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...
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.
which 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.
by Betsy Hall, Director of Service Learning, Middle School
In the Middle School, there are a number of ways for students to develop their leadership skills. The Service Leadership Organization (SLO) is one in which members play active roles in organizing drives, projects, and initiatives that are important to the Middle School and that serve others. During our Thanksgiving Food Drive and Adopt-a-Family programs, poverty and food insecurity became a topic of continued conversation...
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...