Our BBS Service Learning ministry involves both middle and upper school students and attempts to accomplish three specific purposes: 1) To help our students learn to model Jesus who "came not to be served, but to serve" (Mark 10:45). 2) To "love our neighbor" (Matthew 22:36-40) by helping those in our community who need assistance. 3) To bring greater glory to God and shine as a "light" in the world (Matthew 5:16). Most weeks, middle and upper school students have the opportunity to sign up for one to three different service opportunities in the community. This year BBS is partnering with almost 20 organizations as well as individuals who need assistance. Some of those organizations include Chattanooga Parks & Recreation, Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Chattanooga Room in the Inn, Chattanooga Audubon Society, Orange Grove Center, East Brainerd Church of Christ ("Snack Pack" & "Father's Table" Ministries), Chattanooga Room in the Inn, Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House, Signal Centers, Cry for the Broken, Chattanooga YMCA, Martin-Boyd Christian Home & Chambliss Center for Children.
Community Service REquirements
- Upper School students must complete 16 service hours for the school year to fulfill requirements necessary to move to the next grade (or receive your diploma if you are a senior).
- Upper School students will be allowed to participate in up to two service trips per semester during the school day. One service trip will be as a part of your Bible class and the entire class will serve together. For the other service trip students will sign up like last year but you can only sign up for a time during your Bible class or Study Hall.
- Upper School students will be required to properly document all service hours using FACTS/Renweb.
- A maximum of 4 hours may be counted for any mission trips or other service completed during the past semester. Students who participated in a BBS sponsored mission trip during the summer or school year may count up to a maximum of 8 hours.
- No service hours may be counted for work done for immediate family members (parents, brothers/sisters) except under special circumstances.
- A maximum of 8 service hours for the school year may be done for extended family members (grandparents, aunts/uncles, etc.).
- A maximum of 8 service hours for the school year may be counted for money and/or items brought in for special projects throughout the school year.
- Anyone found to be untruthful in the reporting of service hours will receive appropriate disciplanary action falling under the guidelines for cheating in the academic handbook.
- Any questions about service hours may be emailed to me at my school email address (email@example.com) and I will do my best to respond within 24 hours.