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The author and her friend Sarah Moss. (photo by Tori Boorstein)

The author and her friend Sarah Moss. (photo by Tori Boorstein)

By Tori Boorstein, Highland Park

Each February, Highland Park High School’s students know to carry lots of extra change with them to school each day. Every year, the student body selects a local charity and we spend the entire month of February raising as much money as we can to give to the selected charity. This year will be Highland Park High School’s 22nd Charity Drive. Over the past two decades our school has raised over three million dollars.

This year’s charity is College Bound Opportunities, a charity that aids low income or first generation students in the treacherous college application process. Since Highland Park High School houses so many CBO scholars, there is an extra special air of spirit to this year’s Charity Drive!

So far, the students have danced their way through Highland Park’s infamous Michael’s dance, jammed out during Battle of the Bands, and HPHS’s moms even lent their help on Mahjong Madness night! Not to mention everyone’s favorite part of Charity Drive, bake sales every day! On Friday night, Highland Park High School’s Student Senate held their most successful event, the Silent Auction. Almost every store in Highland Park and various other contributors pitch in to give away spectacular prizes that people bid on throughout the Boy’s Varsity Basketball game (which we won against Lake Forest)!

So far, the first week of Charity Drive has been a whirlwind of fun. We still have so much to look forward to such as Skate Night, the Dodgeball Tournament, and 24 Hour Run! The month of February is cherished among the students of Highland Park High School and our hard work shows throughout the month, not only in the number unveiled at the end.

For more information or ways to get involved: https://sites.google.com/a/student.dist113.org/hphscharity-drive/

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