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EC4s' Donation Will Support 2018 Johns Island Service Project

Friday, May 19, 2017

It was a big gift from some of Heathwood's littlest students.

Heathwood's EC4s/11th grade Biology Buddies program is a longstanding tradition of collaborative learning between some of the oldest and youngest students on campus. As always, this year's buddies worked together to learn about plant life and grow plants of their own--and the collaboration was so successful that it yielded dozens of thriving plants, ranging from squash to tomatoes to herbs to flowers, and more. So the EC4s decided to hold a plant sale at this year's Habitat Day. And when the sale netted $100, they decided to donate those proceeds to their biology buddies' Johns Island service trip, as a way of saying thank you for such a productive partnership.

The annual Senior class trip to Johns Island, which is in its 30th year this year, is an opportunity for each graduating class to give back by helping families in need with home repairs. Students spend four days at the end of the spring semester on Johns Island, providing significant assistance to multiple families. Each Senior class must raise approximately $10,000 to fund their trip, with most of the fundraising taking place over the course of their senior year. So the class of 2018 is off to an early start, thanks to the generosity of their biology buddies.

The EC4s also donated a good selection of vegetable and herb plants to Harvest Hope.

More than just a way to say thank you, the gift to the Junior class was an opportunity to celebrate the success of the Biology Buddies program, said EC4 Lead Teacher Mandi Dargan. "I cannot say enough about this yearly partnership that benefits both EC and Junior students."