POP Service

Prince of Peace Catholic School has since its inception been known for its commitment to our community. It is in the mission statement of our school that we are all called to be servant leaders. It was from this commitment that our student volunteer program was created. Over the years this program has evolved, and we hope the changes will help students reflect and focus on the meaning and impact of their volunteer work.

This year we are implementing some new elements into the POP Service program. We hope this will energize students to participate in community service projects thorough our weekly POP Service meeting or through RAK groups, Junior League, Scouting, animal humane societies, and the many other organizations students can participate. Our goal this year is to focus less on the number of service hours performed and focus more fully on the impact their service will have on our community. Mrs. Tompsett and Mrs. Good will be asking students throughout the year to reflect on their experiences of helping people and organizations and what the experiences meant to them. It is suggested that the student keep a record of their service experiences to refer to when doing these writing activities.

Prince of Peace Catholic School will still be participating in the National Junior Beta Club. This is a national organization founded in 1934 to promote volunteering in young people. To join the BETA club, you only need to email me and let me know your student would like to participate. You will be charged a one- time fee of $15.00 billed through FACTS. Students continuing to participate in the National Junior Beta Club through high school are eligible for scholarships.

 Due to recent changes, we will no longer be participating in the Presidential Volunteer Service Award program. Instead we will acknowledge our students for their contributions with a POP Service Award.

We will continue to offer and encourage service projects through POP Service meetings. Please note that, for liability reasons, all off campus events are NOT considered school events, and parents assume all responsibility for student drop off, pick up, and behavior. As representatives of Prince of Peace Catholic School, our student volunteers are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the high standards set out in our student handbook. At least 10 times year we have lunch time projects such as preparing bags for our outreach committee, making posters for upcoming events, or making cards to go along with our blanket ministry.

Mrs. Bowman and Mrs. Bailey will be the facilitators for POP Service this year. We are both looking forward to working with all our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. POP Service meeting will be held every Tuesday during lunch in the Media. Students wishing to participate should bring their lunches to the Media Center where we will either be working on project or planning projects.

What counts as Service?

The definition of community service is volunteer work done for free in order to give back to the community.

Examples of Community Service would include:
Volunteering at any animal shelter
Reading or playing games with seniors in retirement facilities
Working with Change for Honduras
Volunteering at any of the food pantries
Working with the Salvation Army
Making blankets for our various outreach projects 

It does not include:
Babysitting siblings, cousins, or neighbor children for free
Household chores
Helping grandparents with household chores
Assisting a sport team to which your student or family member belongs 

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