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Service at BSM (2016-17)

Service at BSM (2016-17)

June 17, 2017

As the 2016-2017 academic year has come to an end, we rejoice in the outstanding accomplishments of our Red Knights. Our vision at Benilde-St. Margaret’s is to incorporate service into everything we do as a Catholic school community. We are a school that is recognized for developing engaged, intelligent servant leaders, and this year, our students logged nearly 20,000 service hours by living their faith in the community.

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At the end of each school year, students are presented with the opportunity to apply for the Presidential Service Award, and those who have qualified for the award are recognized at the End of Year Assembly. Student’s ages 16-18 years of age who receive this award have completed a minimum of 100 community service hours in the past 12 months, and students under 16 need to have completed a minimum of 50 hours in the past 12 months. This year 80 Red Knights received this outstanding national honor. These 80 students have served a combined total of 10,733 service hours in the last year!

Through the pedagogy of service learning, BSM helps students experience volunteer experiences, and much more, in their Theology classes and across all disciplines. Service learning is a learning method in which students have leadership roles in thoughtfully organized service experiences that meet real need in the community. Director or Mission Lisa Lenhart-Murphy helped implement the service learning based curriculum at BSM, and she expressed the importance of this pedagogy: “Service is a cornerstone of the BSM experience. It gives students the opportunity to understand what it means to have a lived faith.” 

One class in particular that leaves a lasting impression on our seniors is the Faith in Action class taught by Lenhart-Murphy herself. Through Faith in Action, students are encouraged to be a sign of God’s love through advocacy for social justice. Each student participates in an advocacy project, which includes at least 15 hours of service with one organization over the course of the semester. Students then present their advocacy projects at an end-of-semester Justice Fair.

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BSM not only offers service opportunities through the curriculum, but we also have various activities/clubs that focus on the importance of giving back to our community. One particular example is the Red Knight Volunteer Corp (RKVC), a program which focuses on students volunteering in the community. It is the largest student group on campus where participation requires a minimum of four service activities per semester but more is encouraged. This year, RKVC members filled nearly 1,000 volunteer spots in over 200 events.

Through RKVC and other volunteer endeavors, BSM has had the opportunity to establish relationships with nearly 200 nonprofit organizations. These “partner agencies”, with which Lenhart-Murphy has made connections over the years, are invited to speak with students in the fall and the beginning of second semester. Many students quickly establish a connection with an organization and volunteer throughout their entire high school career. One of those organizations we have a long history with is Perspectives, Inc. who recently held a special dinner to honor and recognize our Red Knight volunteers.

Check back later this summer to hear more about our amazing Red Knight servant leaders and their passion for service! #BSMproud

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