Service Learning

IN THE LOWER SCHOOL SERVICE LEARNING IS WOVEN INTO THE FABRIC OF THE SCHOOL. FROM CLASSROOM CURRICULUM TO THE ART AND MUSIC ROOMS, THE PE FIELDS, AND THE LIBRARY, STUDENTS ARE TAUGHT FROM THEIR FIRST DAYS AT SCHOOL THAT THEY ARE PART OF A COMMUNITY THAT BEGINS AT BRENTWOOD SCHOOL AND EXTENDS OUTWARD.

They learn that they have a responsibility as future citizens to know about the world around them and to respect and appreciate diversity. They also learn to identify problems and find resources to address these problems. Students report that helping others is rewarding and important and can be a lot of fun. Through service experiences students are introduced to new places and people and educated about issues in their community.

Each year as students move from Kindergarten to 6th Grade their knowledge of their community grows. By the time today’s Kindergarteners enter the Middle School, they will have had seven years of diverse service experiences—cooperating, helping, caring, and demonstrating civic responsibility while also learning. They also will be familiar with many community organizations and diverse groups of people. One of the goals of the service learning program is to make students aware of their responsibilities to their community. Service teaches students values for citizenship including dignity and tolerance along with an appreciation of human diversity and a desire for social justice.

Program Description

Brentwood School is committed to being an active participant in the Los Angeles community. We strive to teach students that community participation and service are part of their responsibilities as good citizens.

Each grade participates in a service project linked to its classroom curriculum. In this way, students are able to apply lessons learned in school to real life experiences in the community (and vice versa). Recognizing the potency of learning through service, we provide students with opportunities to reach out to those in need, as well as to address environmental issues. In the process, our children learn about important community issues and that they can make a difference at any age.

In addition, we hold a number of school drives throughout the year to help people in need living in our community and beyond. Over the years we have held a Backpack Drive, a Thanksgiving Food Drive in November, a Toy Drive, and a Tuna Drive to name a few.

Service Learning News

Bookmarks for Houston

by Samantha Hakim, 2nd Grade Teaching Associate

After the devastation of the floods in Houston, we wanted to come up with a way for the 2nd graders to participate in helping by doing something that they could truly own. The students had already been making personal bookmarks for themselves in class and we thought this could go hand in hand...

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K-12 School Supplies Drive: Helping Houston

As you may know, it is time to kick off our annual school supplies drive. This year, our community will continue to support local LAUSD schools, as well as the Houston School District that is specifically requesting school supplies. In addition we will launch a "virtual drive" on both campuses for monetary donations to support relief work in Houston. While we won't be asking students to bring their cash to campus, we will be talking to students about why, in disasters like these, monetary donations often make the most positive impact and will be asking them to reflect on what they can personally do to help in this way...

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The 3rd Grade Bagel Sale Supports International Causes

by Aubrey G. '26

The 3rd Grade Bagel Sale took place from January 23-27, 2017. We raised money for charities around the world. The bagels were $2 each but only $20 for a dozen. The memories from this thrilling experience will last us for a lifetime. Everyday was action packed and very busy. This adventure had proud "grown-up" moments, and the refreshing smiles on people's faces made the cold air warmer...

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K-12 Service Learning Events

Benefacta Turkey Drive
K-12 Thanksgiving Food Drive
all day
MS/US Special Schedule: Veteran's Day Assembly
K-12 Thanksgiving Food Drive
all day
K-12 Thanksgiving Food Drive
all day
K-12 Thanksgiving Food Drive
all day
K-12 Thanksgiving Food Drive
all day

Lisa Glick

Class of 1985
Director of Service Learning, Lower School
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