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  • 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
  • US 2012-13 Community Service Totals

    --Habitat for Humanity:
    $10,000.00
    --The Terranova School:
    $3,100.00 ($17,854.04 Academy's Grand Total)
    --Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club Walk-athon:
    $24,442.00 ($43,118.78 Academy's Grand Total)
    --Canned Food Drive:
    $16,603.00 and 24,000 lbs. of food (Academy's Grand Total)

    Posted July 31, 2013
  • Blessings in a Backpack

    L-R: Ansley Koscik, Grace Broadbent, Dr. Felker, Olivia Koscik, and Isabelle Koscik

    Last fall, four Woodward students started a service project at Mount Olive Elementary School called "Blessings in a Backpack." On most Fridays, the students took food to at-risk students at Mount Olive for them to have over the weekend. Because of their efforts, the students (shown in photo with Dr. Darryl Felker, principal of Mount Olive) were presented a community partner award on Friday, May 17.

    Posted June 3, 2013
  • Students Raise $14,000 for Childhood Cancer

    Tristan Cooke, John Comer, and Marshall Ohlhausen

    Upper School Juniors Marshall Ohlhausen, Tristan Cooke, and John Comer hosted a weekend event to raise money for CURE Childhood Cancer. All three students are avid sporting clay shooters, so they decided to host an event that attracted 27 teams of father/son shooters, many of them from Woodward families. Final numbers aren't in yet, but they estimate the event raised about $14,000. Learn more about the students' fundraising event at www.shoottocure.org.

    Posted April 30, 2013
  • Girls Soccer Team Partners with Habitat

    Through a long-standing partnership with Habitat for Humanity, the varsity girls soccer team recently joined the Park Lane Elementary Discovery students on a field trip to Fernbank. The team volunteers with Park Lane's Saturday morning Discovery Program.

    Posted April 3, 2013
  • Soaps for Terranova

    Here is a way you can help our sister school in Zambia, Africa! If you have unused soaps, hair conditioners and shampoos, or other small travel items you have collected, they need them. These products are the perfect size for the staff at the Julia Burke Medical Clinic at the Terranova School to hand out to their community.

    It may be hard to believe, but in their world, soap is a special thing. Your help will be greatly appreciated and Mr. Dietz (MS assistant principal) thanks you from the kids at Terranova School. Please gather these new items and drop them off at the Middle School front desk.

    Here is a way you can help our sister school in Zambia, Africa!

    Posted March 26, 2013