On Friday, January 17, Lower School students gathered for the 29th Annual Jump Rope for Heart event.
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
Sophomore Gabriela Norwood raised funds for local children's shelter this winter.
Senior Lexi Bortnick has been named one of Atlanta INtown Paper's 20 Under 20.
Woodward Girl Scouts in Troop 10715 have completed a number of service projects throughout the year.
This past Wednesday, approximately 25 students from the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools along with five members of the faculty traveled to the Jesse Draper Boys and Girls Club for a Fall Festival celebrating Halloween...