The Season of Giving last December was a huge success across both campuses as families generously supported the various efforts in each division to help those in need during the holidays. Each Director of Service Learning reports on the outcomes...
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.
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. To this end, we hold a number of school drives throughout the year to help people in need living in our community and beyond. This year there will be a Backpack Drive in September, a Thanksgiving Food Drive in November, a Toy Drive in December, and a Tuna Drive in February.
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, will provide students 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.
Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our Thanksgiving drives this year. As we continue with our holiday drives we wanted to take a moment to pause and show our appreciation for all that you have done so far! Below, enjoy a message from Lisa Glick, a few reflections from Middle School students about their experience, and a wrap up from James Hughes...
Each year, the 6th Grade is tasked with choosing a group service learning project. This year's class chose to address the issue of hunger and decided on a 3-part project: direct service, raising awareness, and fundraising. This month students visited MEND and volunteered in the food pantry, and helped at No Limits where they packed snacks for the 75 hearing-impaired students and their siblings who visit the center after school. The 6th Grade "Snack Shack" Bake Sale was held in January at Sports Spectacular, where students raised $1,600 to donate to MEND and No Limits for food donations. As one 6ht grader explained, "When people saw us at the Bake Sale they wanted to help fight hunger too."