Service Learning, Community Engagement, and Sustainability
Echo Horizon School is focused on enriching our students' lives through community outreach and service learning opportunities. Each year, our faculty and Parent Association develops a range of student and family oriented activities that encourage citizenship, generosity, and responsibility. We integrate service learning and eco-awareness within our curriculum to emphasize the importance of activism, volunteerism, and community involvement.
Highlights of our annual community service activities include Ballona Creek Clean-Up, Thanksgiving food drive, book donations, literacy campaigns, holiday support for families in need, Big Sunday, and more.
We are mindful and purposeful about implementing sustainable practices that help our students become ecologically aware. At Echo Horizon School, we have a tradition of practicing what we teach.
Our children have participated in nationwide eco programs, such as the annual four-week Green Cup Challenge, where students measure and reduce energy usage and carbon output. In our first year, we lowered energy consumption by 12 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 Grade class. We are continually expanding our recycling efforts, and incorporate recycled or reused materials in many student projects. We recently revitalized our "no waste" lunch program with incredible support and participation from Echo Horizon families.
Service Learning and sustainability represent values that unite our Echo Horizon School community. Teachers, students, classroom aides, parents, maintenance staff, administrators, yard supervisors all know we are in this together and that the long-term benefits reach beyond our School's boundaries.