Service learning projects give our students the opportunity to put their character education into practice.
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, L.A. Family Housing, 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 L.A. Family Housing, 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 Government: 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 Veteran's Day and natural disaster relief.
Making a DifferenceLaurence students practice making a difference through our Buddy program, which involves older students mentoring younger ones through meaningful, social activities. Our students also build compassion through service learning, meaning that they spearhead projects at each grade level that help give back to the community.
Laurence students also practice respecting others in our weekly, song-filled Red, White, Blue & Green Assemblies, which provide an opportunity for community-building, birthday celebrations, and publicly recognizing students who have helped those in need with our "Making A Difference" award.
Additionally, the children learn acceptance and tolerance through morning classroom meetings, connecting with one another each morning, discussing their feelings in a safe environment, and setting a positive tone for the school day.