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  • Woodward Participates in Walk for Wishes

    On Saturday, May 2, Woodward Academy once again had a strong showing in the Make a Wish Georgia Walk for Wishes, with participation from members of the Academy’s JV and varsity lacrosse teams, swim teams, and others. Sophomores Emily Citarella and Rob Bowden raised more than $2,000 for the cause and organized the involvement of the sports teams as well as friends and parents.

    This year the Walk for Wishes raised more than $347,000 in support of the 350 wishes that will be granted in 2015 to children living with life-threatening conditions in Georgia.

    Posted May 12, 2015
  • Winter Blood Drive

    Thank you to all who donated during the fall blood drive on February 10. There were 49 student and employee donors who gave 33 pints of blood which has the potential to reach as many as 99 pateints!

    Posted February 19, 2015
  • Sophomores Launch United Way Service Projects

    Rylee Jahn, Angelica Solomon and Kadi Weakland Students decorate bags for New Home Kits for formerly homeless veterans.

    In partnership with United Way of Greater Atlanta (UWGA), Woodward Academy sophomores Kadi Weakland and Rylee Jahn have launched two on-site service projects that United Way will monitor as a potential model for other high school service programs. Upper School Service Learning Coordinator and English teacher Ronda Zents will serve as coordinator.

    UWGA’s Volunteerism Project Coordinator Kisha Stanley visited with the Woodward Academy Service Club on Jan. 9 to outline the projects. UWGA Peers Reaching Out (PRO) Team member Angelica Solomon, a 25-year-old veteran who previously experienced homelessness, also shared her story of re-entry into civilian life, providing the students with a different concept of the people their efforts will affect. After three years of military service, Ms. Solomon now works with UWGA to help fellow veterans overcome homelessness.

    Woodward Academy students decorated 125 bags for New Home Kits for formerly homeless veterans on Jan. 14. Volunteers are welcome to help fill those bags with household items such as dinnerware, towels, and cleaning supplies on Jan. 21 at 12:15 p.m. in Athletic Complex Room A240. The kits will be distributed directly to veterans through UWGA partner agency Homes of Light.

    In March, students will create Shoebox Kits for homeless children. Further details on this project are forthcoming.

    Posted January 21, 2015
  • Fall Blood Drive

    Thank you to all who donated during the fall blood drive on October 21. There were 39 pints collected which will help save 117 lives!

    Posted October 24, 2014
  • Blessings in a Backpack Recognized by Mayors Alliance

    The Woodward Academy chapter of Blessings in a Backpack was recently recognized by the National Alliance of Mayors. On Thursday, September 18, mayor Jannquell Peters of the City of East Point along with Woodward president Dr. Stuart Gulley, will help Woodward Academy students pack 75 backpacks full of healthy snacks for students who attend Mount Olive Elementary School in East Point.

    Woodward Academy students and siblings Olivia Koscik, senior, and Isabelle Koscik, sophomore, co-founded the Academy’s chapter of Blessings in a Backpack in 2012 after visiting the neighboring elementary school and learning that many of the students received free or reduced lunch, and many students had little to eat outside of what they received at school. Olivia and Isabelle made a three-year commitment to partner with the school by providing backpacks filled with healthy snacks each week so that the elementary students would not go hungry over the weekend.

    Woodward also was named the 2013 Prestigious Partner of the Year by the Fulton Education Foundation for the Academy’s partnership with Mount Olive Elementary.

    Posted September 15, 2014
  • Girls Lacrosse Team Members Join in Walk for Wishes

    Members of the girls varsity lacrosse team participated in the Georgia Make A Wish Foundation's annual Walk for Wishes on a recent Saturday. Freshman Emily Citarella organized the lacrosse team members and collected donations for the Walk for Wishes.

    Members of the girls varsity lacrosse team participated in the Georgia Make A Wish Foundation's annual Walk for Wishes on a recent Saturday. Freshman Emily Citarella organized the lacrosse team members and collected donations for the Walk for Wishes.

