An essential component of each Morristown-Beard student’s education is accomplished through the fulfillment of the Community Service Program requirements. The higher purpose envisioned by this program is to foster an acute and practical awareness of the dignity of “the other” in each individual. Each student is required to complete eight hours of community service each semester and to complete reflections about the experience. Students are permitted to perform on campus service for a portion of their requirement and then must fulfill the remainder of their hours working out in the community. These requirements are accounted for and maintained through the Advisory Program and count as a semester course on a pass/fail basis; students must pass to move on to the next grade level.
Each year, students run several on campus drives and fundraisers, such as a community blood drive, a Thanksgiving food drive, and a holiday toy drive, for all to participate. Students work in the local community by volunteering at the Market Street Mission, tutoring children at the Neighborhood House, volunteering at Matheny, working with the Salvation Army bell ringing campaign, and through many more local organizations. The personal interests of students also help forge new partnerships with communities across the globe. Students have sent letters and care packages to soldiers overseas; knit caps and blankets for cancer patients; sent books and supplies to partnered schools in Africa; repaired bikes for the purpose of donation; participated in several walks/runs to raise money and awareness for disease research.
Community service trips are taken yearly during breaks, to help expose our community to the needs beyond. Trips in years past have included Habitat for Humanity builds in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida. Students have also traveled internationally to sites such as Peru, Costa Rica, and Thailand to provide various service to local villages.
At Morristown-Beard we believe that community service challenges students, now and later in life, to become self-reflective and aware of others’ needs.