We encourage students to be participants in life, not just spectators. In this way community service is a central part of the OVS experience as we strive to teach students at all grade levels that we all need to give, in large and small ways, to better our community, the environment, and the world.
This mission begins in the early grade levels with pre-kindergarten students who raise funds to support the Humane Society of Ojai. Kindergartners work to put books in the hands of children in South African villages. Second-graders bake and sell loaves of bread to buy toys for children with cancer at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
In the middle and high school grades, students participate in weekend Coastal Cleanup efforts and other environmental-themed projects that dovetail with their Outdoor Education activities. Each Tuesday afternoon, 18 high school students leave campus during an elective block for the Bryant Street animal shelter run by the Humane Society of Ojai to interact and care for abandoned dogs and cats.
In recent years, students, parents and teachers have also participated in the Relay for Life to raise money and awareness of the fight against cancer. They will again participate in this event in May 2016.