Vrinda '17 and Varun Madan
Refusing to let COVID stop summer adventures in STEM, Vrinda '17 and Varun (10th) Madan founded Everyone Deserves STEM, a series of free virtual summer camps open to all students in K-12. They offer four different camps, covering topics from viral replication to computer science. Through engaging activities and creative learning, their camps are designed to foster a love for STEM in students of all ages.
Isa, Gaby, and Diego Umpierre
Isa (6th), Gaby (4th), and Diego (2nd) Umpierre are volunteering with Crafting is the Best Medicine, making masks for frontline healthcare workers and others in our community. With the help of these hard-working Highlanders, the group has donated more than 6,000 masks and counting!
Joshua and Ethan Brown
Joshua (11th) and Ethan (9th) Brown have made more than 350 masks for the Million Mask Challenge, a network of volunteers providing masks to areas and organizations in need. Joshua and Ethan's masks are going to the South Semoran corridor, a hot zone for COVID-19 in Central Florida.
Cinco de Mayo Meals for
A group of 10th Grade Highlanders delivered Tex-Mex meals and board games to every foster group home in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties on behalf of the Foundation for Foster Children in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Parker L, Grant N, Cade W, JT R, Ryan A, Robert S, Harrison T, Jackson B, Connor D, Parker D and Charlie F all have Hearts of a Highlander!
Justin Grauer '16
After fully recovering from COVID-19, Justin Grauer '16 wanted to help others in their fight against the virus. Justin donated his plasma to be used in convalescent plasma therapy for critically ill COVID patients. Within days, a patient in an intensive care unit in South Florida received Justin’s convalescent plasma. Justin plans to continue donating, saying, “This has been a humbling experience that has brought to focus what is most important: health, family, and community.” Learn more about Justin's story.
Thank You to our
Sodexo Dining Services
When COVID forced our campuses to close, our friends at Sodexo made sure that the food remaining in our cafeterias would help feed those in need. The Sodexo crew packaged the remaining food and donated it to the Orlando Union Rescue Mission.
Dylan Carollo and
Dylan Carollo (11th) and Nikolai Eggleton (11th) of D100 Radio organized an innovative, on-air fundraiser to support COVID-19 first responders and healthcare workers. On the Frontlines: COVID-19 First Responder Fundraiser aired on April 29 on iHeartRadio, Apple Music, and D100Radio.com. The fundraiser, supported by UPS, benefited healthcare organizations in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Detroit, Seattle and New Orleans. See Dylan on the news here!
Learn With Us!
Mimi Sawhney (11th) created Learn With Us!, an educational and tutoring collaborative designed to help families during this period of remote learning. Their team of more than 20 student volunteers, most of whom are fellow Highlanders, offers Zoom sessions on various topics (math, art, geography, reading, and more), as well as individual tutoring to help with academic lessons and homework. Join the Learn With Us volunteer tutoring team.
Katie Torbert and
Katie Torbert (12th) and Caroline Porter (12th) joined the PPE assembly line at SchenkelShultz Architecture, where 3D printers are now being used to make face shields for front-line healthcare workers fighting the COVID-19 crisis. As of April 8, the team at SchenkelShultz has completed 250 face shields and counting!
Michael Cameron '06
When NYC hospitals needed additional medical personnel to treat COVID-19 patients, Dr. Michael Cameron '06, a Medical Director of Dermatology at Pfizer, answered the call. After serving on the pandemic's front lines in NYC, Dr. Cameron is hopeful that mitigation efforts are flattening the curve. He looks forward to "putting the stethoscope back in the drawer to gather more dust soon... hopefully this time for good."
Letters from Lower School
Lower School students are creating artwork and writing letters for residents of of local assisted living facilities. The effort is organized by Lower School art teacher Jackie Juaristi, who wanted to help her students share joy and kindness with those most isolated by the crisis. Brighten a resident's day with own artwork or hand-written note!
Orlando Student Tutoring
A group of Highlanders, including several members of the Lake Highland Hazmat Robotics Team, created Orlando Student Tutoring to help students across Central Florida who have been affected by the move to distance learning. Their team of high school student volunteers provides free tutoring services in a variety of subjects ranging from art to math.
Pierre Elias '07
Responding to the critical shortage of PPE in New York City hospitals, Dr. Pierre Elias '07, a Columbia University Cardiology Fellow, worked with colleagues at Columbia to produce and distribute 3D printed face shields to front line health care workers around the city. Learn more about Dr. Elias' story.
Hannah '17 and Arjun Verma
Hannah '17 and Arjun (10th) Verma founded Telehealth Acccess for Seniors, an organization that collects used electronic devices and helps seniors access safe, online medical care. They have volunteers working in Florida, Connecticut, California, and several other states. Donate a used phone or tablet here.
Chadwick and Scotty Seiler
Chadwick (10th) and Scotty (9th) Seiler are collecting chemistry goggles and other medical supplies from local schools to donate to hospitals caring for COVID-19 patients. Follow Chadwick and Scotty's efforts on Instagram.
Young at Heart Club
LHP's Young at Heart Club regularly visits local senior assisted living centers to perform live music for residents. When COVID-19 made their in-person visits unsafe, these Highlanders didn't let that stop the music. They've gone digital, creating a series of original music videos for staff to share with residents. If you would like to create a music video or record an uplifting message to be shared with center residents, contact club President Asha Reddy.
Knowing that many would spend the holiday alone due to COVID-19 precautions, Mya Immelman (3rd) wanted to spread some love and joy this Easter season. She made Easter baskets filled with goodies for local healthcare workers and residents of senior assisted living centers.
Brooke Krbec '02
Dr. Brooke Krbec '02, a Boston Children's Hospital Fellow, was frustrated about the lack of PPE in her own hospital and hospitals around the nation. She took action: Working with her husband and friends, they developed inexpensive, durable, medical-grade masks that can be manufactured quickly and efficiently. Pending state and FDA approval, they will begin mass production in April.
J. Matthew Knight '92
Dr. Matt Knight '92, founder of Knight Dermatology Institute and Chief of Dermatology for Orlando Health, asked Lake Highland to donate any tight-fitting chemistry googles to his colleagues working in the ER. Happy to help our front-line health workers, LHP chemistry teacher Steve Math collected goggles from our science labs and delivered them to Orlando Health.
Amitav and Maitri Dalal
Max and Maddy Boger
Max (10th) and Maddy (3rd) Boger made and delivered Easter baskets to the Salvation Army.
Samantha (9th) and Daniel (7th) Go are sewing masks and distributing them to friends and family to help keep our community safe.