Heights Cares is a Philanthropic Program to inspire our children to become passionate lifelong learners and responsible world citizens.
The Heights Cares program was launched in 2015 to provide a wonderful enrichment to our children’s education experience, one that would awaken the power we all have to make a difference in the world. We hope that through both local community and global community service, Heights students will learn to become leaders of change in their communities.
See previous and ongoing projects below.
Contact Christina Galione to get involved!
2022-2023 Costume Drive
HEIGHTS CARES EVENTS
Feeding America: Volunteer Days
9/14/19 & Saturday, November 2, 2019, 9-11am
Feeding America San Diego provides food to more than 480,000 children, families, and seniors every year. Heights Cares members volunteer several times a year to sort food at their distribution center in Mira Mesa
Helen Woodward Animal Center Towel & Sheet Drive
September 16-20, 2019
Heights Cares collects hundreds of towels and sheets donated by Heights families this year for the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Our kindergarten classes deliver the donations to the shelter during their fall field trip, along with dozens of felt pet toys they made in class.
Dates vary throughout the school year.
Heights Cares will be continuing its tradition of helping to keep our coasts clear! We'll be doing several cleanups throughout the year. Watch for notices on our next event and come join us to keep our beaches clean and support our vibrant ecosystem!
Halloween Costume Exchange
October 7-11, 2019
Please join us as we celebrate 4 years of being socially and environmentally responsible! Instead of rushing out to buy an expensive last-minute costume that kids will only wear one year, families who participate in the Fourth Annual Halloween Costume Exchange save money by swapping their old costumes for "new" ones while saving some room in their closets! Unclaimed costumes were donated to the Monarch School.
"Stuff the Stocking" Toiletry Drive & 6th Grade Bake Sale
6th graders raised a total of $267.39 and were able to purchase 250 toiletry items for the Monarch School. The Stuff the Stocking drive at school also generated a large amount, giving us a grand total of
1,220 TOILETRY ITEMS DONATED!
Harvest Fest Pumpkin Patch
October 2, 2019
Heights Cares partners with the Harvest Fest committee to setup a pumpkin patch. All proceeds were donated to Feeding America this year.
he Great Candy Giveback
November 1-6, 2019
Heights Cares typically collects more than 400 pounds of candy and sweets to support Operation Gratitude, which sends care packages to U.S. service members!
THANK YOU, Dr. Curtis Chan, DDS., for helping with this SWEET initiative and for providing nifty prizes!
Sports Equipment Exchange
March 20-24, 2020
Have your kids outgrown their skis? Need to do a little spring cleaning? Trade in your children’s clean, gently used sporting equipment and clothing. Drop off will be before school in the MUR. Pick-up will be after school in the Library. Similar to the Costume Exchange, you’ll earn points for items you bring in (larger or more valuable items will be worth more points). You’ll be able to redeem your points when you pick-up your exchange items. Unclaimed items at the end of the event will be donated to charity. We’ll send out more information as the event nears. So, mark your calendars and start setting aside items!
Give Back the Pack
June 11, 2020
At the end of the year, parents are invited to sign up their student's backpack to be donated if they are not going to use the backpack for the next school year. Over 50 backpacks were donated last year to the homeless population at the Third Avenue Charitable Organization.
Did you know the average student generates more than 60 pounds of trash from their lunches each school year? To raise awareness of this fact and help reduce waste, Heights Cares put on the school's very first Boomerang Lunch! A boomerang lunch is a lunch that has every piece returned home at the end of the day, including the garbage! Just for this one day, we asked kids who brought their lunches to school to pack up everything they brought with them and take it home once they're done eating. Kids who ordered hot lunches separated their trays and leftovers for composting, recycling and landfill. Parents can help take the lesson further by discussing at home ways you can shift towards waste-free lunches! Go HERE to learn more.
Nothing But Nets
2018-2019 Schoolwide Fundraiser
Our 2018/2019 school-wide fundraiser was organized to support the Nothing But Nets campaign and was a huge success. Nothing But Nets is an international grassroots initiative to raise awareness and funds to fight the spread of malaria. Throughout a two week campaign, students and the greater Del Mar Heights community raised a whopping $3,152.95! The money we raised was enough for 630 insecticide treated mosquito nets with the potential to save 1,260 people. To continue our positive impact and save lives in Africa, donations can continue to made to this site