Service learning integrates community service projects with academic study to connect classroom learning with the real world. It strengthens our community and teaches civic responsibility. We guide our students out of the classroom and into the community into experiences that will give them a better understanding of the issues and challenges that all communities face. We help them to identify problems and design solutions. At the core of service learning is the intent that both providers of the service and the recipients find the experience beneficial and sometimes even transforming.
The word “community” is an intentional and integral part of our name. Throughout the year we seek out opportunities to reach out to our neighbors to walk the walk with our students and demonstrate in a meaningful way the importance of getting involved.
The Willows maintains close ties with its neighbors reaching out regularly to support local businesses. We make our facilities, such as our gymnasium, theatre, and campus, available to the outside community whenever possible.
The Willows Culver City Connections Committee, a group of board members, parents, faculty, staff, and parents, links Willows' constituents with the local community. The committee produces a Culver City Directory of restaurants, businesses, and attractions that is distributed annually to all parents and conducts several community service events. Our weekly parent e-newsletter contains two sections, a Culver City Corner and a Los Angeles Cultural Happenings, to apprise our families of special attractions in Culver City and Los Angeles.
A few examples of our community involvement and partnerships include initiatives with Los Angeles City Events and environmental projects, The Young Storytellers Foundation,
the Culver City Chamber of Commerce, Culver City Educational Foundation, Choice Group, Inc.
, and Visual Arts Workshops open to Culver City and Los Angeles teachers.