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Service Learning

SUCCESS ISN’T MERELY A PERSONAL THING THAT YOU KEEP ALL TO YOURSELF. TO BE SUCCESSFUL, YOU HAVE TO INTERACT WITH YOUR COMMUNITY, ENVIRONMENT, AND BE AWARE OF THE WORLD AROUND YOU.

The Middle School Service Learning Program provides students with meaningful opportunities to develop and nurture a sense of civic responsibility, as they serve others through structured, informative, and reflective experiences. These experiences enable students to develop an appreciation and acceptance of others, a better understanding of the human condition, a desire for social justice, and awareness of local, regional, and global diversity.

Teachers in the Middle School implement service projects that enhance their current curriculum, and students are involved in grade level and division wide service projects that enhance the curriculum or meet the needs of our local, national, or global community. Advisory groups complete service projects that connect to our themes, and serve people inside and outside the school community. In past years, some of these activities have included the Thanksgiving Food Drive, Adopt-a-Family during the holiday season, and natural disaster relief efforts.

Students in the middle school have a number of ways to be involved as they develop their understanding of service and better understand what it means to shape a future with meaning. Through the grade level themes, advisory, division and/or school wide drives, curricular connections, and the Service Leadership Organization, the middle school service program provides an age-appropriate, much needed transition for our students.

Service Learning Organization (SLO)

Students in the Middle School must apply and be accepted to be involved in this organization. Formed in 2013- 2014, the SLO is a select group of middle school students who meet weekly to discuss issues (school to global) and educate the community. The mission of the group is to increase awareness through education and seek meaningful opportunities for service or action.

Service Learning News

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...

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by Amelia M. '21

Normally my classmates and I would be sitting in math or science at 10:45 a.m. on a regular Tuesday. However, on Tuesday, October 25, we were volunteers walking down the hallway of the CalVet Home at the West LA VA to the Skilled Nursing Ward, located only steps from our campus. The feeling in the air was one of intimidation—hospitals can be overwhelming. We arrive at our first location, which is a general meeting spot for the patients. After cordial introductions, we start to sing in harmony. Some veterans come out of their rooms to watch and join the gathering crowd. It is a great feeling to help and bring joy to them...

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K-12 Service Learning Events

No Limits 24 Hour Musical Rehearsal
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EC Theater
No Limits 24 Hour Musical Rehearsal
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EC Theater
No Limits 24 Hour Musical Performance
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EC Theater
MS Human Rights Day
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EC Gym
16/17 Benefacta Service Hours Due (NO EXCEPTIONS)
all day
Benefacta Hours Begin for 17/18 School Year
all day
Benefacta Ceremony
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MS Field

Elizabeth Hall

Director of Service Learning, English & Social Studies, Middle School
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