Community service is an integral component of a Bishop Ludden education. Even our youngest students experience the satisfaction and importance of serving others. Together, our students contribute more than 10,000 hours of service every year, laying the foundation for what we hope will be a lifelong commitment.
Bishop Ludden's tradition of community service is one of the foundations of the school, reflecting our commitment to an awareness of others’ needs that inspire us to take action. In addition to many opportunities for giving, students are required to perform community service each year. Required hours vary by grade level:
7th Grade: 10 hours
8th Grade: 12 hours
9th Grade: 16 hours
10th Grade: 24 hours
11th Grade: 32 hours
12th Grade: 40 hours
Finding time for community service can be a challenge for all of us, particularly for students who are trying to balance extracurricular activities with a rigorous academic schedule. As part of our effort to ensure that the community service program remains a central and meaningful part of each student’s experience, we make available to students many service opportunities on-campus and a list of off-campus options.
Community service helps our students to understand more about the world around them, and more about themselves and their place in the world. Our hope is that our students will develop a habit of service to others that will become a permanent part of their lives.
Some examples of community service include:
Serving Lunch at the Samaritan Center
Decorating for the Holidays at St. Camillus
Giving Tours to Prospective Students
Picking Vegetables at Matthew 25 Farm