Teaching students the importance of helping their community begins in the Lower School. We want our students to understand that even at the youngest age, they can make a difference.
Our community service program is integrated into the curriculum across all grade levels, with opportunities to get involved in many ways — through school-wide community service events, classroom service activities, and a voluntary “All Star” program for individuals.
The Lower School student council helps coordinate a number of school-wide community service events each year. These include toy drives for hospitalized children and a used book drive for students in need at area elementary schools. Each homeroom also selects a community service project of its own. For example, a third grade might use funds it raises from school recycling to sponsor an impoverished child abroad.
The All-Star Program
On an individual level, all kindergarten through fifth grade students can earn a Community Service All-Star certificate for completing 10 hours of service. The voluntary All-Star program grew organically from the personal service projects of our students. When our Community Service Committee became aware that several students were doing extraordinary things to help others in need, they honored the students at a weekly assembly. Immediately, other students were inspired to do good works, and the Community Service All-Star Program took flight.
No matter what level of involvement students choose, we want all students to realize that Buckley is dedicated to reaching out, whether it’s helping others at school, in the wider Los Angeles community, or beyond.