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WHOO! Middle School Turkey Trot Raises $13,100 for Harvest Hope

Friday, December 6, 2019

The 16th Annual Middle School Turkey Trot has raised more than $13,000 in support of Harvest Hope Food Bank. Middle School students also collected more than 240 frozen turkeys and delivered them to Harvest Hope in time to put a Thanksgiving meal on the tables of local families who might not otherwise be able to afford one.

Held each year on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the Turkey Trot brings together all Middle School students and teachers--along with some special guests from Early Childhood and the Lower School--to walk (or run or dance) Heathwood's track in support of a great cause. Middle School students solicit donations from family and friends with a goal of raising enough money to make a significant gift to Harvest Hope. In its 16-year history, the Turkey Trot has raised more than $180,000.

The Turkey Trot is spearheaded by Middle School Dean of Students Rich Edwards, who can be seen for most of the month of November wearing a turkey hat and yelling "WHOO" to get students fired up about the event. It is one of the Middle School's signature community service projects, and an opportunity for students to see first-hand just how much they can accomplish when they all work together in support of a good cause.

"The Turkey Trot is about Heathwood and about community," said Middle School head Suzanne Nagy. "This event is one moment in which we are shaping the lives of our students to be good people. Every student and every adult in the middle school contributed in some way. Whether it was a donation of cash, a turkey, lunch and snacks, planning, a loud WHOO, or walking a lap on the track, this event touched every person in the middle school. For middle schoolers, fun is so important, and this was fun. It was fun to give to others, fun to feel as if we were making a difference, and fun to set goals and to achieve them together."