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Christian Service Program


Let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:18

 

2017 (Spring) Christian Service Form - click HERE

Our Catholic faith calls us to love through action, to seek truth, to be servant leaders. The Christian Service Program at Badin High School invites students to participate in meaningful service experiences, where they learn about the issues of our community while sharing their time and gifts with those in need. Students are required to perform 15 hours of service to the community through a non-profit organization, school, or parish. Our hope is that students learn and grow through their experiences of service, bettering both themselves and our community.

“Meet. Serve. Grow.” is a program that allows students to go to local non-profits, meet the directors and hear about the issues faced, serve at the agency, and reflect on how that service calls them to grow. These experiences are offered throughout the year at various local non-profits, and are important and meaningful ways to gain service hours.

The Service Leadership Board also works to create opportunities of service for our students that are relevant, inspiring, and beneficial to the disadvantaged. The Board is comprised of students in their junior year who have a passion for social justice and service, and who want to work to spread awareness throughout the Badin community of the value of service and the importance of generosity and justice.

Magnified Giving is a philanthropy program open to all students. Members of this club research social justice issues and the agencies that serve them, serve at those agencies, and reward a grant to the local non-profit they deem most worthy. The Magnified Giving Club gives a powerful experience of generosity and philanthropy to our students and benefits our community in a concrete way. Go to www.magnifiedgiving.org for more information.

Summer Service Experiences will be offered to our students so that they might be given an opportunity to serve in a new way, immersing themselves in a new place & time, without the everyday distractions of the school year.

"Summer in Solidarity" will host one domestic trip and one international trip this summer, where students will be invited to be with and to pay deeper attention to the people in the world living a life much different than their own. Trips will be based on four cornerstones: community, spirituality, simplicity, and service, and will be incredible experiences of learning to live in solidarity.

From June 12th through the 16th, students will be traveling to Solsberry Hill, where they will be serving and building relationship with the people of rural Indiana, while also taking the time to reflect on how such an experience calls them to grow and to be.

From July 18th to the 23rd, students will be traveling to Guatemala, in connection with Cooperative for Education, a Cincinnati-based non-profit that works to break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala through education. Students will have the opportunity to experience the culture of the indigenous Mayan people, and to learn about the social justice issues that affect the country and its people.

For more information about the 2017 Summer In Solidarity program, click HERE.

A monthly newsletter is posted and e-mailed to students with a listing of local service opportunities. Students are also encouraged to seek out their own service experiences, based on their own interests and passions. The following are examples of ways to serve at local agencies that are making a difference in our community:

The 2nd Friday of every month is Badin’s night to serve food to the hungry and build community at the Community Meal Center at the Presbyterian Church in Hamilton from 4:00 to 7:00.

Volunteer to sort clothing and toiletries for the underprivileged children in the Hamilton City School district at The Caring Closet.

Be a mentor at The Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton or the Booker T. Washington Community Center, and serve through helping with homework, playing games, and doing crafts, with the kids in their afterschool programs.

Explore ways to serve through Community First Solutions, where you might spend valuable time connecting with residents at Berkeley Square or Westover, or participating in programs at Partners in Prime.

Be a trail ambassador or volunteer at events for the MetroParks of Butler County.

Spend your time caring for animals at the Animal Friends Humane Society, PAWS Adoption Center, or at the Animal Adoption Foundation.

Volunteer with the Give Back Crew to serve and build relationships with those with disabilities through the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Serve the seniors of our community by helping them remain self-sufficient and building relationships through RASKALS, Random Acts of Simple Kindness Affecting Local Seniors.

Be a “buddy” for a baseball player with disabilities through the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League.

Support challenged families in our community by volunteering with Pause and the Butler County Educational Service Center.

Look into other service opportunities that might be right for you by contacting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County, the Open Door Food Pantry, the Shared Harvest Food Bank, your local city school district, your parish, Fort Hamilton Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s, the Great Miami Valley YMCA, the YWCA Hamilton, Serve City, People Working Cooperatively, Mercy Health St. Raphael, ReThreads, St. Vincent De Paul Society, or Matthew 25: Ministries.

All students are required to perform 15 hours of service over the course of the school year as a part of the Religion Curriculum. Required service hours MUST be done through a non-profit organization, church, or school. If you are unsure if a volunteer opportunity qualifies, please check with Mrs. Halverson, the Christian Service Coordinator, at mhalverson@BadinHS.org.

A service form must be filled out for all service hours, including a description of the service performed and a signature by the evaluator. These forms must be turned into Mrs. Halverson. For the 2016/2017 school year, all hours performed between May 15, 2016 and January 12, 2017 MUST be turned in by FRIDAY JANUARY 13, 2017. All hours performed between January 13, 2017 and May 2017 must be submitted by MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017 (for all seniors), and by MONDAY, MAY 8, 2017 (for all underclassmen). Hours turned in after the final due date will not be added into the student’s total for the end of the year service awards. Any student who has not submitted forms verifying the minimum of 15 hours by the final due date will receive a letter and may fail the 4th quarter Religion class.

Download the Christian Service form HERE

As our students engage in service, we hope they will grow in their faith, learn about the issues of the world around them, and contribute to the betterment of our community.

“Serving is the way that mission is carried out, the only way to be a disciple of Jesus.”
-Pope Francis

Questions and concerns regarding the Service Program at Badin can be directed to Mrs. Megan Halverson, the Christian Service Coordinator, at mhalverson@BadinHS.org.