Through activities such as meeting with their representatives in state government or spearheading sustainability projects for their school and local community, students at LWGMS learn that each of them has the power to effect change in the world.
Service Learning is an integral and rewarding part of the LWGMS experience. The goal of the Service Learning program is for students to recognize their own abilities to improve their communities and nurture a sense of responsibility and pride as students take action to improve their local and global communities.
Each student takes part in a grade-level service project, every year. These projects focus on our local community. The sixth grade class is linked to our neighbor, Byrd Barr Place. At Byrd Barr Place, students volunteer in the food bank to sort food into grocery bags for their Home Delivery Program. Seventh Grade students will each spend a half day at Angeline's Day Center for Women in Downtown Seattle. At Angeline's, students will help prepare and serve lunch to the guests at the center. The eighth grade project is connected to our neighborhood and larger Central District community. Students will help compile backpacks full of food for students at Leschi Elementary who are experiencing homelessness. These backpacks get distributed to students for their time away from school during breaks when they do not have their regular access to school breakfast and lunch programs.
Past service learning projects include: reading with students from Bailey Gatzert Elementary, Water 1st International’s Carry 5 Walk for Water, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance’s Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day, YWCA’s Thanksgiving Basket Drive, United Nations Foundation’s GirlUp Rally, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Beat the Bridge, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Country Doctor Community Health Center’s Spa Day Drive for domestic violence shelters, and fundraising for the Maasai Girls Education Fund.
Social Justice Film Festival
L-Dub’s 4th Annual Social Justice Film Festival was held at the Broadway Performance Hall, and we are so grateful to all of our students and families who joined us in support the Class of 2017. Thank you also to the Alhadeff family for making the event possible and supplying wonderful Majestic Bay popcorn!
As part of the Social Studies class and the Walls to Bridges program, each eighth grader worked with her classmates to agree on a topic, generate a thesis, create a storyboard, integrate interviews, videos, and still photos, and edit a five-minute film that will inspire our audience to act, to think, and to discuss issues important to our students.
At the end of the screening, guests jumped on smartphones and voted for their favorite films. The results were tallied and real time and Ms. Hearn announced the winners...
The Dark Side of Disney
By Amy and Anabelle
Best Call to Action:
Living in a Hateful World
By Madison, Georgia, and Hazel
Most Original Idea:
More Than a Diagnosis
By Celia C. and Olive
I Am More Than a Body
By Megan, Charlotte, and Nadia