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Community Outreach is a Way of Life at BC

Community Outreach is a Way of Life at BCAt Bishop Carroll, service isn’t just a graduation requirement or a lesson taught in religion class — it’s a way of life. Though each student is required to complete at least twenty hours of community service before graduation — which they do through church, charity and school activities — most go above and beyond this requirement, making a big impact on their communities.

“Throughout the year we offer many opportunities for students to give back to their community,” says Karen Blaisdell, who is the art and religion teacher at Bishop Carroll. “Different groups and clubs plan activities to engage community members and build relationships between our Bishop Carroll family and our local area residents. We also work with Saint Vincent de Paul and Catholic Charities to support their efforts during the holiday season.”

In total, Bishop Carroll students contribute more than 6,000 hours of service to both religious organizations and the community as a whole. “Student council members and student ambassadors sponsor many activities such as visiting our local senior centers, nursing homes, grade schools and area Skills facility. We also support our local first responders and veterans as well,” Blaisdell says.

The spirit of service is a key component of Bishop Carroll’s mission when it comes to preparing students for their adult lives ahead. “BC prepares students for a future of giving to

those in need and giving back to the communities that have nurtured them by encouraging them to reach beyond themselves,” says Blaisdell. “An integral part of our school motto,

‘Spirit, Heart, Mind, and Body’ is the Heart. Our service and giving throughout the school year speaks to the goal of giving from the heart. By teaching the gospel values in our classes and through our outreach and service, we encourage every student to see the connection between themselves and every human being.”

Not only does this service positively impact the community around us, it also makes a great impression on students’ lives as well. It’s clear that volunteer work makes a positive

impact on the community — but what about the benefits the volunteers themselves reap from volunteering? “Many times students are unaware of how much need there is in our local community as well as in the entire world,” comments Blaisdell. “By engaging in service projects, they see firsthand the need that is out there and they are affected by it.”

And it’s not just students’ spiritual lives that benefit. Community service and outreach has been shown to increase volunteer health (including improving mood and lessening anxiety, two concerns that are of special note for teenagers); lead to better college and employment opportunities; and grow valuable skills related to leadership, problem solving and flexibility.

When Bishop Carroll students learn the value of service, the school, community and our students benefit — not just for the four years they spend on Husky Hill, but for their entire lives.

Look for more on BC’s Spirit of Service in a complete article coming soon in the next issue of the BC News. Make sure we have your most up to date contact information by emailing Annalisa McCann in the Alumni Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Another Year of Generosity Keeps BC Thriving

Bishop Carroll was instrumental in helping me to become the person I am today. It gave me a great education and reinforced my Faith life. Because of Bishop Carroll, I have been a teacher at Holy Name School for over 40 years. Catholic education is very important to me because I feel that it develops not only the mind but also the whole person. It allows the students to put their faith into action. - Susie McCombie ’70

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