Charity: for college or community?

Student-run charities are springing up left and right in our school community. However, it is easy to question the authenticity of giving back to the community amidst the presence of college applications, an overwhelmingly large aspect of our school’s identity. The community fosters an extremely competitive environment as a college preparatory school. Declining college admissions […]

Senior to produce ‘Love Notes’ charity musical event

Jensen McRae ’15 will produce “Love Notes,” an annual singing showcase that will benefit a charity in honor of her late friend, Justin Carr ’14, on Feb. 22. Carr ’14 died of cardiomyopathy in 2013 during his junior year. “[Carr] was a very respected student and a very good friend of mine, which is why […]

Outreach Performers to sing for charity

The Harvard-Westlake Outreach Performers will perform for children at the Ronald McDonald House and for the elderly at the Sunrise at Playa Vista next month. The 14 club members have been preparing every Sunday since September for these two performances. Their performance will include a wide variety of traditional Christmas and holiday songs, theatrical readings […]

Club to sell holiday cards to raise money for charity

The Velvet Daisies Club will sell student-made holiday cards on the quad two weeks before winter break to raise money for the Children’s Institute Inc., a foundation helping underprivileged children. A new club this year, Velvet Daisies, co-headed by Angela Chon ’16 and Justine Chen ’16, is a charity club aimed at creating a space […]

Bake Sale Benefits Freedom School

Students raised money for the Freedom School Wednesday by selling baked goods on the quad throughout the day. The money raised from the bake sale will be used to fund a new book club for students who are participating in the Freedom School program. “It was a delicious way to support a great cause,” Michael Swerdlow ’16 […]

Student drive collects used sports equipment

The Community Council sponsored the first Harvard-Westlake Sports Drive, collecting used sports equipment to donate to the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club. Community Council planned to incorporate community service into the Homecoming Dance, but ran into logistical issues, and decided to hold a drive on Homecoming day and the week of Oct. 7. The […]

Students raise $800 in week of service

Community Council raised over $800 during the inaugural Community Service Week, beginning with a Community Service Club Fair on Dec. 3 and ending on Dec. 7 by packing sacked lunches for homeless people of Los Angeles. Each day, Community Council provided additional opportunities for students to learn about community service opportunities and to become involved. […]

New club helps tutor students using Skype

The Bridge to a Brighter Future completed its first month of tutoring sixth graders at the Valor Academy, raising the student’s math grades by an average of 11 percent. This is Bridge to a Brighter Future club’s first year, as it was founded last spring. The club was founded by Andrew Ravan ’15, Alan Yousefzadeh […]

Middle School hosts PATH charity exchange

By Caitie Benell In honor of Valentine’s Day, students were able to exchange Valentine’s cards and lollipops for toiletries and other goods to be donated to People Assisting the Homeless. For every toiletry donated, students received one Valentine to give to anyone of their choice. The first drive on Feb. 10, 11 and 14 was […]

Junior organizes Mexican bake sale for charity

Alejandra Reynoso ’12, in conjuction with the school’s Together With the Children Chapter, held a bake sale Nov. 18 to raise funds to help renovate a children’s day center in Puebla, Mexico. The bake sale had an authentic Mexican theme and sold traditional sweets and other desserts provided by student volunteers. Together With the Children, […]