Service Learning Partnerships

Windward has a robust service learning program in which our students, faculty, staff, and parents engage in a wide range of community partnerships, including:

Allies for Every Child: Each year, Windward families host a Thanksgiving dinner at Allies for Every Child. Windward community members donate food and volunteer by cooking and serving the holiday meal to clients of the Center. Windward also partners with the organization for Giving Tuesday, collecting donations of toys and gift cards to be gifted to AFEC residents. Finally, Windward students assist families by hosting holiday photoshoots and providing printed family portraits. 
 
Middle School Service Learning
This year, the School expanded our Middle School Service learning program and partnered with PATH (People Assisting the Homeless). The School held three in-person sessions, with a fourth virtual event. These included projects such as making hygiene kits for homeless individuals, wrapping holiday presents that were donated for Giving Tuesday, and making gift baskets for individuals who are moving into PATH housing. The fourth virtual event included a tour of the brand new PATH facility, as well as a Q&A with PATH to learn more about the homeless situation in Los Angeles
 
Richland Avenue Elementary School: Windward teaches Richland Avenue Elementary School students in Grades Three to Six various forms of Latin dance. The class is led by Windward Dance guest artists and student volunteers. Windward Juniors also created a Girls in STEM program open to elementary students .

Mar Vista Elementary School: Each year, Windward partners with Mar Vista Elementary as part of Big Sunday, helping the school with beautification efforts such as gardening, painting, and playground upkeep. Windward also holds an improv class led by the School's W!T team, sessions for girls interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) hosted by Windward Juniors, and Kid CREATE, an arts and sciences program.

Grandview Elementary School: Working with Grandview Elementary, Windward leads numerous workshops including W!T improv classes, Art Explorers, and a Media Bytes technology class. 

Elementary Outreach: Windward works with neighboring elementary schools with events such as Big Sunday, a landscaping and restoration event with Walgrove School, to hosting arts and tech programs for the students of Grandview Elementary. Windward Juniors also created a Girls in STEM program open to elementary students from Richland Avenue, Beethoven Elementary, and Walgrove School. This year Windward also added a five-week math program with Overland Elementary.
Other Community Service Learning Partners
MAR VISTA FAMILY CENTER
OPCC IN SANTA MONICA
SPECIAL OLYMPICS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
NKLA ANIMAL SHELTER
ADOPT & SHOP
CAMP HARMONY
LA YOUTH COUNCIL
PRIME TIME SPORTS AT PALMS MIDDLE SCHOOL
GENTLE BARN
MAR VISTA COMMUNITY COUNCIL
GRANDVIEW PALMS SENIOR LIVING CENTER
MAR VISTA FALL FESTIVAL
MEND
FOOD FORWARD
DO GOOD BUS
ONE VOICE
SAFE PLACE FOR YOUTH
FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE
NORTH WESTDALE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
MAR VISTA BLOCK PARTY