Upper Schoolers recognized for their dedication to service
Each year, dozens and dozens of Upper School students regularly participate in community service projects...not to fulfill a requirement, but to serve others and learn how much is to be gained when you 'give back.'
Students may track their hours, and then receive recognition for 50 hours or more of community service. Awards were given in the following categories: 50-74 hours for the Bronze Award, 75-99 hours for the Silver Award and more than 100 hours for Gold Award.
The winners of these awards are listed below.
Some of these students participate in service as part of an after-school activity. The community service team had met each winter for the last few years, and this year a spring trimester team was added upon the suggestion of a student to better serve the neediest members of our society. Twelve students participated in the winter and 11 in spring, with two students involved in both sessions.
Beyond the service teams, Community Service Director and English Teacher Julie Finigan also coordinated numerous all-school projects throughout the year. "We continued many annual programs Bullis is involved in each year," she explained, "including the Cereal Drive for Manna, the Thanksgiving Baskets project and regular visits to A Wider Circle and Manor Care." New projects were also added this year, including:
- Preparing and serving breakfast or lunch for the homeless at MCCH-Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless with NHS
- Creating dog toys with Animal Rescue Club
- Organizing the pen and jersey drive for the Nkaya Project in Uganda with the 9th grade
- Managing the coat and sock drive with Random Acts of Kindness Club
- Sorting clothes at Interfaith
- Participating in the Polar Bear Plunge and raising money for the Special Olympics of Maryland
- Raising Awareness and money for research for Alzheimer's through the National Walk to End Alzheimer's
Looking ahead to next year, Ms. Finigan says, "The students are eager to work and create bonds with younger children, so we will investigate volunteer opportunities in the area while also looking right here on campus for cross-divisional activities with the Middle and Lower School."
Qianyi Hu (Margaret)
Yutong Liu (Helen)
Pedro Petcov Neto