Immaculate Heart Freshmen Carry on School’s Legacy of Community Service

Published : Monday, September 25, 2017 | 12:27 PM

 Students hauled mulch and spread it around the base of drought-stricken trees under the guidance of the Friends of Griffith Park.

As part of their recent Freshman Retreat, members of Immaculate Heart High School’s Class of 2021 spent several weekend hours performing community service at sites around Los Angeles.

 Students hauled mulch and spread it around the base of drought-stricken trees under the guidance of the Friends of Griffith Park.

Service is an essential part of Immaculate Heart’s history and mission, as students learned during the retreat. In fact, last year alone, IH students contributed some 14,000 hours of service in their neighborhoods.

 Students beautify a garden at St. Patrick School in North Hollywood.

Joining that legacy of service in action, more than 100 freshmen split into three groups and ventured off campus on Saturday, September 16, to share their energy and enthusiasm with others. One group pulled weeds with EnrichLA at a community garden at St. Patrick School in North Hollywood. Another group sorted food items at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. And yet another eager group hiked to nearby Griffith Park where they hauled and spread mulch around drought-stricken trees.

 Students sort donated food items at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

Immaculate Heart’s freshmen this year hail from more than 40 middle schools and represent 51 zip codes in greater Los Angeles. Their overnight retreat – which featured the theme “Finding Your Heart” – offered the opportunity for the freshmen to strengthen friendships and grow in their spirituality as they learned about the high school’s history.

“By gaining a greater understanding of Immaculate Heart’s mission and vision, students can begin to see how integral they are to continuing to make Immaculate Heart a community of faith, friendship, and service,” explained IH Principal Naemah Morris.

About Immaculate Heart

Founded in 1906, Immaculate Heart High School & Middle School educates young women in grades sixth through 12th from its central location in the Los Feliz foothills near Griffith Park in Hollywood. The school has a long and distinguished history, with more than 10,000 graduates. Today’s student body of more than 700 young women is both geographically and ethnically diverse, drawing on students from throughout Los Angeles County. Last year, virtually 100 percent of Immaculate Heart graduates matriculated to colleges, including the most prestigious schools in the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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