Middle School Community Service
The Mission Statement of Austin Preparatory School emphasizes the importance of lives of service to others in the spirit of Jesus Christ.
Our mission follows in the footsteps of our patron, Saint Augustine, who wrote: “What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.”
The Journey at Austin Prep is one marked by the formation of the whole child. One of the attributes that distinguishes an Austin education is the attention not just to enlightening the mind but more so to engaging each student’s heart and hands.
Volunteer work gives our students the opportunity to reach out to others who truly need what they have to offer: their time and their talents. Students can experience and share God’s love in concrete ways through their words and their actions in ministry to others. They can make a real difference in the lives of others.
The service experience can also lead to self-discovery and self-growth. Hopefully our students will come to realize through this process that they receive far more than they could ever give, for service to our neighbors is service to God and promotes self-awareness and growth. As Jesus said, “Whatever you do for the least of my brothers and sisters, you do for me.” (Matthew 25:40)
The Austin Service Program requirements for Middle School students are as follows:
- Grade 6 students must complete 2 hours of service during that school year.
- Grade 7 students must complete 3 hours of service during that school year.
- Grade 8 students must complete 4 hours of service during that school year and hand in a Service Paper by December 1st. Students will be granted an extension until January 4 to submit their logs and papers in recognition that many MS students complete their hours over the Christmas break with their families.
Completion of this service work is an important part of the Middle School requirements. The annual service work must be completed between December 1, 2017 and December 1, 2018. Students will be granted an extension until January 4 to submit their logs and papers in recognition that many MS students complete their hours over the Christmas break with their families. The service work may be completed at one or more service sites. The school-wide Day of Service in November does not count toward this requirement.
The documents for the Austin Service Program (Service Hours Sheet and the Service Paper Guidelines) are below.
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COMPLETING THE SERVICE HOURS LOG SHEET
1. Select a service opportunity (or opportunities)
Service work must be completely voluntary. Students may not be paid or compensated in any way for their work. Service hours may not be credited from another program, activity or club.
We recommend that students help in their local communities. Students may complete service work for a family member, family friends, or neighbors. The service work must be beyond their normal chores, etc. Students may volunteer in their place of worship, their town, and with local efforts to help people in need. They may do such things as rake leaves, shovel snow, walk a dog for a sick or homebound person, visit someone who is sick or elderly, or the like. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Brenninkmeyer.
2. Perform service hours
Service hours must be completed outside of the school day - during the summer or vacation times, or on weekends or in the evenings. Students may work with other Austin students at a service site.
3. Record your hours on the Service Hours Log Sheet
Service hours must be recorded on the Service Hours Log Sheet and verified by the signature of the supervisor at the site. When students are working in the home, parents and other family members may serve as supervisors.
4. Submit your Service Hours Log Sheet
The Service Hours Log Sheet must be submitted to Ms. Brenninkmeyer by December 1st of that school year. During the three years of Middle School, the students will submit a Service Hours Log Sheet every year.
WRITING THE SERVICE PAPER (Grade 8 only)
In Grade 8 all students will write one Service Paper. In the paper they will reflect on what they learned from their service experiences through the Middle School years. Students will write a 700-word (or 1½-page essay), reflecting on their entire experience of service through Middle School. Please see the guidelines below.
The Service Paper must be submitted to Ms. Brenninkmeyer on or before December 1st of the eighth grade year. Students will be granted an extension until January 4 to submit their logs and papers in recognition that many MS students complete their hours over the Christmas break with their families.
For questions or concerns, please contact: Ms. Brenninkmeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org