Service Learning at Woodward


Service learning at Woodward Academy strives to develop well-rounded, personally and socially responsible citizens. Through a collaborative, school-wide effort, we want to increase awareness of the importance of community, service, philanthropy, and social justice at the local, national, and global levels.


Community service awareness and participation facilitate the following key goals:

  • To build a stronger sense of community through coordinated, Academy-wide community service efforts
  • To develop strong character as individuals and as a school community
  • To provide opportunities to serve our communities 
  • To create a personal connection for our students with the community service projects
  • To develop student leadership and build confidence for our students
  • To build relationships at the local, national, and global levels with those in need
  • To educate, at age-appropriate levels, the school community about the purposes and goals of all service-learning opportunities
  • To cultivate parent involvement with the students’ community service efforts
  • To cultivate an understanding of the importance of giving to Woodward Academy, both through service and financial support

History  & Guidelines

All five schools of Woodward Academy have teamed up to sponsor three Academy-wide service projects. These three service projects hold significant historical value in the life of Woodward Academy’s commitment to service. In addition, these three projects reflect Woodward’s commitment to engaging in service locally, regionally, and internationally.

Project Focus Month Totals
Canned Food
November Each year, more than $20,000 is raised, 15,000 lbs of food collected
The Terranova
March Each year the amount varies, but in 2011 more than $15,000 was raised for the school.
Boys & Girls Club Walk-a-thon   April Annual Walk-a-thon involves more than 500 students Academy-wide.

Schools may choose one additional project per semester that involves fundraising, but must schedule this project so that it does not conflict with the three Academy-wide projects, The Woodward Fund, or Campaign Woodward.

            SCHOOL Fall Spring
Primary School Star Tree Pennies for Patients
Lower School Jump Rope for Hearts Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Woodward North My House Pennies for Patients
Middle School DFACS adopt a family Save the Children
Upper School Habitat for Humanity JDRF
  • For both Academy-wide and school projects, fundraising efforts will be limited to one ask per event and should not last more than two consecutive weeks.   
  • Woodward will continue to allow autonomy and flexibility within individual schools in order to respond to unique circumstances that may arise during the school year warranting outreach (i.e. National, Global, or Woodward community crisis). Any additional projects must be approved by the Vice President, Dean for Student Life in conjunction with the Advancement office.
  • Community service efforts that involve fundraising will not start prior to October 15, in an effort to coordinate with similar activities of the Advancement Office.
  • The Vice President, Dean for Student Life will work with the Principals to place appropriate limits on the use of paid “out-of-uniform” days and other incentives that might place unwanted negative pressure on individuals or families choosing not to participate in fundraising events.
  • Girl Scout Cookie sales will continue to be permitted at the discretion of the Principals.
  • Woodward Academy will continue to support Boy Scout “Eagle Scout” and Girl Scout “Gold Award” projects, but they must not involve fundraising in any manner.