Student Life

Community Service

A key component of Bullis’ balanced approach is including opportunities for students to gain broader perspectives on their world. Locally, students regularly engage in a range of community service projects, from single events to ongoing commitments with shelters and food banks and other organizations that provide services in the comunity.

Bullis requires no community service hours for graduation; rather, our students participate in community service because they genuinely enjoy it.

In addition to the activities listed on the right side of this page, students regularly coordinate fundraising efforts to support causes and address needs outside of our community. Recent fundraisers have generated thousands of dollars in donations to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti, hurricane Katrina, the Japanese earthquake and Tsunami, breast cancer awareness, and the children of the victims of 9-11.

Many activities are student-coordinated; others are coordinated by the Community Service Committee of the Parents Association. No matter who is in charge of the activity, each one involves members from throughout the Bullis community—students, parents, faculty and staff—working together for each of these very special causes.

Faculty advisors for community service for the 2012-2013 school year are Upper School teachers Dr. Sara Romeyn, director of community service and Laura Heninger, assistant director.

 

Bullis Community Service Activities

Martha's Table

Every Monday, Upper School students travel downtown to Martha’s Table to serve meals to the homeless Bullis is the longest-serving school at Martha’s Table, and we hope to expand this program to have some students also work in the after-school tutoring program with the organization's clients.

Shoe Drive

Supporting the organization Walk in My Shoes, which provides new and gently used shoes to children living in developing countries. For its first time coordinating a drive for this organization, The Bullis Community Service Club hopes to gather more than 250 pairs of shoes. Middle and Upper School students participate in this effort. To be held October 17-28, 2011.

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Thanksgiving Baskets and Pie Bake

View a photo gallery of the Thanksgiving Baskets and Pie Bake

Each year Bullis gathers items and bakes pies to support families receiving support from Montgomery County’s Housing Opportunities Commission. Last year, more than 75 baskets containing food, holiday decorations and gifts for families were filled, and nearly 200 pies were baked. The Pie Bake will be held November 19, 2011, with Upper School students and the Parents Association participating. Thanksgiving Baskets will be filled November 1-17, 2011, with students from all divisions participating.

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Dodgeball Tournament

Student teams compete against each other to have fun and raise money for different organizations. Previous recipients have included the National Collegiate Cancer Foundation, which awards scholarships and provides support to college students diagnosed with cancer. The tournament is run by the US Student Government and will be held December 2.

Children's Book Drive and MLK Day of Service

In 2011, Bullis worked with CASA of Maryland for Martin Luther King Day (January 16, 2012) to create a library for the organization’s clients and children. Nearly 1,400 books were gathered and organized on the shelves of the newly constructed space in CASA’s multicultural center in Langley Park. Future book drives will work with other schools and organizations to establish or restock libraries. The drive will be held in January and students from all divisions will participate.

 

Cereal Drive for Manna

Since 2009, Bullis students each spring have gathered thousands of boxes of cereal to donate to Manna Food Center to help address the ongoing food need in Montgomery County. Student from all divisions participate. 

 

Senior Citizen Party

Each spring the 9th grade class hosts visitors from local senior citizen homes at Bullis for a morning of performances, snacks and friendship.

Schmidt-Jensen Tennis Tournament

Bullis hosts this local event each year to support the involvement of children with Down syndrome in tennis. It is held in June and Upper School students participate.

Habitat for Humanity Builds

Twelfth grade students participate in this yearly event, to be held May 19-23, 2014.

Updated information about registration, deadlines and specific trip information can be found here.

UNICEF

Lower School students collect for UNICEF during the weeks leading up to Halloween.

Diener School Buddy Program

Upper School students visit the school on a weekly basis to participate in a program to build social skills, verbal communication, and literacy. Lower School students also meet with Diener buddies periodically throughout the year to visit, play and read together.

Toy Drive

In December 2011, students collected 500 toys for "A Wider Circle," Casa de Maryland, and Bridges to Pals, a support agency for kids in foster care.

A Wider Circle

View a photo gallery of the MLK Day of Service

For MLK Day 2012, Bullis gathered hundreds of books and blankets to donate to A Wider Circle, and then worked at the organization's warehouse on MLK Day to organize the donations and create a children's corner for children to pick out books and toys when their families come to the warehouse for needed household items.

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Manor Care

Every Thursday, a group of students visits with the residents. They play bingo, make gingerbread houses, have holiday parties and are developing lasting relationships.

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