Unlike other schools, for Bullis students, there is no amount of community service hours that a student has to reach in order to graduate. Throughout a Bullis student’s career, they are always told that community service is optional and that they should only participate if they would like to.
However, as a senior, all students are required to participate in a Habitat for Humanity community service trip. So as students approach the end of their senior year and prepare for these trips the question becomes, is it true that there is no community service requirement in order to graduate?
Seniors leave for their trips the third weekend in May right after finishing up exams and right before the graduation activities start to kick off. These trips range from all different locations, like South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania or New Jersey and seniors will be taking part in different community service activities wherever they go. Many students are excited for the fellowship and time together on a trip with their friends.
However, this trip also brings about other emotions for students. Kyle McKenzie ‘15 said, “I just feel like we should have more options than just this trip for doing community service. I would rather have all of the community service I’ve done over my high school career count as my requirement. But with that being said, I’m still excited to go on the trip.”
Habitat for Humanity already has plans for what the students will be doing, like building houses for families in need. Seniors also get a day off where they spend a day in the local city or at the beach. Bullis alum Leah Cohn ‘14 said, “At first, I honestly didn’t want to go on the trip. But when I got there with all of my friends, it was actually fun. At the end of the trip when we saw the difference that we made… it was definitely worth it.
This is absolutely the case for most of the seniors. Of course they would rather be at home watching Netflix, but when they see the difference that they will have made in someone’s life, they will have been grateful for the experience.”