By Amanda Greenberg
Community service is not mandatory at Bullis; no members of the Upper School are required to have a certain number of hours, but still tons of students come together each year and contribute their time and efforts to the community. This year, the community service club is bigger then ever, exceeding 30 students, all of whom are excited to participate in the year’s coming events.
The club is in the process of planning a number of events that will help a wide range of people and contribute to many organizations. So far, the club has only received the opportunity to meet twice this school year, but despite their difficult circumstances, they have managed to hold multiple functions already. On particular Mondays after school, members of the community service club and some non-members travel to Martha’s Table in Washington, D.C. to feed the homeless.
The community service club is growing and improving each year. With Dr. Sara Romeyn as the director and an influx of new members this year, the club is as promising as ever.
“I’m proud of how the program has grown over the last few years” said Romeyn. “Community service is one of Bullis’ core values; I would like to see every student involved in the program.”
Amongst the entire student body, students from every end of the spectrum are participating in the program. The varsity football and basketball teams participated in team-wide community service activities in recent weeks.
“I’m really trying to reach out to the coaches and see if I can get some of them to volunteer with their teams so that kids that play sports still have a chance to do community service,” said Romeyn.
Bullis has recently improved the community service component by using the website presidentialserviceawards.gov, which allows students to keep track of their hours of service.
At the end of the school year, students with a notable amount of hours are recognized and awarded for their commitment to helping others. Last year, the students that were recognized had all completed a minimum of 50 hours of service. Another new aspect of community service at Bullis is emerging this winter. Students can sign up to do a wide range of community service each day after school and receive an activity credit for their commitment. The credit is intended for students who do not want to play or manage a sport and are passionate about helping the community; they will partake in a number of great activities.
After school community service credit schedule:
Monday – Martha’s Table
Tuesday – Food bank or serve meals (Organization undecided)
Wednesday – Manor Care
Thursday – Diener School
Friday – Activities with the Lower school
Anyone can do their part to help the community; a little goes a long way. Look out for upcoming events you may want to participate in:
October 30th through November 16th: Thanksgiving baskets
November 17th: Pie Bake
December: Hat and mittens drive for DC Central Kitchen
January: Martin Luther King Day of Service (Possibly at Wider Circle)
February 25th: Red Cross Blood Drive
April 1-15th: Cereal Drive
Images courtesy of Bullis website