Community Service at CBHS

In the spirit of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, Christian Brothers High School is dedicated to being an impact center for the City of Memphis.  As a source of great pride, CBHS requires each student to commit to the mission of the school as well as the mission of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in service to those in need.

Service Slideshow

Areas of Service

VERY IMPORTANT: If you have questions about what qualifies as a service hour, contact the student's Religion or Ethics teacher. Service organizations and activities not listed on this site or not announced in the daily bulletin must be pre-approved by the teacher, who is the ultimate decision-maker regarding service hours. No one other than the teacher or Religion and Ethics Department Chair has the authority to approve service hours. So when in doubt, ask the teacher ahead of time!

All students will be required to submit a thoughtful, one-page reflection on their service, outlining:

  • What service was performed
  • How the service benefitted those served
  • Personal reflection on the insights gained through performing this service 
The essay will be due two weeks before the end-of-year service deadline and will be assigned a significant grade. The service requirement is not complete until the paper is turned in and approved. Each Religion or Ethics teacher may determine the details of the paper.  Be sure to e-mail the student's Religion or Ethics teacher with questions.

Direct Service to the Needy

  • Requires the student to be in the presence of and interacting with those in need of service. 
  • Service must be done through a recognized service agency in Memphis. 
  • Examples: Tutoring or coaching at a diocesan Jubilee School, working at a soup kitchen, delivering meals to the homebound, building homes for Habitat for Humanity

Community Service

  • Volunteer, unpaid service that benefits those in need of help
  • Examples: CBHS Trivia Night, church activities, Blue Streak Foundation, or any fund raising activity that directly benefits those in need.  

Requirements

Juniors and Seniors 
24 total hours
(12 hours Direct Service and 12 hours Community Service)

Freshmen and Sophomores 
16 total hours 
(8 hours Direct Service and 8 hours Community Service)

STUDENTS MAY COMPLETE ALL OF THEIR HOURS IN THE DIRECT SERVICE CATEGORY

Deadlines

2017-2018 School Year

Fall Semester
: Juniors and seniors must have 12 hours completed by Monday, December 4.

Fall Semester:
Freshmen and sophomores must have 8 hours completed by Monday, December 4.

Spring Semester:
Seniors must have remaining hours completed by Monday, April 23.

Spring Semester:
Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors must have remaining hours completed by Monday, May 7.

Special Notes

   Students who miss either the December or the May service deadline will receive an I and will be assigned summer school at the conclusion of the current school year. They also will be expected to finish their service requirement by the end of the summer school session. At the successful completion of the summer school session, including completion of the remaining service hours, the I grade will be changed to the academic grade earned during the regular school year. If they do not attend the summer session or complete their service requirement, the semester grade will change to an F. There will be no exemptions from the fall and spring deadlines. Exceptions for extraordinary situations will be handled by the Religion or Ethics teacher on a case by case basis. Students have an entire year to complete either 16 or 24 service hours, and will be expected to do so without exception and on time.


    The first week of school, teachers will distribute a service contract to each student. Students and parents are asked to complete the contract and return it to the student’s Religion or Ethics teacher by Monday, August 21 (or sooner, at the discretion of the teacher). While the list of activities will in many cases be tentative, it should reflect that the student has investigated service possibilities and begun to plan for completing his hours on time. If there are questions, please e-mail the student’s Religion or Ethics teacher.


    Another important reminder: If you have questions about what qualifies as a service hour, contact the student's Religion or Ethics teacher. Service organizations and activities not listed on this site or not announced in the daily bulletin must be pre-approved by the teacher, who is the ultimate decision-maker regarding service hours. No one other than the Religion or Ethics teacher or Religion and Ethics Department Chair has the authority to approve service hours. So when in doubt, ask the teacher ahead of time! And remember: Service hours must not be done during school hours.