    Posted May 7, 2014
  • WA Celebrates World Book Night

    Woodward Academy Upper School students put 280 books into the hands of elementary school students last week in celebration of World Book Night. Woodward made special presentations at the neighborhood charter school, Main Street Academy, and the Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club.

    Posted April 28, 2014
  • Woodward Families Take Mission Trip to Kenya

    Lower School PE teacher Greg Vandagriff and his son Brock, 6th grade, recently traveled to Kenya on a mission trip for the Kenya Project/FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) Mission.

    The group visited Mountain Park Academy in Nakuru, Kenya. Each morning during their visit, the group assisted teachers in the classroom at the Academy. Later in the day, the Kenyan students were taught sports like American football, volleyball, soccer, kickball and other games.

    The Vandagriff's traveled with the Witmer family (Stephen '16 and Tucker '17) and the Cole family (A.J. '14 and Susannah '17), along with members of FCA from across the country.

    Posted April 1, 2014
  • Hundreds of Girl Scout Cookies Sent to Troops

    Woodward senior Hayley Goldberg, a member of Girl Scout Troop 25511, recently sold 588 boxes of Girl Scout cookies for the Woodward Cares program.

    Woodward Cares, led by Upper School teacher Sandy Adamek, sends care packages to Academy alumni and friends currently serving in the military overseas. As Mrs. Adamek said, "Nothing says 'home' more than Girl Scout cookies!"

    Posted March 7, 2014
  • Two Students Named '20 Under 20' by Atlanta INtown

    Senior Grace Broadbent Junior Olivia Koscik

    Woodward Academy senior Grace Broadbent and junior Olivia Koscik have recently been named '20 Under 20' by Atlanta INtown paper, which recognizes Atlanta area students for their exemplary community service and volunteer efforts.

    Grace and Olivia are Upper School Service Leaders who have distinguished themselves in their commitment to community service through their project "Blessings in a Backpack." Two years ago, they were introduced to the neighborhood Mt. Olive Elementary school when their SOAR (homeroom) groups went to read to the students during lunch. Through this initial connection, Olivia and Grace learned that many students at the school are on free or reduced lunch and have little to eat outside of what they receive at school.

    In response to this need, Olivia and Grace partnered with the national organization "Blessing in a Backpack" to provide healthy snacks to students at the school. In the fall of 2012, the girls engaged in a three-year commitment with Mt. Olive Elementary to buy, pack and deliver 50 backpacks to the school every Friday so that these students would not go hungry over the weekends. This year, Olivia and Grace plan to serve 75 students with weekly backpacks.

    Posted December 5, 2013
  • French Students Celebrate Père Noël

    Upper School French students in Mme. Jennifer Willis' class recently enjoyed the tradition of decorating shoes in anticipation of Père Noël's (Father Christmas') arrival. Lower School students decorated the shoes and the Upper Schoolers filled them with candy.

    Posted December 3, 2013
  • Two Juniors Selected for ADL Youth Leadership Mission

    Juniors Rachel Erbrick and Jacob Reich have been selected to represent Woodward in the ADL Grosfeld Family National Youth Leadership Mission to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. in November.

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is one of the nation’s premier civil rights and human relations agencies. Constantly striving to develop creative approaches to countering prejudice, in 1996 ADL’s Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest Regional Office launched an annual Youth Leadership Mission to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Utilizing the Museum’s dramatic portrayal of events, this Mission to our nation’s capital offers a substantive and effective vehicle for applying the lessons of the Holocaust to modern-day issues of bigotry.

    The Chicago model has been expanded to include delegations from other cities. This year’s Mission will consist of 105 student delegates from ten ADL regions – Atlanta, Chicago, Florida, Los Angeles, New England, New Orleans, New York, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Washington, D.C.

    Each delegation will consist of a diverse group of high school juniors (and two adult ADL chaperones) selected to participate because of their leadership potential, demonstrated interest in addressing issues of diversity, and ability to impart the messages of the Mission to others.

    Posted August 27, 2013