Published : Wednesday, June 1, 2016 | 3:36 PM
The Class of 2016 highlighted the strength of community at the Reach Out Assembly this week. Every year this day is significant to the eighth graders as their efforts leading the school-wide reach out events throughout the year come full circle. Raising the funds distributed this day by hosting the Harvest Festival or distributing Love Grams challenges the students to be creative, organized and responsible. Giving the money away celebrates their collaborative work towards a meaningful goal.
Weeks before the Reach Out Assembly the eighth graders reflect on the needs within their community and within their personal lives, and then research organizations, prepare visual and oral presentations, and offer their choices to the entire class for consideration. It is always an emotional and often courageous endeavor for the kids.
Deciding on which organizations will receive the funds is so difficult, not only because they are all worthwhile, but because each has deep significance to a member of the eighth grade class. The recipients this year chosen by the Class of 2016 included Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Inner City Arts, Lead Safe America, Urban Compass, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Homeboy Industries, Methodist Hospital Stroke Care Center, and Society of the Holy Child Jesus ministries among others.
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