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Flag Removal: An Honorable Responsibility

June 5, 2015

It was a beautiful day to be outside, with a light breeze blowing and the sun shining; Much different than the rainy morning. Our group was standing at Linwood Cemetery looking out over more than 600 flags waving in the breeze.   These flags are a part of the annual Memorial Day weekend celebration. This year, […]

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A Real Life Education: Planning for the future

June 2, 2015

A Junior Achievement Program tiptoed into one of our high school classrooms this spring, delivered a curriculum that fostered work-readiness and financial literacy skills and left our students wanting more. The overall theme taught during this program was to be proactive and plan for life; look for options and then plan wisely. Mr. Beresford, our […]

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Education is More Than Just Being in a Classroom

May 22, 2015

Each spring, Jeff Driscoll, our Physical Education teacher at the Anna B. Lawther Academy from Hillcrest Family Services in Dubuque, organizes fishing outings for our students and staff.  You might have seen a group of us at Heritage Pond or if it was really windy and cold, which it has been quite often this May, […]

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Students Give Back to the Community

May 20, 2015

On Friday, April 24, 2015 thirty-two Anna B. Lawther Academy high school students, along with teachers and teacher associates participated in the city of Dubuque’s “Days of Caring”.  This is an annual event where the committee organizes projects for local non-profits (these projects are typically things that the non-profit cannot afford to do, doesn’t have […]

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Teen Empowerment Month

May 20, 2015

May is “Teen Empowerment Month,” a time to highlight the importance of education, access and empowerment to help teens take control of their sexual health in a way that is normalized and not stigmatized. This month, schools and health organizations across Iowa will be hosting awareness campaigns to encourage teens to become informed about healthy […]

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Art Inspires Healing

April 14, 2015

Hillcrest Family Services is offering an exciting after-school program for the adolescents in residential treatment. Every Wednesday night, staff and students gather to participate in Art Group and are encouraged to express themselves creatively. Megan Kalmes, Visiting Artist and Professor of Painting and Drawing at Clarke University, leads the group through various activities inspired by […]

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Did You Know Hillcrest Has a Boarding School?

August 10, 2014

Not everyone does. The Anna B. Lawther Academy serves youth who are struggling in school, coping with life, having disciplinary and behavioral problems, need counseling and some special attention that can’t be found in more traditional schools.

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Software Tools Help Students, Teachers and Parents

August 5, 2014

At Hillcrest’s Anna B. Lawther Academy, which serves both day students and boarding school students, software and technology is extremely important in the education and communication process.

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Hillcrest offers different learning environment

June 6, 2014

Hillcrest Family Services was nothing more to Chaz Hagerty than a mysterious place for crazies. That perception shifted dramatically when the once-troubled teenager was placed in the treatment facility.

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