"If you want to be great in God's Kingdom, learn to be a servant of all."
Scholars in grades 9 - 12 at FBCA are expected to complete twenty-five (25) hours of community service / volunteer work each year. This minimum has been established to help the scholars meet the required 100 hours for the Florida Bright Future Scholarship. Scholars and parents are reminded that many other scholarship committees require many more hours for consideration of their funding. It is our desire that each scholar view this program as an opportunity and an investment of his life, not as a requirement. Scripture is full of examples and direction from Jesus Christ, the ultimate teacher and instructor, helping those in need, doing unto others as we would have them do to us, and most of all, being a servant of all. As scholars develop a closer relationship with Jesus Christ, it will come naturally to complete these community service hours -- it will be a part of the Christian life style which they should live on a daily basis.
FBCA has a responsibility to fully educate each scholar and to prepare each individual, the best we can, for a productive future in our society. Post high school environments, whether it is college or career, evaluate a graduate on many areas of merit. Colleges and scholarship committees no longer consider only grades and test scores -- they also consider total community involvement. Organizations and review committees want to see several hundred hours of community service projects or volunteer hours in a number of areas.
Therefore, FBCA has established the following guidelines for the Community Service / Volunteer Hours program.
• Each scholar should select the community service, or non-profit organizations, with which to work.
• Community service / volunteer hours may be completed throughout the year. Hours should be submitted to the office no later than May 15 for each school year. (i.e. Summer hours will show on the next academic year.) Consideration for awards presented in the spring which involve community service hours will be based on the third-quarter records.
• The minimum twenty-five (25) hours should be completed with a minimum of three (3) organizations or areas of service.
• All hours must be on a volunteer basis and should not be directed to serve only a family member.
• Each project completed needs to be recorded on the Community Service / Volunteer forms or in a letter from the sponsoring organization. Hours are submitted to the homeroom teacher and recorded on quarterly report cards.
• FBCA recommends students desiring local and national scholarships and university admittance acquire in excess of 50 hours per year from various community organizations. Scholars are encouraged to be involved in service activities that have a significant impact in meeting the needs of our local community.
• Scholars are reminded that many national organizations require the hours to have been completed in community projects – not related to a church or religious organization. Although FBCA encourages summer missions’ trips and regular involvement with your church programs, these hours may not qualify for some community service credit hours.