Service Learning

Pick Your Proximity. Serve with Dignity. 

The Woodward Way isn’t simply about bettering ourselves, but about finding ways to make positive impacts within the greater communities in which we serve. 

With community partners proximate to our school’s campus, our students have the opportunity to pick how they want to engage civically within the local community. Whether it be mentoring at the Jesse Draper Boys and Girls Club, interacting with seniors at the local College Park Senior Center, packing food for individuals experiencing homelessness with Love Beyond Walls, or building a home with Habitat for Humanity, our volunteer efforts start directly in our own backyard.

"I believe that through service, you can gain a better understanding of others and their differences, as well as an action-oriented mindset. We truly do have the opportunity to impact the lives of others." -Hannah Watkoske '18
School-wide, we support the efforts of three community partners locally and globally: The Jesse Draper Boys and Girls Club, The Atlanta Community Food Bank, and The Terranova School in Mazabuka, Zambia. In addition, each school chooses community partners that are emblematic of the age and growth of the students in each school.

The following organizations are just a few that Woodward partners with each year:

  • Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club
  • Atlanta Community Food Bank
  • Horizons at Woodward
  • Love Beyond Walls
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Blessings in a Backpack
  • The Main Street Academy
  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • American Heart Association

"The tools our students gain through service learning are intangible. When they engage with individuals outside of our school community, they learn about themselves as students, as people, and as members of a much greater community of 'do-ers.' They see the value of action and can incite conversations with others about topics that are relevant and engaging." -David-Aaron Roth, Service Learning Coordinator

Students in the Upper School also can also elect to take a deeper dive into our school’s efforts in service learning and civic engagement through our Distinction in Service Learning, as well as two academic courses that reflect our school’s efforts both locally and globally: 

Service Learning: Serve Locally with Dignity
Service Learning: Ethical Global Engagement

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Mission: It is the mission of our Service Learning program to increase student awareness of the local and global needs in the communities that we serve. Through intellectual inquiry and hands-on experiences, students will become critical thinkers and empathetic decision-makers to create cultures of thoughtfulness in the communities around them.

 

Vision: It is the hope that graduates leave Woodward Academy with an understanding of civic engagement and social consciousness to become visionaries and leaders in creating respectful communities that promote purpose, equity, dignity, and justice.