Students, staff take time to serve locally

Students, staff take time to serve locally

Students and staff will take a break from classes October 19 but not from work, spending the day serving the Scranton area during BBC's annual Community Appreciation Day.

Service projects range from trail, downtown, and playground cleanups to organizational tasks and tree surveying.

"Community Appreciation Day provides us an opportunity to take the message of humbly serving others, that we hear all the time around BBC, and put it into action," said Tim Walker, a junior and president of the BBC Student Leadership Council. "It is a chance to set aside our daily routines, stop thinking about ourselves, and practically show the love of Jesus Christ to the greater Scranton community."

Making a Difference
Hundreds of students and will be involved in many different service projects, working with several community nonprofit organizations in Lackawanna County, including:

- Scranton Tomorrow: Downtown cleanup and beautification.

- United Cerebral Palsy/Helping Hands Learning Center in Clarks Summit: Playground cleanup and reorganization.

- Lekotek in Clarks Summit: Student computer area programming and reorganization.

- United Neighborhood Centers in South Side Scranton: Neighborhood cleanup and tree census.

- Lackawanna Valley Heritage Authority in Scranton: Riverwalk trail cleanup and fall planting.

- Berean Church: Painting, fall cleanup, and basement work

- Ackerly Field in Glenburn Township: Winterize fields, cleanup, and remove signs.

Students will also be serving in the neighborhoods of several faculty members, as well as the area immediately surrounding the college, doing a range of service projects.

Service and outreach are vital aspects of student life at BBC, said Jonathan Strayer, Director of Student Activities.

Community Appreciation Day is held annually during the fall semester. Watch a video of a previous event here.

President's Breakfast
Earlier in the day, area business and community leaders will attend a special breakfast featuring President Jim Jeffery and new women's basketball coach Amber Jacobs. The breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m.

Details on the breakfast are online at For questions, call 570.585.9225.

Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers an outstanding Christian education through on campus, online, and other distance learning options. Students learn to serve and lead as they gain critical leadership and life skills.

To learn more, go to or call 570.586.2400.

Posted on: 10/14/2010 11:37:34 AM

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