Students, staff serve Scranton area community

Students, staff serve Scranton area community

Students, faculty, and staff took time off from classes October 19, to serve in a range of projects across the Scranton area during BBC&S' annual Community Appreciation Day.

The projects included cleaning, painting, and working with local nonprofit organizations, sports facilities, and churches, as well as leaf-raking and cleaning in neighborhoods near campus.

View a sampling of pictures here.

"We went to Berean Church in Scranton where we painted and cleaned up at the church and in the surrounding neighborhood," said Monique Ouellette, a senior Sports Ministries major. "I love the atmosphere of working together with fellow students. It's fun to get out of the BBC community and serve."

Nate King, a senior Intercultural Youth Ministries major, went with a group of 20 other students to the Ackerly Field in Glenburn Township.

"We winterized the fields for the off-season by raking, taking down advertising signs, and emptying the trash. It was fun," said Nate. "It is a super opportunity to serve the community. Every year the Little League board is encouraged by it and it's a great testimony."

Charity Smith, a junior in the Education program, went to the United Cerebral Palsy/Helping Hands Learning Center in Clarks Summit, where they raked the yard, cleared gutters, washed windows, and cleaned playground equipment.Baptist Bible College & Seminary

"It is a good way to serve and give back," said Charity. "It's eye-opening to realize the needs of people so closely around us. It is important to realize the purpose and need for getting involved in the community."

Other work included a downtown cleanup with Scranton Tomorrow, computer service and work with Lekotek in Clarks Summit, street cleanup with United Neighborhood Centers in South Side Scranton, and trail clearing and cleanup with the Lackawanna Valley Heritage Authority in Scranton.

Community Appreciation Day is held annually during the fall semester. It is an opportunity for the students to gain hands-on ministry service experience in a local setting. No classes are held during the day.

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

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Posted on: 10/20/2010 8:13:50 AM

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