HWPA volunteers at Bethune School


Andrew Berg ’17, Justin Ciccone ’17 and Michael Stokdyk ’17 paint a mural at Bethune School. Credit: Joe Levin/Chronicle

Emory Kim

Students and faculty travelled to Bethune Middle School and Math Science Magnet to carry out community service on Nov. 22.

The Harvard-Westlake Parents’ Association, as well as students and faculty members, convened in Inglewood to clean and paint Bethune Middle School.

Volunteers teamed up with Bethune students to sort supplies and garden.

Last year, a Harvard-Westlake family volunteered at Bethune Middle School and later coordinated with the HWPA to make it a school-sponsored event.

“The lasting impression for this family was that no student should be having P.E. on a field littered with trash and broken glass, and an intensive all-hands-on deck effort could make a meaningful improvement at the school,” event coordinator Margi Graham said.

The HWPA has two major goals for the weekend, one of which is to give students the opportunity to practice the “purpose beyond ourselves” aspect of the mission statement, Graham said.

Another goal for the event is to encourage families to bond and socialize through community service.

Along with general cleanup of the school, the middle school visual arts department has commissioned a mural to be painted on school grounds.