Campus Ministry 2016-2017
Living the Gospel Message (LTGM)
Senior Year Service Guidelines
Service for any organization or activity at Bishop Ready High School is not acceptable for LTGM minimum requirements; service must be done in the greater community beyond Bishop Ready.
Guidelines for the completion of the senior requirement are as follows:
A minimum of 25 hours of service;
The student is to have direct contact with the disadvantaged or marginalized, unless he or she is volunteering at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank;
Completion of service hours should be completed on-site at a social service agency, area hospital, nursing home or United Way organization* that is in agreement with Catholic moral teaching;
It is highly recommended that the student explore a service opportunity that is new to him or her;
Service should not begin until a service agreement** is signed by the student and the designated volunteer coordinator for the agency at which the service will be completed. This agreement should be submitted to the Senior Theology teacher;
Training hours required by an agency are not acceptable as service hours;
Bingo is not acceptable under any circumstances because of legal issues;
Collection of donations and fundraising events are not acceptable;
Working at home (baking, sewing etc.) is not acceptable service;
Volunteering at a for-profit business is never acceptable, not matter the clients being served;
A parent or family member may not be the supervisor;
A parent or family member of the beneficiary of service may not be the supervisor or sign the supervisor’s form;
Service is not complete until an acceptable supervisor's evaluation*** is given to the student’s Theology teacher;
The LTGM requirement is not complete until the appropriate reflection is complete.
No exceptions are allowed. These guidelines are firm.
Particularly recommended is service with soup kitchens, local food pantries, homeless shelters and service-work camps. Catholic/Lutheran/Jewish Social Services, J.O.I.N., LifeCare Alliance, Mid-Ohio Food Bank, Mother M. Angeline Home, The Red Cross, Special Olympics, Meals-on-Wheels, and West/South Side Free Store are acceptable sites for the student to complete their service.
Any questions concerning community service, including the appropriateness of an agency, should be addressed before beginning service. If you are unsure about the agency where you would like to volunteer, please check with a member of Campus Ministry or e-mail [email protected].
Students may begin their senior service after the completion of the junior year and MUST have them completed and supervisor forms turned in by the LAST DAY of third quarter. It is recommended that the student complete their service in measurable increments and complete them at least one week prior to the end of the third quarter so that LTGM required reflection may take place. A third quarter Theology 20-point grade is assigned for on-time completion, verification of this requirement, and a completed reflection. This grade is an all or nothing grade.
A senior who does not complete all LTGM requirements by the end of third quarter will be ineligible for BRHS’s spring extra-curricular activities. These include sport and theater activities. A senior who does not complete all LTGM requirements will not graduate.
Students who exceed the service requirement may be eligible for annual awards and scholarships. Many colleges look favorably on an applicant with a variety of community service experiences. Awards are given annually to students who perform service above and beyond that which is required.
After the school year begins, evaluation forms may be hand-delivered to the appropriate Theology teacher. Bishop Ready High School is not responsible for evaluation forms delivered to the school during summer break. Please wait until the first day of regular classes to bring in evaluation forms.
All scenarios for completion of this requirement cannot be addressed in this document. Decisions of the Campus Ministry Team are final.
Seniors who were not up-to-date in their service requirement by the end of the fourth quarter of junior year are automatically become ineligible for all extra-curricular activities their senior year. Supervisor forms will not be accepted by anyone at Bishop Ready through the summer and the student will, therefore, remain ineligible until at least the first day of school. Affected students will need to return the appropriate forms on the first day of school the following year to their current theology teacher. NOTE: There are no exceptions to this policy.
* United Way organizations are defined as those not-for-profit agencies/organizations that receive monies from the annual United Way campaign.
** A service agreement is a note of intent by the student and acceptance by the agency.
***Supervisor evaluations may be downloaded from the BRHS home page under Campus Ministry.
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