Leah Foster ’21 has a busy schedule, but the more she has to do, the more she accomplishes. She carries a full academic schedule with five classes and also chorus, yet still finds the time to serve as chair of the Social Committee. As chair, she has organized numerous events for her classmates, such as the recent Winter Carnival, upcoming Lock-In, and other events specifically for the senior class. Recognizing the importance of the role, Leah shares, “Sometimes it’s easy to balance with classes, but other times it’s really difficult, and I end up prioritizing this role over other things. This role is important to me because, especially during COVID, I want to help students enjoy the year and still have fun even if it’s just restricted to campus.” She also uses her position as a platform to find ways White Mountain can give back.
Leah worked with Eben Kopp, acting director of student life, to think of a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and decided it made sense to choose something heart-related. Students across the country are getting active, learning about heart health, and raising money to fight heart disease. Leah wanted to help the American Heart Association (AHA) by sponsoring a fundraising initiative in connection with Valentine’s Day. For a few weeks leading up to the day, she promoted the sale of candy to share or give to a friend or loved one. Her efforts not only supported a worthy cause but selling candy satisfied the chocolate cravings of White Mountain students, faculty, and staff. From humble beginnings, the AHA has grown into the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The funds Leah and others help raise support life-changing research breakthroughs.
Service to our school community, the local towns, and the greater world is a major component of the White Mountain experience. This aspect of life is rooted in our Episcopal heritage, and it’s in the fabric of everyday life. We believe in giving back, which is why our students and faculty participate in some form of service regularly. Leah identified the AHA as an opportunity to participate and make a meaningful contribution. With the support of students, parents, and staff, she successfully raised $490! We are proud of her and grateful for her philanthropy.
Leah believes that White Mountain students can play a role in philanthropy and notes that other students have created fundraisers for causes they support in the past. “It can definitely benefit them in the future. Going forward, I can see myself doing something like this again in college and beyond.”
Founded in 1886 and set in the beautiful White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, The White Mountain School is a gender-inclusive, college-preparatory boarding and day school for 140 students grades 9-12/PG. Our mission is to be a school of inquiry and engagement. Grounded in an Episcopal heritage, White Mountain prepares and inspires students to lead lives of curiosity, courage, and compassion.