who foster a better future for generations to come.

Please join us again this year! On Wednesday, September 26th, our students will not attend classes due to a scheduled teacher work-day and Lower School conferences.  This presents the perfect opportunity to serve!  We have partnered with non-profit organizations in Central Florida who need our time, energy and helping hands.  We encourage you to serve with LHP friends, club organizations or athletic teams at ANY charity close to your heart and compatible with your student’s age. Registration deadline for Service Projects is WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21.  

Before signing up, please check the list of "Service Partnerships" below to make sure your child's group or team hasn't already secured a service project. 

Additional service opportunities will be added once the details are confirmed, so please check back!



Create Your Own:
Follow your heart and serve with an organization you feel passionate about by creating your own opportunity.  Tell us about it by registering here. 

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American Heart Association:
Lake Highland's 6th grade science teacher Mrs. Wohltman will lead students in crocheting hats for newborn babies with heart defects. Age 11+

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Boys & Girls Club Joe R. Lee Branch / Eatonville:
This is a terrific opportunity for team or group to work together to design and implement a fun afternoon of field day type of games for the Boys & Girls Club in Eatonville. Ages 15+

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Boys & Girls Club – Levy Hughes Branch:
This project includes helping children with their homework and organizing a scavenger hunt for the kids ages 10 - 12. Creativity is needed for the scavenger hunt!! Age 12+

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City of Orlando - Little Hands project at Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake:
This is an excellent opportunity for our littlest Highlanders to serve alongside their parents as they beautify a City of Orlando park. Ages 4-7.

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City of Orlando Mills50 project:
Join the JV & V girls lacrosse teams as you paint over graffiti on lampposts in the Mills50 District. Age 14+ 

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City of Orlando: park beautification at Southport Park:
This is follow-up project to Earth Day and includes spreading mulch, weeding and fertilizing plant beds. Age 8+

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Clean the World (morning):
This project allows large groups of Highlanders to serve together sorting donated products from hospitality partners.  Age 8+

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Clean the World (afternoon):
This project allows large groups of Highlanders to serve together sorting donated products from hospitality partners.  Age 8+

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Freedom Ride:
Freedom Ride enriches the lives and experiences of children and adults with disabilities through therapeutic horseback riding. This project includes landscaping and clean-up projects around the barn. Age 14+

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Friends of Wekiva River:
Join your fellow Highlanders to help the Friends of Wekiva, an organization that helps to protect, preserve, and restore the natural functions and beauty of the Wekiva River system. Age 14+ 

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Give Kids The World:
Highlanders will be put to good use at the discretion of the GKTW staff at this 'storybook' resort where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to week-long, cost-free vacations. Age 12+ 

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Little Hands Project:
With love and creativity, Little Hands can make a big difference by supporting location foster children and the homeless.  Ages 4-10

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Jewish Family Services​:
Upper School students can join their friends and assist Jewish Family Services in Winter Park unpacking and sorting donated goods.  Age 14+ 

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Kaley Square:
In partnership with Fleet Farming, Kaley Square is hosting a gardening workday.  The day will include harvesting produce, removing old plants, preparing the gardens for the next round of seeds and planting new seeds.  Ages 6-12

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Mayflower Retirement Center:
Do you have a heart for the retired?  If so, bring your youthful spirit, enthusiasm and respect to serve at The Mayflower Retirement Center. Age 6+

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Nemours Children's Hospital:
Head out to Nemours Children's Hospital and help with activities for the patients such as arts and crafts, puppet shows, and reading stories. Age 16+

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Orlando Rescue Mission:
The Orlando Union Rescue Mission is one of Central Florida’s oldest and largest homeless service providers. This project has a number of opportunities:  10 for the Early Learning Center, 5 Housekeeping, 5 at the bargain store (one block away), 5 to help with grounds keeping, 5 in Administration. Ages 14+ 

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Pet Alliance (afternoon):
Spend the afternoon helping animals available for adoption by cleaning play yards, sorting donations and supplies, pulling weeds, and maintaining the enrichment garden.  Ages 13+

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Ronald McDonald House at APH:
A simple meal can make all the difference in the world for families with a seriously ill child. With your help, the Ronald McDonald House can offer the comforts of home with the care of a community! Age 10+ 

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Second Harvest Food Bank: Morning shift:
Volunteering at the Second Harvest Food Bank entails sorting and packing food donations and/or assembling disaster relief kits.  Ages 10+

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United Against Poverty:
Join fellow Highlanders and work in the United Against Poverty marketplace sorting new clothing, toys, household items and other supplies. Age 6+ 

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Many groups have already committed to serving with particular service partners.  Please review the list of commitments prior to signing up for any of the open opportunities listed below. Contact your group/coach/parent leader for specific information. 

Service Partnerships

  • United Against Poverty:  JV Cheer
  • Pet Alliance: Varsity Cheer
  • Trotters Park tree trimming: Varsity Football 
  • City of Orlando Waterway Cleanup: JV & V Boys Lax 
  • Cleaning graffiti off lamp posts: JV/V Girls Lax
  • Second Harvest (1-4 pm shift): MS, JV & V Boys Soccer
  • Coalition for the Homeless: Archery
  • Second Harvest Food Bank (8:15-11:30am shift): Varsity Boys Soccer
  • Winter Park Day Nursery: 7th Grade Girls Lax
  • Clean the World: 6th grade girls soccer team
  • Devereux Home for Foster Boys: 9th, JV & V Boys Basketball
  • Equine Angels: Wrestling
  • Ivey Lane Elementary School (teach art class):  SALT
  • Chance to Dance: Dance Team
  • United Against Poverty (create art): Graphics Art Class
  • Creating video of HoH: Video Production Classes
  • Gift for Teaching: Girls Soccer
  • Howard Philips Center: JV & V Boys Golf
  • Family Promise: Girls Basketball
  • Ivey Lane Elementary: Girls Volleyball
  • City of Orlando park green-up: JV & V Baseball

Questions? Contact us at heart@lhps.org

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