Letter from the Director

Dear Friends,

At Heathwood, we believe strongly that students learn best when they are able to apply the facts and information learned in a classroom to real-world issues and experiences. That’s why community-based education and experiential education have long been cornerstones of the Heathwood experience.

What is Columbia Connections? Basically, it’s a school-wide program that facilitates our students and faculty connecting to places and people, enhancing concepts, creating relationships, and connecting to real-life experiences.

To name just a few examples: It’s 3rd graders experiencing the wetlands at Saluda Shoals or seeing an actual heart and brain and learning about these organs from a heart surgeon. It’s Upper School students participating in internships and providing aerial drone footage of the neighboring wetlands for community organizations. It’s 8th grade students connecting with history in a very tangible way through Historic Columbia’s Travelling Trunk program, 7th grade students heightening our awareness of the waterways beneath our feet with the Storm Drain Project, and 6th graders taking and analyzing water samples from nearby streams and ponds.

Today’s best schools are more than just content providers. By creating opportunities for our students to interact with and learn from professionals in the field, we are building a community of engaged learners who understand how to translate knowledge into action and who are ready to have an impact on our partner organizations and on the Midlands community at large.

If you’re interested in learning more about Columbia Connections or exploring the possibility of partnering with us, I’d love to hear from you.



Donnie Bain

Columbia Connections Director