Volunteer Outreach/Service Learning
The Hollywood Schoolhouse nurtures, supports, and inspires each of us to be the best version of ourselves. One of the most important lessons we can learn is the value of giving ourselves for the betterment of others. We do this by partnering with several different organizations, year after year, whose missions are to create a better world.
Trees provide air and other natural resources for us. TreePeople is a nonprofit association that benefits both nature and people. This past school year, our upper elementary classes helped shovel, turn, transplant, and learn to properly prepare over 500 pieces of greenery for planting. We also participate in park clean-ups and other tree care events.
Our second-grade students are also encouraged to be young philanthropists through their annual “Second Grade Sale”. Students work hard creating products out of recyclables then invite our school community to purchase their creations. We then donate those proceeds to the organization selected for that term by the students themselves. Over the past several years, we have donated to the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, various Animal Shelters, and the Apex Protection Foundation.
Project Angel Food was created by a group of compassionate volunteers who were concerned about our most fragile community members suffering in silence while battling critical illnesses. Last school year, our elementary students and families took part in several service projects – preparing fruit baskets in one of Project Angel Food’s kitchens, assisting with special events, and creating hand crafted projects for those they serve.
On Helping Hands Day, the Early Childhood Education program (both preschool and JK) team up to raise money to shine light on the siblings and families of critically ill children in Los Angeles through a wonderful organization called the Elizabeth A. MacDonald Foundation (EAMF). Elizabeth is a dear friend to one of our HSH parents, and we have teamed up with her in the past years to host a sale at our school with all of the proceeds going to the EAMF! When a collection of handmade crafts (all created by our younger students) are done and ready, we invite the school and parents to shop till they drop! It’s a wonderful way to teach the children a little bit about philanthropy and allows them to be active participants!
As you can see, volunteerism is a way to see beyond our own horizons and to expand our perception of what is possible in life. The good that results from our volunteering experiences keep us coming back for more, making it truly, a lifelong pursuit!