Service Learning

Service learning projects give our students the opportunity to put their character education into practice.

Service Projects

School-wide: Weekly collections for the Interfaith Food Pantry, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, and Super Service Sunday – a family day of service benefitting our partner charities: Lowman Special Education Center, Heart of Los Angeles, The North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry, and the Boys & Girls Club of San Fernando Valley.

Kindergarten: Toy Drive for Lowman School and adopting a manatee.

First Grade: Students work with 5th Graders to collect and assemble gift bags full of crafts, books and activities for a variety of charities helping children, such as UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and Baby2Baby.

Second Grade: Students collect socks for the Interfaith Food Pantry and visit a retirement community called The Village of Sherman Oaks, where they perform songs and present hand-written cards to the residents.

Third Grade: Students collect Halloween costumes for the Boys & Girls Club of San Fernando Valley and run our annual "SOUP-er Bowl," collecting cans of soup for the Interfaith Food Pantry.

Fourth Grade: Students run the school-wide recycling program. They collect cans and plastic bottles during Friday morning carpool, take them to the recycling center, and use the money to sustain the school's recycling program and to support a cause of their choosing.

Fifth Grade: Students plan and run our Farmers' Market at Open House, collect and donate Thanksgiving food to families at a variety of organizations, and assemble and decorate craft bags for a variety of charities helping children, such as UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and Baby2Baby.

Sixth Grade: Students run the annual Turkey Drive, which benefits families whose children attend the Lowman Special Education Center.

Student Leadership: Runs the "Buck-a-Bagel" drive to raise money for important special causes, including buying phone cards for members of the U.S. military on Veterans' Day and natural disaster relief.

Making a Difference

Many Laurence students participate in community service projects outside of school. We encourage these students to share their good deeds at our Friday assemblies to inspire other students to to the same.

Projects have included:

  • Lemonade stands to benefit a variety of causes and charities
  • Donating hair to Locks of Love and other similar organizations
  • Asking friends to bring toy or pet donations instead of birthday presents
  • Collecting books for Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • Making meal kits for families who are food insecure

We also love to honor these students' work by giving them a Making a Difference Award!