In a night filled with anticipation and excitement, we hosted a dual celebration that filled the community with hearts of gratefulness - the Harvest Party and the Grand Opening and ribbon Cutting Ceremony of our new K-8th grade school building.
"Every community has its story, and it’s been a pleasure over the years to listen and learn more about the story of HHA. From conversations with the Dahl family, to stories told by teachers, to anecdotes shared by families, to the voices of students, it’s been so much fun to not only learn more about our school, but notice the ways in which these stories are shared with a mixture of reverence for our roots, excitement for the present moment, hope for what’s yet to come, and the kind of pride that comes with being part of a community that you love." Jamie Herold, Chief Academic Officer
To understand the significance of the Harvest Party, we turned to the Dahl family, a cornerstone of HHA's history. This year marked the 10th Harvest Party at our school, and you might wonder why they chose to celebrate the harvest. The answer lies in HHA's long-standing commitment to a robust gardening program.
Since the school's inception, HHA students have embraced nature on our scenic, 10 acre campus as they acquired the skills of planting seeds, nurturing seedlings, witnessing growth, and ultimately reaping the rewards of their hard work by harvesting and relishing the fruits of their labor.
This ethos of cultivation,
whether it's tending to our gardens or nurturing the potential within our students, cultivation is engrained in our DNA. As our community has flourished, this spirit of cultivation has found a formal home in our vision - cultivating compassionate leaders. It's a vision that permeates every corner of our program, from the stunning murals adorning our new building to the winding garden pathways near the Early Childhood Education buildings. Even the cheers for our new volleyball team echo the same sentiment.
Our legacy and vision of cultivating compassionate leaders shine brightly through every chapter in the story of our community. It's not just a tagline; it's a promise, a commitment, and a shared purpose that binds us together.
As we stand on the precipice of what the future holds for HHA, there's an undeniable sense of excitement in the air. Each day, families entrust us with the education, safety, and holistic development of their children. It's a responsibility we take seriously, and it's powered by the dynamic blend of a thriving campus, a thoughtful curriculum, and a united community. This combination creates the kind of magic that fills our campus with energy, purpose, and belonging. Our students are more than just learners; they are leaders in the making. With deep roots and strong wings, there's no limit to what we can achieve as a community.
So, as we reflect on the Harvest Party and the Grand Opening, we extend our gratitude to all of you for being a part of our HHA community and for your partnership in nurturing compassionate leaders. Thank you also to our partners who made this possible Vogel Bros. Building Co., Iconica, 1901 Inc., One Community Bank, and so many more!
These celebrations were moments to remember, but they also mark the beginning of an exciting journey ahead for Hickory Hill Academy.
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