Teaching our youth the principle of giving - Bracken Serves

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November 02, 2020 By Verlyn Maldonado

Bracken Serves- Students Volunteering Throughout the Community

Bracken students cleaning debri
Students cleaning debris

Smiling faces, giggling youth, and happy hearts are seen in the midst of a sea of green t-shirts with the words “Bracken Serves” printed on the front. Students from Bracken Christian School have dispersed to provide volunteer community service for more than thirty businesses and non-profits throughout the community. Wide eyed smiles can be seen on the faces of the students, and those being served as they mutually enjoy the fruit of their labor.  “Bracken Serves” is the name of the successful volunteer program at Bracken Christian School. Each school year, students, staff, and parent chaperones participate in 3 Volunteer Service Days throughout Bulverde, Spring Branch and surrounding communities. The focus is on teaching students in grades 6th through 12th grade that it is “more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35, NLT paraphrased).  Approximately 130 students participate in serving a variety of businesses and non-profits including the Wildlife Rescue Rehabilitation, The Hope Center Food Pantry/Outreach, SB/B Pregnancy Care Center, Guadalupe River State Park, Hope Hospice, and many more have benefitted from the willing service of these students and volunteers. These “acts of service” have included cleaning debris and trimming tree limbs at Guadalupe River State Park, leading worship and bringing cheer to the residents of Hope Hospice, or loading and unloading food for The Hope Center Food Pantry/ Outreach center. Students learn about building community with their neighbors, while they witness firsthand how provision is made for others through their service.  Students become the hands and feet of Jesus here on earth through their acts of service. 

Helping at Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries
Helping at Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries

Bracken Serves offers service days once a quarter for 3 hours.  By the end of the year, students have earned 12 service hours they can add to their resumes. In addition to these designated service days, students support the community during the school year with diaper and canned food drives. Most recently on October 16th, students collected 1,173 items of food equivalent to 762 pounds for Hill Country Daily Bread and their food pantry. Students in the National Junior Honor Society at Bracken have participated annually in a “Diaper Drive” for St. Jude’s Ranch. Two years ago, Bracken students collected more diapers than all of Comal County put together.  State Representative Kyle Biedermann sent a letter of recognition and gratitude to the students of Bracken Christian School acknowledging their contribution. This recognition by Representative Biedermann was greatly appreciated and helped students realize that their small part made a big impact in the community.

Could you use some volunteers
Could you use some volunteers

The next Bracken Serves Volunteer Service Day will be held on November 18th. It’s not too late for your business or non-profit to sign up to have students provide volunteer service. Please contact Tashi Land at her email:  tashi.land@brackenchristian.com or call 830 438-3211 to sign up. Service projects should be for least 3-10 students to complete or assist with during a 3-hour window of time. Some service project ideas include yard work, trash clean up, cleaning livestock barns, painting, sanitizing areas or books or toys, packing snacks/meals, stocking shelves, filing, sorting, shredding documents, and more.  Our students look forward to being a huge support to the community through Bracken Serves.

If your organization would like to collaborate with Bracken Christian School and sponsor our Bracken Serves Volunteer Program with a financial gift that will offset the cost of T-shirts and lunch for our students and volunteers please contact Verlyn Maldonado at verlyn.maldonado@brackenchristian.com or call 830 438-3211. 

Bracken Christian School is here to serve our community through Bracken Serves!

 

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Written by

Verlyn Maldonado

Verlyn Maldonado is the Coordinator of Strategic Partnerships & Grants at Bracken Christian School and loves building relationships in our community.


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