Volunteer Outreach and Service Learning

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.

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

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. Our elementary students and families have taken part in several service projects for this great organization, preparing fruit baskets in one of Project Angel Food’s kitchens, assisting with special events, and creating hand-crafted projects for those they serve. We also regularly send the food grown in the HSH Garden to Project Angel Food for their charitable use.

Formidable Joy

Hollywood Schoolhouse and Formidable Joy partnered to create HSH for H₂O, a three-week fundraising and service-learning campaign where children learned about the global water crisis and raised money to bring a new water well to a community in Malawi, Africa.

A custom HSH for H₂O logo was created and all students received an H₂O sticker.

JUST Water partnered with us and donated water to all the students and staff. After enjoying their JUST Water, students decorated their JUST bottles and transformed them into coin-collecting devices.

A tippy tap (a hand-washing station made of branches, buckets & rope) was constructed and placed on the school yard for students to explore and experience.

Every class received Formidable Fact sheets that included information about the global water crisis, Malawi specifics, and everyday water usage facts.

One student launched her very own chores for change campaign and raised over $150! Another young student made signs, asked for donations and sold JUST Water at local hiking trails. Grade 3 raised money & awareness with a lemonade stand on Larchmont Boulevard, garnering $432 in just 2 hours! 4th Graders collected so much change via their JUST Water bottles that their Jerry Can weighed over 30lbs! An anonymous generous donor offered a matching challenge grant of up to $5,000! The children collected over 545 pounds of change!

March 6th was a day of joy. Students returned their JUST Water bottle coin collections, participated in water-related activities, an obstacle course, and surprises and prizes awaited them. We ended the day celebrating our achievements with an all-school dance party. It was a day devoted to fun, physical activities and philanthropy. JUST Water joined us to capture our efforts for their social media platforms.

The ripple effects of our small local efforts have the power to make big changes. It only takes a little to make a big difference.

Roots and Shoots — The Jane Goodall Institute

Hollywood Schoolhouse students, families, and community members are honored to support Dr. Jane Goodall.

We are thrilled to announce that our service learning program has now partnered with Roots and Shoots! Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is a youth service program for young people of all ages. Their mission is to foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, other animals, and the environment.

The wonderful network of people at Roots and Shoots will help give our students the opportunity to volunteer alongside other students their age, joining an existing campaign cause, or they may choose to create their very own campaign, tackling an issue that is close to their hearts. Whichever they decide, they will have chance to think critically, collaborate with others, and take action now.

For more information on this organization check out their website: rootsandshoots.org

TreePeople

TreePeople is a nonprofit association that benefits both nature and people. Our upper elementary classes have helped this organization 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.

Elizabeth A. MacDonald Foundation (EAMF)

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. 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!