Christian Service Program
Scranton Prep’s Christian Service Program is dedicated to providing opportunities that foster personal and spiritual growth, put faith into action, and instill compassion for and commitment to others in the tradition of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Why do Scranton Prep students do Service?
The mission of the Society of Jesus has been, from its inception, to do all things “for the greater glory of God”. Service in the Ignatian tradition is an integral part of the Jesuit educational experience at Scranton Prep. Our students come from all over Northeastern Pennsylvania with a variety of gifts and talents that, we believe, are blessings from God. For this we are grateful. Therefore, in the spirit of gratitude we are called to serve others as is prescribed in Luke’s Gospel… “To whom much has been given, much is required.” Many graduates often refer to the fulfillment of their “requirement” as a lasting part of their Prep experience. It gives us the opportunity to be open to our growth and committed to doing justice.
CONTACT: Freshman Service Coordinator, Miss Kowalski
Freshmen are required to complete at least 10 hours of service. This service can be with or for family members, or can be for a neighbor in need of help (elderly, physically disabled, mentally challenged, etc.) Freshmen can help out by babysitting, tutoring, cleaning up yards, mowing lawns, shoveling snow, etc. or can invite a family member to participate with them in a fundraiser for a non-profit organization. Notice of service opportunities are announced and posted throughout the school year as they become available.
CONTACT: Sophomore Service Coordinator, Mrs. Fitzsimmons
Sophomores are required to complete at least 20 hours of service, and are encouraged (but not required) to do so with other sophomores from Scranton Prep. This can include participation in activities sponsored by non-profit organizations within the Scranton area (Thanksgiving gift basket preparation*, Christmas Toyland Workshop, Race for the Cure, Journey for the Disabled, Church picnics, Prep functions, etc.). Notice of service opportunities are frequently announced and posted throughout the school year.
There are many opportunities for juniors to provide service to the local community. Juniors are expected to complete at least 20 hours of service throughout the summer and/or school year. Each junior must arrange their service hours with the Service Director at the beginning of the junior year. Students are encouraged to see Mrs. Donnelly or Miss Elgaway to arrange their service work by the end of September.
*Although juniors are encouraged to continue their work at Prep functions, church picnics, and animal shelters, these projects do not fulfill their junior expectation.
EXPECTATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR JUNIORS
CONTACT: Senior Service Coordinator, Mr. Bernard
Seniors are expected to complete at least 50 hours of service to the local, national, and/or international communities. Students must volunteer at a non-profit agency that serves people with special needs. Often students work with the elderly, physically or developmentally, economically, and/or academically challenged.
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