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Middle School Community Service

Recognized as one of the most outstanding student community service programs in America by U.S. News and World Report, our program provides students the opportunity to serve at numerous off-campus sites during the school day. Although there are no requirements for service at Chadwick, 90% of our student body voluntarily participates in some part of the program each year. Our fundamental assumption is that service leads to empathy, empathy to understanding, and understanding to a shared responsibility for a better world.

Community Service in the Middle School reflects students’ growing concern for the world around them while recognizing the need to make the experience developmentally appropriate. Each grade participates in two “Days of Service” with their entire class each year.

Here is a list of all of the Community Service Events and Activities this school year: Community Service 2017-18 Events.

7th Grade

Our students appreciate their own educations, but they are sometimes unaware of the challenges that face students enrolled in some of our largest school districts.We take it for granted that our students have wonderful library access, inspirational programs, and generous facilities.Our students will celebrate the power of literacy, reading, and poetry to change and enhance lives.Our students volunteer within the classrooms at 93rd Street School in Los Angeles.In the fall their focus is on reader’s theatre, emphasizing reading fluency and understanding by dramatizing the literature.During their second visit, they work with the poetry slam group “Get Lit!” to encourage an interest in writing and reciting poetry.

8th Grade

While most all of our students take it for granted that they will have access to three nutritious meals a day, many in Los Angeles are considered “food insecure.”Our students will be made aware of some of the challenges facing those who cannot depend upon a reliable source of sustenance.During the morning of their first day of service, they board school vans with their advisor and head to one of nine different agencies that support those seeking food support. The following is list of sites where our students may volunteer:

All Life Charities in Wilmington

Curt’s Kitchen

Harbor Interfaith

Shared Bread

St. Margaret’s Center

St. Joseph Center

The Poverty Program at SS. Peter and Paul

Toberman Neighborhood Center

House of Yahweh

Los Angeles Food Bank

Salvation Army in Harbor City, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica

Following their service at one of the agencies, they returned to Chadwick for a simple lunch followed by the packaging of 10,000 meals to send to international or domestic social service and emergency relief agencies.The meal packaging is coordinated by StopHungerNow or The Outreach Program.

In the spring, students have the opportunity to experience the sites offered throughout our Upper School Service program.In the Upper School, service is an elective that enables volunteers to go to a site of their choice, during lunch and 7th periods, on the day of choice, every week of the year.During this Day of Service, the Middle School students travel to one of ten off-campus service sites – public schools, programs for the disabled, convalescent care centers, preschools – to learn about the agency and to volunteer for the morning.In the afternoon the students learn about the on-campus opportunities for service available to them next year including Ovations, EcoCommunity, and the Community Service Advisory Board.

International Peace Day: Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on campus
This year, Chadwick students in Grades 7-12 have the opportunity to act as guides and buddies for the day to 100 foster children enrolled in programs at Peace4Kids, a local nonprofit organization. Buddies will accompany these children throughout the day's program as they learn about the marine world and go "Under the Sea" all over the campus. We need volunteers for this very rewarding experience! All volunteers must attend the on-campus training at 9 a.m. on Feb. 3 in the Lecture Hall.

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Becky Noble
Community Service Director
(310) 377-1543, ext. 4182

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Chadwick School is a private, K-12 co-educational school dedicated to developing global citizens with keen minds, exemplary character, self-knowledge and the ability to lead. Located on a 45-acre hilltop on the scenic Palos Verdes Peninsula, we aim to bring out the best in our students through experiential learning, one-on-one mentoring, unparalleled global opportunities, an outstanding athletics program, highly accredited outdoor education experiences and an award-winning visual and performing arts program. We are pleased that more than 800 students from over 45 Southern California communities have chosen to call Chadwick "home."

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