Campus Ministry 2019-2020
Living the Gospel Message (LTGM)
Sophomore Year Service Guidelines
Bishop Ready High School is committed to spiritual formation, academic distinction, and social responsibility in a Catholic tradition, wherein all persons are called to witness and reflect the gospel message of Jesus Christ.
The requirement for service learning across all grade levels supports our mission statement and is intended to engage students in activities that bring aid, comfort and care in a community setting.
The following guidelines reflect the spirit and intent of promoting the gospel message outside of Bishop Ready High School and its related extra-curricular or athletic programs.
Students must accumulate a minimum of twenty-five (25) hours of service learning; they are to be earned from the first day of summer vacation following their freshman year and must be completed by May 1 of the current school year.
Parish settings or places of worship, their own or another, are limited to twenty (20) total hours. This limitation applies to all associated sports programs and leagues. The remaining five (5) hours must be outside of the parish or place of worship setting. The exception to this guideline is volunteering with students in an education setting such as those listed below. All twenty-five (25) hours may be earned in this specific setting. If there is any doubt as to the validity of the place or service to be provided, students should contact a Theology teacher or Dr. SK (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to beginning their service.
The record of service learning hours must be completed on the BRHS Supervisor’s Evaluation Form. Students shall insure that a representative of the organization where the hours are earned completes all of the information specified on the form including the total number of service learning hours earned. The form is available here. A parent, family member or another volunteer may not sign a student’s Supervisor’s Evaluation Form as verification of hours earned. In such instances where a parent or family member works for or is associated with the organization, another qualified member of the organization must sign the form. Students shall take responsibility for the completion of the form by the signing supervisor. It is suggested that students be prepared with a copy of the Supervisor’s Evaluation Form. Only original copies of the Supervisor’s Evaluation Form are acceptable.
SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR COMPLETION OF LIVING THE GOSPEL MESSAGE SERVICE LEARNING HOURS
- A maximum of 20 hours will be accepted for any of the following liturgical ministries: altar server, choir, cantoring, instrumental, hospitality, lectoring, or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion with a maximum of 20 hours for liturgical ministry per year;
- A maximum of 5 hours volunteering in the parish, elementary school or agency to coach, assist, keep score, or sell refreshments at athletic events and/or the cleaning of athletic venues is allowed;
- Parish Church and/or Parish School or Church exception: Students may earn all of their required service learning hours in the following activities only: Vacation Bible School; Art Camp at Trinity Elementary; Parish Schools of Religion/Catequesis (PSR); Parish Religious Education Program (PREP); Catechesis of the Good Shepherd; Sunday Preschool or Elementary Aids or Teachers (not babysitting); Before/After School Enrichment (B.A.S.E.), St. Mary Magdalene or Our Lady of Perpetual Help; Kid Zone After School Program, St. Brendan School; After School Care, St. Mary School (German Village); Kids Care, St. Cecilia School; Trinity Childcare Program (TCCP); and Girls in Faith Together (G.I.F.T.), St. Mary Magdalene School.
- Gospel Road, sponsored by the Diocese of Columbus, and other church sponsored work camps and mission trips are encouraged. Only the hours spent in providing service to the disadvantaged or assisting in the operation of the trip itself are allowed. Travel, meal time, entertainment and slumber are omitted.
- Hospitals and nursing homes are acceptable. Students should be cognizant of training, orientations and health screenings required for their participation.
- Food pantries, soup kitchens and used clothing distribution based in local communities or churches are encouraged.
- 4-H Service, Fair Boards and Boy or Girl Scout Camp Counselors are acceptable provided that the service given is not also a requirement of their membership in the organization such as achieving rank, earning badges or membership awards. Training in order to accomplish service for these organizations is not counted.
- Working at home (cooking, baking, sewing, etc.) is not acceptable service even if the product is delivered to an organization. Such activities are acceptable only if they are provided on-site at the benefitting organization.
- Providing unpaid work at a for-profit business is unacceptable, no matter the clients being served or the type of service given.
- No private arrangements between student and client(s) are acceptable, no matter the client being served or the type of service given.
- Due to potential legal issues, Bingo at any organization is unacceptable under any circumstance.
- Students are encouraged to complete their service during summer break when freedom, relaxation and versatility allow for the enjoyment of giving service and exceeding the required number of hours. However, students should not mail or drop off Supervisor Evaluation Forms to Bishop Ready High School during summer break. After the school year commences, Supervisor Evaluation Forms should be submitted to the student’s Theology teacher.
EVALUATION: A third quarter Theology grade of twenty (20) points will be awarded for total completion and verification of twenty-five (25) service learning hours and completion of a written assignment or other activity for reflection designed by the Theology teacher. This grade is an all or nothing grade.
ELIGIBILITY: Sophomores who are not up-to-date in their service learning requirement by the end of the fourth quarter of the current year will be regarded as ineligible for all extra-curricular activities which includes participation in summer conditioning and practice for Fall sports. If a student is ineligible at the end of the academic year, said student will remain ineligible until the start of the next school year when service hours earned are verified by the student’s Theology teacher. No other school personnel or representative may supersede this policy.
LIVING THE GOSPEL MESSAGE ANNUAL AWARD: Students who exceed the required number of hours in service learning may be recognized for their volunteerism at the Underclassmen Awards Assembly.
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The above guidelines and listing are provided to assist students in making good choices for service learning opportunities. Not every opportunity or scenario can be anticipated; acceptance of service hours earned is the final decision of the Bishop Ready High School Campus Ministry Team. Questions regarding acceptable service should be addressed to the student’s Theology teacher. If such a question should arise during the summer, students may email any BRHS Theology teacher or Barbara SchwabKlaco (Dr. SK) at email@example.com. Students shall make no assumptions otherwise. Emailed responses of approval, if given, should be retained by the student.
BISHOP READY STUDENTS HAVE EARNED SERVICE LEARNING HOURS IN THESE LOCATIONS
American Red Cross
Bishop Griffin Food Center and Pantry
Buddy Ball Leagues and Events
City Year Columbus
Columbus Literacy Council
Columbus Metro Parks
Columbus Metropolitan Library; Grandview Public Library, Hilltop Library
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
Community Kitchen Columbus
Deaf Services Center (Worthington)
Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio
Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati-Columbus
Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Furniture Bank of Central Ohio
Gladden Community House
Goodwill Columbus (Hilliard)
Holy Family Soup Kitchen
Humane Societies (non-profit)
J.O.I.N. (Joint Organization for Inner City Needs)
Life Care Alliance/Meals on Wheels
Mid-Ohio Food Bank – Kroger Community Pantry (Hilliard)
Ronald McDonald House
Run the Race Center
Shepherd’s Corner at Dominican Acres
South Side Roots Café & Market
St. Stephen’s Community House
St. Vincent de Paul Society
The Jubilee Museum
West Side Free Store