Christian Service Experience

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Christian Service Experience

The Christian Service Experience at Brother Martin High School has as its goal the involvement of students in situations and experiences which will broaden the students understanding of Christian responsibility and the call of Jesus to serve one another.

In serving others, Archbishop Gregory Aymond gives the following guidelines: service must be meaningful and help students to touch the hearts of others; students should not be “just logging in their hours” and service work must be “authentic charity” that respects human life. It must not be “social work.” It is living out one’s faith. In religion class, students are given an opportunity to reflect theologically on service in a structured way.

Verification of the service hour requirement must be on the letterhead of the agency, church, or nonprofit organization where the service was done and should include the student’s name, a brief description of the work done, the date(s) when the work was done, and the number of hours served. Students should keep a copy of their service work for their own reference. Students who do not submit verification of completed service work to their religion teacher by the due date will be expected to complete additional service hours. Students who do not submit verification of service work by the end of fourth quarter exams must make up the service hours at credit recovery, as completion of service hours is required for advancement to the next grade level and for graduation.

*Click on each grade level for more information

8th Grade
Eighth Grade Requirement
10 Hours
Due Date: March 6, 2018 (exemption due date: January 26, 2018)

Suggested activities: nonprofit agencies, elementary school and parish work. Work done for family members does not meet the criteria for community service.
No more than 5 hours of this requirement may be done on campus.

9th Grade
Freshman Requirement
10 Hours
Due Date:  March 6, 2018 (exemption due date: January 26, 2018)

Suggested activities: nonprofit agencies, elementary school and parish work. Work done for family members does not meet the criteria for community service.
No more than 5 hours of this requirement may be done on campus.

10th Grade
Sophomore Requirement
20 Hours
Due Date: March 6, 2018 (exemption due date: January 26, 2018)

Suggested activities: hours spent in direct service to others, working at a soup kitchen, hospital, nursing home, tutoring, collecting and distributing food or clothes to the poor, hours spent in service at agencies that help the community. Altar serving is not accepted as community service on the sophomore level.
No more than 10 hours of this requirement may be done on campus.

11th Grade
Junior Requirement
60 Hours
Due Date:  March 6, 2018 (exemption due date: January 26, 2018)

Students are required to spend 60 hours (volunteer/ unpaid) in community service, beginning in the fourth quarter of their sophomore year. Students must complete their service work at an approved agency or with the written approval of the Campus Minister and Service Coordinator Mr. Tom Baier. We require that the students spend at least 40 hours at one agency. No more than 20 hours may be counted from on campus projects, clubs, or summer camps.

Approved Placement List Service Reflection Rubric Click for 2017-2018 Junior Service Contract  

12th Grade
Senior Requirement
20 Hours
Can be completed during the summer between junior and senior years.
Due Date:  March 6, 2018 (exemption due date: January 26, 2018)

Suggested activities: Hours spent in direct service to others, working at a soup kitchen, hospital, nursing home, tutoring, collecting and distributing food or clothes to the poor, hours spent in service at agencies that help the community. No more than 10 hours of this requirement may be done on campus.

For further questions, please email: Director of Campus Ministry Mr. Tom Baier at tbaier@brothermartin.com or via phone at (504) 283-1561, ext. 3036.


Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Children’s Museum Summer Volunteer Opportunities:

Click here for Student Volunteer Application for Children’s Museum. 

  • Volunteers Needed ANY DAY in July (except July 4th): We could use volunteers daily in July to assist with any number of floor activities, as this is by far the busiest, loudest, the most crowded month of every year. We could use 1-3 each day for shifts ranging from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 12 noon to 3 p.m. to help with facepainting (a pop up back up for crowded summer days), storytimes, and crafts as well as general cleanup of exhibits.
  • Asian Influences on New Orleans – July 16th – 28th
    New Orleans has a considerable Asian population, including approximately 14,000 Vietnamese residents! Asian culture has influenced New Orleans with its cuisine and in many other ways that will be highlighted this month. Visitors will experience a dragon dance, learn about local Vietnamese farming techniques and foods, write words in several Asian languages, make a carp kite, and appreciate the Asian history behind the popular practices that will be led by our health & wellness educators on meditation, mindfulness, and yoga for families!
  • Louis Armstrong’s Birthday – August 4th
    2-6 volunteers all day to help with craft activities and read books about Louis Armstrong.
    Shifts 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 12 noon to 4 p.m.
    Celebrate New Orleans’ most beloved native son, trumpet player Louis Armstrong! Kids can make their own musical instrument, hear “Satchmo’s” music, listen to story times about Mr. Armstrong’s interesting life from New Orleans to Chicago to Africa, and contribute to a Wonderful World collaborative art project.

Catholic Charities of New Orleans – MINI-SERVE:

 

Second Harvest Mini Camp – July 16-20
Work in the warehouse reviewing food donations and sorting/ packaging food to distribute to the needy! The camp will be 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (15 hours), 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (12 hours) and 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (32 hours). Located at 700 Edwards Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70123.

Sign-up here:
http://www.ccano.org/serve-app/

Passenger Screening Canine (PSC) Volunteer Teams (Click title for more details)

The letter is requesting volunteers to assist the Passenger Screening Canine (PSC) teams with the Transportation Security Administration. These activities are a critical component in maintaining, improving and assessing the effectiveness of our PSC teams. Click here for more details.

Contact:
Samantha Allemand, samantha.allemand@tsa.dhs.gov


St. Michael Special School Summer Camp

Volunteer opportunities are available for students and please click here for the informational flyer.

Contact:
Miss Pam
Phone: 504-239-1901

Lake Bullard Neighborhood Improvement District

Volunteer opportunities are available for students and please click here for the informational flyer.

Contact:
LakeBullard@aol.com
Phone: 504- 259-3927


Team Cat 
(Click title for information)
ARNO

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