Sequoya students host food drive for HEALing House


Every year during the week of Principal Veronica Leiper’s birthday, students of Sequoya Elementary School, which is part of the Scottsdale Unified School District, participate in a food drive, stocking the pantry of The HEALing House.

This year, the students brought in over 3,000 items, according to a press release. The Happily Ever After League oversees The HEALing House, which provides assistance to moms going through cancer treatment and recovery.

“I love celebrating my birthday because the only thing I ask for is to support the HEALing House pantry,” Ms. Leiper said in a prepared statement.

During the HEAL drive, students bring in food, toiletries and paper products to the school, which is donated to the pantry.

“We believe community service should be a regular part of every child’s life,” Ms. Leiper said.

One special guest from The HEALing House always attends Sequoya’s fall community event, Western Roundup. Lord Hamilton (Hammy), a 50-pound therapy pig, is still the highlight of the event, which was Nov. 8. Students are always excited to see which staff member will kiss the pig.

This community event, which features food trucks, bouncy houses, a silly string corner, face painting and more is a community tradition at Sequoya.

Part of Sequoya’s mission statement is One United Community. The HEAL drive and Western Roundup are two special events that exemplify this belief, a release claims.