Baylor's Community Service Program
"This is the most remarkable service-learning program I have seen," says Grant Lichtman, education blogger. Read his profile of Baylor and the community service program here.
After School Tutoring
After a full day of classes, more than 100 Baylor student volunteers travel to nine different sites in Chattanooga gently encouraging over 300 children through homework assignments, reading programs, computer classes, music lessons, foreign language classes, drama classes, and art programs. The members contribute over 40,000 hours of service annually.
Students who participate in the grant-writing course identify various needs at service locations, then research, write, and present their grant proposals before a panel of administrators. If the grants are approved, the student’s vision is brought to life in the local community.
The 2013-2014 community service grant recipients are Hayden Longley, Rachel Ford, Ashley Augustine, Max Barringer, James Atkins, David Rafique, Jordon Tipton, Elizabeth Webb, Soha Noorani, Baylee Edwards, Adrienne Webb, and Haydon Tucker. The grants these students have written will benefit area children by providing additional books, school supplies, and replacement furniture at daily tutoring sites, as well as parent parties, field trips, and other enrichment activities.
The Community Service Leadership Council is comprised of two head student leaders, nine site leaders, a grant-writing leader, a reading program leader, holiday party leaders, special event leaders, and members at-large. Student leaders ensure the service programs are running smoothly and rules are being upheld, and are selected each year by a group of graduating seniors.
Community Service Trips
Service trips take place each year. "It can be tough. The students leave their comfort zones on a regular basis," acknowledges Joli Anderson, Director of Community Service. Students travel annually to Asheville, NC, Jamaica, and New York City.
Each December, the community service program hosts a holiday party to honor and reward those children at the various site locations who have demonstrated a strong dedication to their homework and extra educational/enrichment activities. This party is a celebration of the child’s diligence in the after-school program -- the invitation list is exclusively dedicated to those children who have earned the privilege to attend. Each advisory group in the upper school raises money to provide gifts and rewards to children who earn attendance to the party.