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COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM

The program is designed to sensitize students to the needs of others in their communities—especially children, the elderly, the disadvantaged, the poor, and the handicapped. Through their volunteer efforts, students will have to opportunity to spiritually mature as they learn that serving others is at the heart of the Gospel. By serving others, we emulate Christ, whose own ministry was one of service to others. Performing community service is also central to our school’s mission, and it contributes to your formation as the Faithful Man.

Service hours are a requirement for graduation. There are some changes to the program for the 2018-2019 school year, as indicated below. This is a summary list. For a complete list of the program’s requirements, see item #2 below.
 
1. We are no longer using an online tracking program. All service hour documentation will be done with hard copy paperwork. A link for the form is in the right column of this page. You can also check your Theology teacher’s webpage or see him for hard copies of the form. Mr. Peters, the Theology IV teacher who oversees the Community Service program, has a link for the form on his school webpage under Community Service.
 
2. Be absolutely sure to download the “Program Policies 2018-2019” document and review its contents. It contains all the information you need to know about our Community Service Program. A link for this document is in the right column of this page and on Mr. Peters’ Community Service webpage.
 
3. All students must turn in a signed Program Policies Agreement Form, which is the last page in the “Program Policies 2018-2019” document. Failure to do so will result in an Incomplete on your report card until the form is submitted.
 
4. All grade levels are required to perform 20 hours of service for the school year. A minimum of 5 hours is due each marking period. You may always do more than the minimum for any marking period. If you do, excess hours will be carried over to the next marking period(s).
 
5. Community service will count as 10% of your Theology grade each marking period.
 
6. Students may begin service hours over the summer and have them apply towards the coming school year. Some opportunities are available in the links below. Be advised that documentation for all summer hours must be turned in no later than Friday, September 28, 2018. You will not receive credit for summer hours after this time.
 
7. Award levels exist for those students who do more than their required number of hours and who reach certain levels of service. Students can see Mr. Peters or their Theology teacher or Mr. LoGiudice, the Campus Minister, for information on each award level. We have added a top award level, namely the Pope Francis Award, which will be given to one student in each grade who performs the highest number of service hours.
Service Immersion Experiences
Click the links next to the dates to put your name on the official list for each trip.
 
Dates TBD
We will be hosted by the Marist Brothers at the Marist University at Merida in the Yucatan state of Mexico. There, we will assist local communities in building projects at the Development Center. There will also be opportunities for cultural immersion throughout the entire trip as well as an excursion to Chichen Itza.
Buffalo, NY July 21-26, 2019
Young Neighbors provides a solid, Catholic approach to service and justice that balances Scripture and Catholic social teaching, direct service, and a justice consciousness. It provides the experiences, skills, and learning needed to make change possible.
Appalachia, Dates TBD
Nazareth Farm is a Catholic community in rural West Virginia that transforms lives through a service-retreat experience. We are devoted to living out the Gospel message through the cornerstones of community, simplicity, prayer, and service. We serve alongside our neighbors to address substandard housing by providing home repair. We celebrate the richness of Appalachia and experience God by building relationships between our volunteers and the local community.

Attention all students: Documentation forms for the first quarter community service hours are due by Thursday, October 25th