Welcome back, Hillcrest!

By | August 28, 2022

It’s back-to-school time, and as part of the Hillcrest community, we know it’s never too early to appreciate the people who dedicate themselves to our students!

We all recognize that our school is amazing, but did you know that the teachers’ lounge – the place where Team Hillcrest can step away and take a breath – was not amazing?! Obviously, something had to be done.

To that end, the HES PTA spent some of the summer creating a relaxing space for our team to rest and recharge during the school day. Their new lounge was stocked to the gills with coffee and comforts for their return on August 22nd. We are so grateful to the outstanding Hillcrest community members who helped us make this a reality.

To start, a fresh coat of paint by Hands On Painters took the walls from drab to fresh and clean. Owner Jonathan Zawacki has been an active Hillcrest parent for 14 years – with one year remaining as his twins enter 5th grade. All of the paint for this step was graciously donated by the Sherwin Williams store in Arbutus.

The spectacular mural was created by three former Hedgies (Class of 2018!) led by Erin Gunderson, owner of Staub Art Studio. After 14 years as a Hillcrest parent, Erin was thrilled to be able to share this farewell gift with the school she’s been a part of for so long – her youngest just graduated in June.

The couch and loveseat were donated by Liz Baynard, owner of Maxwell & Edison Interiors. Not only is Liz a Hillcrest parent, with a rising 3rd grader and another soon to be Hedgie, but she is also a former teacher and this project meant a lot to her. 

When we asked these people to partner with us on this meaningful project, each of them said “YES” without hesitation and were incredibly generous with their time and resources.

Thank you to them, and THANK YOU to the amazing people who make Hillcrest the special place it is! #TeamHillcrest