Viewpoint School is dedicated to creating and encouraging ethical leaders. We strive to develop both intelligence and conscience.
Students at Viewpoint initiate and execute community service activities throughout the year, in which there is a rich exchange between diverse groups of people. Our community exchanges enhance learning and awareness, and inspire an understanding of the world in which we live while fostering ethics, leadership and understanding. By doing so, we as a School are enriched and students learn the value of noble and generous actions.
Community outreach will occur through a combination of individually approved service projects as well as Viewpoint-sponsored projects throughout the year, including our annual Community Service Day the day before Thanksgiving. Because one of the goals of this program is to expand perspectives for our students, they are encouraged to volunteer with non-profits outside of their immediate circles.
Upper School students are required to complete and record a minimum of 45 hours of community service by the end of the first semester of their senior year.
Suggested benchmarks exist to ensure that seniors will have met their graduation requirement, though we encourage all students to aspire for many more hours beyond the requirement. Hours may accrue starting from the summer prior to freshman year.
Those who enter Viewpoint after their freshman year will have hours prorated according the thresholds listed above, but can instead receive credit according to record with previous school. These students should see the Director of Community Service.
Service in the community can occur through a combination of student-chosen, service projects (must be approved) as well as Viewpoint School-sponsored projects, including our annual Community Service Day in November. Because one of the goals of this program is to open new horizons for our students, they are encouraged to volunteer with non-profits outside of their immediate circles. Thus, 15 of the 45 required hours may be earned through School service, such as assisting with School plays, keeping score at athletic events, or setting up School events such as Great Pumpkin Day. The remaining 30 required hours must be earned outside of Viewpoint with non-profit organizations. School service past the 15 hour maximum does not count towards admission into CORE, our Community Service Honor Society. Numerous pre-approved non-profit agencies can be found via Naviance Family Connection. Instructions were e-mailed to all students and parents.
Viewpoint does not award community service credit for projects in which students act as camp counselors or “CITs” in summer/sports camps or music, dance, or riding schools. (Unless students are involved in specific service outreach through that organization, in which case, students can receive credit for those events or performances.) In addition, participation in medical internship programs for community service credit must have prior approval by the Director of Community Service, and may result in partial credit.
Some examples of previous service projects include:
CORE, Viewpoint's Community Service Honor Society
- Collecting food and clothing on campus and donating to various groups of people who are in need
- Donating items and raising money for the children of Children's Hospital Los Angeles
- Volunteering at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital
- Preparing and serving meals at Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission
- Cleaning beaches and waterways
- Sorting and distributing food at West Valley Food Pantry, SOVA, and MANNA
- Preparing meals for AIDS patients in L.A. through Project Angel Food
- Creating reading programs at local elementary schools
- Sponsoring Prom Perfect for local, public high-school girls
- Raising money to install fresh water wells in Africa with Wells Bring Hope
- Restoring the natural terrain by eliminating non-native plants
- Volunteering at local animal shelters
- Teaching physically and developmentally challenged children to work with and ride horses
- Raising awareness for various organizations including Alzheimer's Awareness, Special Olympics, Harvest Home, Janada Batchelor Foundation for Children
- Walking and running to raise funds for AIDSWalk L.A., Relay for Life, Revlon Walk for Women, ALS Walk, and many more
Community Outreach for Everyone (CORE) is the community service honor society at Viewpoint, providing leadership opportunities for students to foster volunteerism in others. Based on the belief that all people have an obligation to share their knowledge and expertise with those in need, each member of CORE initiates and executes community service activities throughout the year in which other students may participate.