Students, faculty, staff take day to help area residents

Students, faculty, staff take day to help area residents

Students, faculty, and staff members at BBC&S took a day off from classes to serve the area during the annual Community Appreciation Day.

BBC&SMore than 300 students led by staff and faculty members participated in the October 23 event.

Among the jobs tackled were neighborhood leaf raking, fall cleanup, and painting projects.

See photos of the day here.

A Day for Serving
The team effort benefited residents, churches, and parks in the Clarks Summit, Scranton, and Tunkhannock, PA, areas.

Projects ranged from clearing a walking trail at The Scranton School for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children across from the BBC&S campus to painting at Osterhout Bible Church in Tunkhannock and Berean Church in Scranton. A fall cleanup at the community park in South Abington Township, where BBC&S is located, was also included.

"A lot of people depend on this," said Sherrie Holloway, a BBC professor and leader of a student group raking leaves. "Our plan was to try to help a lot of the elderly residents in our neighborhood."

Amy Miles, a Clarks Summit resident and senior Early Childhood/Elementary Education major at BBC, was among a team of students raking leaves and helping with fall clean up at the South Abington park.

"I love coming to this park," said Miles. "So I am excited to be able to give back. I think this day helps the community know we want to serve and we love being here."

Hands-on Experience
Students benefited from the day through an experience that allowed them to work together, serving and ministering to others.

BBC&S"It's a great day and a good testimony in the community," said Lauren Bailey, a senior Women's Ministries major from Milford, NH. "We're able to help people, and it's nice to make practical use of what we're learning in class -- ministering to and loving others."

The local community benefitted as well.

"The South Abington Township supervisors and the Parks and Recreation Committee appreciate the volunteer efforts of the students from BBC," said Township Manager David O'Neill. "It's always wonderful to have young people committed to the area."

Hands-on experience, along with opportunities for service and outreach, are vital aspects of learning and life at BBC&S. Students are encouraged to go beyond what is expected and make a noticeable impact for Christ in the world around them.

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

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Posted on: 10/23/2012 3:27:57 PM

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