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Students, staff take day to focus on community

Students, staff take day to focus on community

BBC&S' annual Community Appreciation Day on Tuesday brought more than 300 students, staff, and faculty together to benefit the greater Scranton area.

BBC&SNo classes were held during the day as volunteers tackled jobs from neighborhood clean-ups and leaf-raking to help for local nonprofit organizations and nearby homeowners.

"It was fabulous, such an overwhelming response," said Karin Foster, President of the West Scranton Hyde Park Neighborhood Watch organization. "They were such good workers, efficient workers. Every one of them was great."

Students worked with the Neighborhood Watch group and NeighborWorks of NEPA to clean in and around a skate park and community garden area, assist with a survey of residents, and clean two other parks and corridors.

See photos of the day here.

Watch a local television news report here.


A Day for Serving
Other organizations and locations for work included:

-Abington Area Joint Recreation Board: Cleared brush in and around Hillside Park and upgraded a baseball field.

- United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA: Cleaned in the Cedar Avenue corridor in South Scranton.

- Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority: Worked on a two-mile stretch of trail near the Elm Street trailhead to clear trash and brush from the area.

-Big Brothers Big Sisters: Cleaned around the organization's Hilltop facility and assisted with light work in their downtown Scranton office.

- The ARC of NEPA: Cleaned around the Robinson Park facility in the East Mountain area.

BBC&SWork also included assistance to campus neighbors, including some older residents, and projects for Clarks Green Borough.

"We are grateful," said Cindy Beeman (88), Program Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters and a BBC alumnus.


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

"I think BBC connects better when we get out and serve together," said Weston Erbentraut, a senior Pre-Seminary major from Charleston, SC.

Sarah Walker, a sophomore Counseling major from Wyoming, PA, agreed.

"We learn in our classes what we should be doing, but this is our chance to get out, take a break, and put other people first."

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 outstanding Christian higher education through on-campus, online, and other distance learning options. Students go beyond the ordinary, learning to think biblically, grow spiritually, and serve faithfully as they gain critical leadership and life skills.

To learn more, go to www.bbc.eduor call 570.586.2400.

Posted on: 10/22/2013 2:59:33 PM

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