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 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 R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Leadership Board
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.
take place each year to Asheville, N.C., New York City, and to Jamaica. "It can be tough. The students leave their comfort zones on a regular basis," acknowledges Joli Anderson, Director of Community Service. Click here for more information
on the annual trips.
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.
Each year students involved in community service at all grade levels help raise money for the Jamaica Education Fund, which goes toward providing an education for children in Jamaica. Last year students raised a total of $64,000.
Baylor Middle School students also have the opportunity to serve in the Chattanooga community. Led by Middle School teachers Leroy Guy and Ashley Shuford, the students volunteer to spend their afternoons at the Chattanooga Food Bank, Hospice of Chattanooga, McKamey Animal Center, and other worthy organizations.