Broadoaks hosts “Family Night at the Academies” at Whittier College

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Whittier College
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August 9, 2004 Contact: Judy Browning at (562) 907-4216 or Judith Wagner at (562) 907-4250
Reference: 2004-05 #4


Whittier College’s Broadoaks School Receives Hearts at Work Award


          The Broadoaks Children’s School of Whittier College will host about 30 volunteers from Kaiser Permanente of Bellflower as part of that organization’s Hearts at Work Community Service Project on Saturday, Aug. 14. Volunteers will include Kaiser Permanente doctors, nurses, and staff members, as well as their families.
Broadoaks’ administrators were notified about the award last spring. This is the eighth year that Kaiser Permanente employees have selected several special-service projects for Hearts at Work Day. More than 400 Kaiser Permanent employees will spread out on Aug. 14 to perform such varied jobs as working with senior citizens, making ceramics with underprivileged children and helping to paint and restore a historical home that is now a museum in Bellflower, according to Jaime Garcia, director of public relations at Kaiser Permanente of Bellflower Broaodaks’ staff members have collaborated with Kaiser Permanente representatives to develop plans for their project, the Kaiser Permanente Children’s Garden, which will be located at the northeastern entrance to the Children’s School and the Whittier campus. The garden will include grassy areas, a planting area for flowers and vegetables, a stairway to the school office, the American flag circle with mosaics created by children, and a brick reading patio.

          Broadoaks will dedicate the area to Kaiser Permanente of Bellflower and present a plaque that will be displayed at the hospital.

          Broadoaks is nationally and internationally recognized for its work with children, families, and college students preparing for careers in teaching, social work, psychology, physical education and recreation, medicine, law and related fields. The school serves children from preschool through sixth grade during the regular school year and preschool through ninth grade in the summer.
          Broadoaks’ curriculum emphasizes community service, said Judith Wagner, professor of education and child development and director of Broadoaks. “Through its Hearts at Work project, Kaiser Permanente employees will show the children that service to others is a lifetime endeavor.”

          For further information, call Wagner at (562) 907-4250.
Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on separate campus in Costa Mesa.

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