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Community Service

Our curriculum includes: 

“Involvement with the local community and concern for worldwide issues, which aid in discovering ability and a responsibility to make a difference in the world. Our students will participate in service and extra-curricular projects within the Greater Holland communities.”  ~ BRPS Mission Statement

Grades 1-3    -   10 hours
Grades 4-5    -   15 hours
Grades 6-8    -   20 hours
Grades 9-12  -   60 hours

*All hours need to be completed prior to completing grade 3, 5, 8 or 12

To record, please print, fill out, and return, a Community Service Reporting Form linked here. Forms are also available outside the main office. An online form is available under Resources, District Forms, Administrative. 

- Listen to the daily school announcements during CAP.
- Check the Master Calendar for BRPS events where your student can volunteer.
- Talk to BRPS faculty and staff.
-  Click on the link to the right for information on organizations that have contacted us with opportunities.
-  Propose your own!

Community Service Fulfillment

Students are required to fulfill hours in one of two ways:

1. Independently. They work directly with an organization and fulfill their hours, fill out a CS slip from the CS board near the office, and continue finding ways to volunteer, based on their interest.

2. School-organized. Students sign up for activities through the school and/or take the CS elective that is offered. Hours are given through supervising teachers.

A maximum of 20 CS hours is given for any given volunteer experience.

**Transfer students will have adjusted requirements; depending on which year they start at Black River.

As a Black River student you may:

1. Volunteer for anyone where you do NOT get paid.
2. Volunteer with any organization where they are NOT requiring you to volunteer (those who require: Boy Scouts, National Honor Society, Juvenile Court, etc.) You may volunteer for them either individually or through the school-organized events, but you cannot use the hours for both organizations.
3. Create senior projects, independent studies during project term with approval, and/or service learning within the classroom or seminar and receive CS hours.

1. Organize your own experience
2. Volunteer with organizations that interest you
3. Make a difference in your Community

History of Community Service

In 1996 the founding board members, faculty, and families discussed the importance of community service and our school made a commitment for our students.

We officially began our community service program in January of 1998 by offering multiple volunteer opportunities as well as an elective. The school hired a director, called local organizations searching out needs, and took on our first “big” project through the United Way Volunteer Center. We folded 35,000 bags for the National Postal Workers’ Food Drive in three days! We’ve returned to this important task for six subsequent years.

We’ve established over fifty volunteer opportunities for our students since then and have begun to incorporate curriculum-based service learning within classrooms. For example, 20th Century Issue high school students studied poverty then worked with a soup kitchen and homeless shelter for the day. During project term, students learned about socioeconomic hardship, poverty levels, and the realities behind homelessness and had a 30-hour homeless experience where they collected cans to buy food, slept in cardboard boxes, and ate in two soup kitchens. We’ve also had multiple classes discuss historical events with local senior residents through interviewing and story telling.

Community Service

Current Opportunities

Throughout the school year, organizations will contact Black River with volunteer opportunities to engage our students. Students and parents can click below to access a continually growing list of events and opportunities that have been shared with the school.