Service Learning: Lark Ellen Gives Back to the Community
Posted on 06/25/2013

“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing
you made the effort to become the best you are capable of becoming”
John Wooden

This year at Lark Ellen, the staff adopted John Wooden’s “Pyramid of Success” as their schoolwide leadership message to students and staff alike. Teaching students the importance of giving back to the community was a focal principle this year.  The Student Leadership group at Lark Ellen adopted two organizations to support.  The Covina Police Department Memorial Fund and the YMCA WINGS Shelter in West Covina were chosen to expose students to the art of selfless giving and laid the foundation to help them be the best that they can be. 

Throughout January, February and March, the Student Leadership group raised funds to donate to the Covina Police Memorial. For several weeks, these students gave up their recesses to sell items in order to raise over $600.00.  On March15th, the students invited Chief Raney to attend Lark Ellen’s Awards Assembly where they presented him with their generous check.  He was moved by their generosity.  The students were not only pleased to be able to contribute to the Covina Police Department but also to unite to support their community.  The Covina Police Officer Memorial was dedicated on May 13.

Beginning in mid-March and through April, once again the Student Leadership group selflessly gave up their recesses to make beautiful fleece blankets for children upon their arrival at WINGS (Women in Need Growing Strong) Domestic Violence Shelter in West Covina.  The Lark Ellen students constructed and donated the blankets because they wanted the children entering WINGS to have something to cuddle with when they arrived at the shelter.  While the students did not get to meet any of these children, the workers at the WINGS shelter were very touched by this kind and compassionate donation.

Through their acts of kindness the Lark Ellen students have learned the “Pyramid of Success” leadership components of team spirit, cooperation, industriousness, initiative, enthusiasm and friendship.  They have discovered that “Little things make big things happen”.