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Leading by Serving

Jesus taught that to be great in his Kingdom, we must become servants just as he did, reorienting our lives in an outward-facing mode of generosity, compassion, love, and respect. Students internalize and live out these radical values throughout their BCA careers through service projects, many of which flow out of class topics and/or student interest.

Lower School

Service is integral to quarterly inquiry-based learning projects at the Lower School.  Students and teachers generate questions around a topic, conduct research, and formulate projects to demonstrate and extend their learning.  These projects are presented to inform and bless a real audience inside or outside the school.

For example, a quarter-long learning inquiry into the issue of homelessness, conducted in partnership with the Rhode Island Dream Center, gave rise to the following projects:

  • Making lunches for distribution to homeless people in Rhode Island
  • Writing and designing “Good News Booklets” for distribution in winter backpacks
  • Conducting a necktie drive

Middle School

Middle school service projects emphasize the importance of community and teamwork, and have included:

  • Assisting children at Waddington Kindergarten
  • Visiting seniors at Bay Spring Village Atria assisted living
  • Lending a hand with Rakes for Neighbors
  • Volunteering at BCA events
  • Growing vegetables for a local food pantry

High School

At the high school, service projects are often initiated by students as expressions of their learning, their passions, and their professional/vocational interests.  Juniors conduct a year of research and writing about a contemporary topic of their own choosing, and then design and implement a related senior service project with the support of an advisor and a mentor.  Student leaders who attend the annual ACSI Leadership Retreat initiated a “Passion Project” activity in which they launch a service project flowing from a contemporary issue they care deeply about.  National Honors Society and Student Council provide fertile ground for student-initiated service projects that touch lives locally and abroad.

Projects have included:

  • Filming a documentary, on location, documenting the lives of women in the Bateys of the Dominican Republic
  • Assisting with prenatal care and deliveries at Tenwick Hospital in Kenya
  • Repopulating oyster beds in Narragansett Bay
  • Helping to plan and facilitate BCA’s annual Justice Week
  • Participating in school formation committees
  • Delivering furniture to families in need with My Brother’s Keeper in New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Planning and implementing an event to raise awareness about domestic violence
  • Helping to launch an organization to assist local victims of human trafficking
  • Planning and running VBS activities for children in the Dominican Republic
  • Setting up the library, reading to children, and helping with childcare at Wee Care and MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) at Barrington Baptist Church
  • Cooking and serving lunch at the Bristol Good Neighbor Soup Kitchen
  • Assisting with Christmas store preparations at the Providence Rescue Mission
  • Caroling at local nursing homes and assisted living centers
  • Participating in the 30 Hour Famine with World Vision
  • Collecting gifts for Operation Christmas Child with Samaritan’s Purse
  • Organizing clothes and toiletries drives for Rhode Island Dream Center
  • Planning and coordinating a Chinese New Year celebration for cultural awareness
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