2020 MS Turkey Trot Raises Thousands for Harvest Hope

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

This year's Middle School Turkey Trot looked a little different than usual, but its results were the same as in any previous year: more than $12,000 raised in support of Harvest Hope Food Bank.

While the Turkey Trot, held each year on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, is traditionally an opportunity for all Middle School students and faculty to raise money for Harvest Hope by walking, running, and dancing along the Heathwood track together, this year's Turkey Trot had to be reimagined in response to the pandemic. From their homes, students were invited to select one or more activities that celebrated the spirit of the Turkey Trot:

--Finding a favorite Thanksgiving recipe, and either writing it up and drawing a picture of it, or preparing it for their family

--Writing a letter of gratitude to a family member or teacher

--Writing an acrostic poem about Thanksgiving or gratitude

--Making a gratitude collage and sharing it with family or teachers

--Watching episodes of The Kindness Diaries on Netflix

--Taking part in an at-home Turkey Trot by putting on their Turkey Trot t-shirts and going for a walk, while thinking about the families that the generous spirit of the Heathwood Middle School Community will help. 

Families also had the option of dropping off frozen turkeys for Harvest Hope at Heathwood on Tuesday morning. 

After Thanksgiving, the students' generous donation to Harvest Hope was celebrated in a remote ceremony broadcast by WACH Fox.

The Turkey Trot is a longstanding Middle School tradition that reflects Heathwood's abiding commitment to community service.