The Word Garden

At the Highlights Foundation, our heads are full of words.

Words that pack a wallop.

Words that wallow.

Words that whisper or wamble or waltz or warble.

Soothing words.

Frightening words.

Quirky words.

Somber words.

And we all have a favorite, or two or three.

Now there’s a way to share your favorite word with others, and even to dedicate that word in honor or in memory of another: have the word inscribed on a stone and added to the collection in the Word Garden.

To commemorate your contribution to our scholarship program, we will engrave your special word on a rock for all posterity.

We’ll find a rock for you on the Boyds Mills property. Proceeds from the Word Garden go toward supporting the Highlights Foundation Scholarship Fund.

With your support, the Word Garden speaks volumes.

The History of the Word Garden

Chris Cully (you may also know her as Christine French Clark), former Editor-in-Chief of Highlights for Children and now Chief Purpose Officer, had the idea for a Word Garden when the Barn was under construction.

She built on her great idea by providing financial support to make the Word Garden a reality. Physical support, too: Chris and her husband Tom spent a few days digging in the Calkins Creek just below the old farmhouse to find the perfect rocks for word engraving.  Read the full story about the dedication.

Word Garden

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Visiting Our Campus

Our campus (The Barn at Boyds Mills) is tucked away in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.  It's a few hours from both New York City and Philadelphia, but worlds away from everyday life.

Line drawing of the Barn at Boyds Mills

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