Service Learning, Community Engagement, and Sustainability
Echo Horizon School is focused on enriching our students' lives through community outreach and service learning opportunities. These efforts instill an ethic of generosity and provide an avenue to practice service. Each year, our faculty and Parent Association develop a range of activities from helping those less fortunate in our community to sustainability and eco-awareness events that engage Echo Horizon School students and enhance their educational experience.
Parent involvement as volunteers adds another dimension and strengthens the impact of involvement in community outreach far beyond our families. We incorporate service learning into the curriculum, thereby empowering students to develop and instigate their own outreach efforts.
Our annual community service activities highlights include Ballona Creak Clean-up, Thanksgiving project, book drives, Holiday Project Celebration, Big Sunday, and more—and these hands-on experiences present invaluable learning tools for our students.
Echo Horizon has always believed in a deeper shade of green. In fact, we've always taken a long-term approach to sustainability. As a community, we've developed an awareness of our behaviors of consumption and have focused our attention on environmentally-friendly actions. We are mindful and purposeful about ensuring sustainable practices each year. Building on the concept of interconnectedness, we integrate ecological principles and sustainability into the school curriculum, and help our students become ecologically aware.
Our children have participated in nationwide eco programs, such as the annual four-week Green Cup Challenge, during which they help with measuring and reducing energy usage and carbon output. In our first year alone, we lowered energy consumption by 12.33 percent and carbon emissions by 3700 lbs. per month. More recently, our 3rd-6th graders were recognized by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's Sustainable City Plan to reduce water usage.
In addition to our student Garden, we have a composting center manned by our 2nd graders, we're continually expanding our recycling program, and we attempt to use recycled or reused materials in all student projects. When we revitalized our 'no waste' lunch program, our Echo Horizon School families quickly fell into step.
In fact, when it comes to green, we're all in step. Teachers, students, classroom aides, parents, maintenance staff, administrators, yard supervisors... we all know we're in this together and that the long-term benefits reach beyond our School’s boundaries.