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Christian Service Program

Let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:18


2017-2018 Christian Service Form - click HERE

Our Catholic faith calls us to love through action, to seek truth, to be servant leaders.
The Christian Service Program at Badin High School invites our students to do just that.

Badin High School is proud to launch our new Christian Service Program beginning with the Class of 2021!

The Christian Service Program at Badin High School aims to be an intentional four-year program that will invite students to actively live out the teachings of Christ, to engage in conversations of the Gospel’s call for justice, to become other-centered in a culture that focuses primarily on self. Students will be encouraged to grow in their awareness of social justice issues and to participate in meaningful service experiences, bettering both themselves and our community in the process. Our hope is that students will deepen their faith through experiences of service, and will gain an understanding of the call to practice generosity, to pursue justice, and to serve in solidarity.

Each academic year will have a theme and an action plan, and participation will fulfill the service graduation requirement. Service hours will be encouraged, though will not be required (with the exception of the Junior Year Action Plan), and will be recorded through an online service tracking tool that will allow students to be acknowledged for their service to their school, to their parish, and to the nonprofit world. Participation in existing programs, such as Shantytown, the Magnified Giving Club, Meet.Serve.Grow., and Summer in Solidarity will also be encouraged.

The format of Badin’s new Service Program will be as follows:
The Freshman Year Theme is AWARENESS, and the Action Plan is participation in interactive educational experiences at Badin during Awareness Week during the first quarter, and Awareness Days during the second, third, and fourth quarters. These experiences will invite students to think and talk about the social justice issues faced in our community and in our world.

The Sophomore Year Theme will be CALL TO ACTION, and the Action Plan will introduce students to the local non profits that are serving the social justice issues faced, inviting them to hear the call to action that awareness invokes, and to discover how to use their own gifts through action.

The Junior Year Theme will be RELATIONSHIP, and the Action Plan will invite students to commit to serve at a non profit agency for ten hours each semester, building the kind of relationship that responds to the Gospel’s call for justice, that builds community, that creates change.

Finally, the Senior Year Theme will be SERVANT LEADERSHIP, and the Action Plan will ask students to lead through service with a final capstone project for their selected agency.

Each year will build upon the last, giving our students another opportunity to “THINK. ACHIEVE. SERVE. LEAD.”

As our students engage in service and earn their service graduation requirement through participation in the program, we hope they will grow in their faith, learn about the issues of the world around them, and contribute to the betterment of our community.

The requirements for current students who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors, in 2017/2018, WILL NOT CHANGE! Upperclass students will still be required to complete 15 hours of service to a school, church, or nonprofit agency. The only change for current students will be in how service hours are recorded. Beginning in the fall, we will be using an online service tracking tool that will allow all students to record and verify their own service hours to their school, to their parish, and to the nonprofit world. Information on how to use this new tool will be shared at the start of the new school year. Any service hours completed over the summer can be recorded on the current form that is available HERE

The week before school resumes in August, Summer Service Experiences will be offered to our students. Before the everyday distractions of the school year begin again, students are invited to serve at local nonprofits that are addressing the needs of our community. The Summer Service 2017 information is HERE

“Meet. Serve. Grow.” is a program that allows students to go to local non-profits, meet the directors and hear about the issues faced, serve at the agency, and reflect on how that service calls them to grow. These experiences are offered throughout the year at various local non-profits, and are important and meaningful ways to gain service hours.

Magnified Giving is a philanthropy program open to all students. Members of this club research social justice issues and the agencies that serve them, serve at those agencies, and reward a grant to the local non-profit they deem most worthy. The Magnified Giving Club gives a powerful experience of generosity and philanthropy to our students and benefits our community in a concrete way. Go to www.magnifiedgiving.org for more information.

Shantytown is an educational program where students are encouraged to sleep outside overnight at Badin--a form of action that is designed to bring awareness to the issue of homelessness by getting students to ask questions about poverty as it exists in our community.

The Service Leadership Board also works to create opportunities of service for our students that are relevant, inspiring, and beneficial to the disadvantaged. The Board is comprised of students in their junior year who have a passion for social justice and service, and who want to work to spread awareness throughout the Badin community of the value of service and the importance of generosity and justice.

"Summer in Solidarity" is our summer service trip program that offers students the opportunity to serve in a new way, immersing themselves in a new place and time, without the everyday distractions of the school year. We will host one domestic trip and one international trip each summer. Details and applications for the trips of 2018 will be posted in the fall.

A monthly newsletter will be posted and e-mailed to students with a listing of local service opportunities. Students are also encouraged to seek out their own service experiences, based on their own interests and passions. The following are examples of ways to serve at local agencies that are making a difference in our community:

The 2nd Friday of every month is Badin’s night to serve food to the hungry and build community at the Community Meal Center at the Presbyterian Church in Hamilton from 4:00 to 7:00.

Volunteer to sort clothing and toiletries for the underprivileged children in the Hamilton City School district at The Caring Closet.

Be a mentor at The Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton or the Booker T. Washington Community Center, and serve through helping with homework, playing games, and doing crafts, with the kids in their afterschool programs.

Explore ways to serve through Community First Solutions, where you might spend valuable time connecting with residents at Berkeley Square or Westover, or participating in programs at Partners in Prime.

Be a trail ambassador or volunteer at events for the MetroParks of Butler County.

Spend your time caring for animals at the Animal Friends Humane Society, PAWS Adoption Center, or at the Animal Adoption Foundation.

Volunteer with the Give Back Crew to serve and build relationships with those with disabilities through the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Serve the seniors of our community by helping them remain self-sufficient and building relationships through RASKALS, Random Acts of Simple Kindness Affecting Local Seniors.

Be a “buddy” for a baseball player with disabilities through the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League.

Support challenged families in our community by volunteering with Pause and the Butler County Educational Service Center.

Look into other service opportunities that might be right for you by contacting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County, the Open Door Food Pantry, the Shared Harvest Food Bank, your local city school district, your parish, Fort Hamilton Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s, the Great Miami Valley YMCA, the YWCA Hamilton, Serve City, People Working Cooperatively, Mercy Health St. Raphael, ReThreads, St. Vincent De Paul Society, or Matthew 25: Ministries.

As our students engage in service, we hope they will grow in their faith, learn about the issues of the world around them, and contribute to the betterment of our community. Questions regarding the Service Program at Badin can be directed to Mrs. Megan Halverson, the Christian Service Coordinator, at mhalverson@BadinHS.org.

“Serving is the way that mission is carried out, the only way to be a disciple of Jesus.”
-Pope Francis