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The students of Highland Park High School have just kicked off their 17th annual charity drive!

 This phenomenal month-long undertaking includes myriad events to raise funds for one select charity, which is voted on by the student body and faculty members.

This year’s recipient charity is Saving Tiny Hearts Society, whose mission is to raise money for research of congenital heart defects (CHD). CHDs are America’s #1 birth defect, affecting over 40,000 babies each year.  One in three children who die from a birth defect have a CHD.

Fundraising events  include Jamba Juice sales,  a Mah-Jongg  Madness night, a chili cook off, a French Cafe, HP Idol, and so much more!  The entire community is encouraged to participate and help the students’ efforts.

I, for one, am SO impressed to see Highland Park’s youth getting involved in such noble causes year after year.  It’s amazing to see how important this month-long effort has become to the school and its students.  To know that HPHS is teaching our children not only the essentials of English, math and science (among many other academic subjects), but also the value of being  philanthropic members of society, makes me  proud and excited that my daughter and son are future Giants!

Good luck and GO GIANTS!