On Thursday, September 13, while the 9th and 12th Grade classes were enjoying their off-campus retreats, the 10th and 11th Grade classes hopped on buses to various destinations throughout LA. Service activities filled the morning followed by class community-building activities in the afternoon.
Rather than partnering in large groups with just one or two organizations as in past years, the 10th Grade students were organized in advisory groups and volunteered at one of nine different community organizations: MEND, Baby2Baby, Bread and Roses Café/Food Pantry, Bessie Pregerson Child Development Center, Portraits of Hope, No Limits, OPICA, VA Japanese Garden, or Operation Gratitude. At Portraits of Hope, an organization that "conceives and develops one-of-a-kind motivational art projects that merge the production of dynamic public artworks with creative therapy," Upper School art teacher Mike Knight presented the staff there with a stained glass piece he created in the style of Portraits of Hope projects our students have been part of in the past.
Meanwhile, the 11th Grade students ventured to Will Rogers State Beach in a morning of environmental education and beach cleanup, followed by some good fun back on campus doing team-building activities.
All of the students came together at the end of the day back on campus for an Ice Cream Social hosted by the Parents Association—the perfect way to end a perfect day of service with your classmates. Enjoy this photo gallery from the day!