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Lab School sees community service hours soar

Filed in Archive, BCHS, Student Spotlight by on March 5, 2020

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An important part of the district’s mission is to help students be engaged members of the community. Community service projects are becoming more prevalent in the high school. When the school year began, the district introduced, Passport for Good, a mobile-based service to assist tracking hours of service. Clubs, sports teams, and courses can track their hours online and according to the website so far, the district has tallied 3,767 hours on this database. It should be noted, however, that not all clubs and courses made the migration to tracking hours online. 

The Lab School, a small rigorous school within the high school, requires community service as one of its core principles. Each year, students in the program are required to complete at least 15 hours of service.

“That’s not to say students stop there,” said Lab School coordinator David Lendrum. “In fact, many Lab School students go above and beyond this call to service and become so involved in causes, they continue to tally hours.”

Lendrum said that by the end of second quarter, Lab School students alone had completed 1,624 hours of community service,  surpassing the number of hours they tallied during the entire 2018-19 school year.

“This has been a very productive semester,” reports Lendrum. “Students are completing hours not just to fulfill a requirement but because they believe in the causes they help.”

Junior Elizabeth Hancox is very passionate about history. She has volunteered 27 hours at the Albany Institute of History and Art museum as a Junior Interpreter.

“I was asked to research and create a 20-minute tour of the museum’s Traders and Culture exhibit focusing on the family life of Dutch Settlers in the 17th and 18th century. I’ve since delivered the tour a dozen times. It was fun for me and didn’t seem like work,” said Hancox.

Other popular organizations Lab School students frequently visit include the South End Children’s Cafe in Arbor Hill, the Spotted Zebra early-learning center in Latham, and the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY in Schenectady. 

Senior Ceren Muslim is passionate about helping children. Muslim has become involved with Jazzy Sun Birthday’s, an organization that helps provides personalized, themed birthday parties for homeless children across the Capital Region. 

“Some children have to grow up so fast. This organization allows them to spend their birthday being a kid and having fun. The look on their faces when they see a personalized cake is enough for me.It makes it all worthwhile.”

Learn more about Lab School at BCHS.