Service Learning facilitates student learning in and out of the classroom by encouraging and allowing our children to address real needs in the community. Students connect their educational experiences to life beyond the school environment by using their developing skills to undertake activities that include raising money and awareness, championing causes, and volunteering. They learn first-hand the value of social responsibility and citizenship.
Service learning is fully realized when both the providers and the recipients of the service benefit from the activities. Each grade level has adopted a meaningful project to which they can apply their problem-solving skills. Throughout the year, opportunities are provided for the students to reflect on their work and share their experiences with the community at large.
The class of 2024 running in the Annual Jog-a-thon to raise money for Service Learning
Kindergarten Service Learning Project
The Kindergarten Service Learning project will focus on the environment. They visit the Tree People to learn about the importance of caring for trees, and took a field trip to Descanso Gardens where they learned how to use things in nature to make a nest.
1st Grade Service Learning Project
This year, the 1st grade service learning project coincides with their signature project of researching endangered animals. Learning about endangered animals will be integrated into the curriculum throughout the school year. In December, the 1st graders took a docent-led field trip to The Los Angeles Zoo, where they were introduced to endangered animals.
2nd Grade Service Learning Project
The Second Grade Service Learning project will focus on homelessness & hunger. We have learned about the needs of the homeless and collaborated with the First United Methodist Church to supply sandwiches for the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry. In addition, we have learned where food comes from, how plants grow, focused on the farm-to-table movement and visited Underwood Farms.
Second grade will also learn about environmental changes, the life and significance of trees and the importance of environmental stewardship as they partner with a school in New Jersey who recently had to cut down a 600-year old oak tree that had died.
3rd Grade Service Learning Project
The 3rd Grade class will be supporting the children of the Interfaith Food Pantry as part of their service learning this year. Twice a year, students will create activity bags for children at the food pantry including coloring books, markers, stamps, stickers, and words of inspiration. They created one for the holidays in December!
In addition, the 3rd Grade class will support The Gentle Barn. The Gentle Barn is an organization that rehabilitates abused and neglected farm animals and brings those animals together with kids.
4th Grade Service Learning Project
The 4th Grade Service Learning Project will focus on people with physical disabilities. We are working with the organization Shane’s Inspiration, whose mission is to build accessible playgrounds for all to enjoy. We have also been working with other students with disabilities.
5th Grade Service Learning Project
The 5th Grade Service Learning Project will focus on global education equity. We will be working with The U.S. Fund for UNICEF who helps to provide supplies and educational opportunities for the world's most vulnerable children.
6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Service Learning Project
6th - 8th grade is supporting Corazon de Vida, an organization in Mexico that gives orphaned and abandoned children the chance to thrive. The students make holiday cards and greetings for the children and the middle school faculty are incorporating Corazon de Vida into their curriculums throughout the year. Some of the students have visited the orphanages to deliver supplies and good will.