In addition to academic credits, students are expected to participate in school or community service, either individually or through membership in school- sponsored clubs or organizations. The purpose is for students to become more involved, serve others, and recognize the needs in our local community.
TBCS instills the importance of volunteerism early on. In the Fall, TBCS organizes a day of community service for the middle school students in order to expose them to the volunteer opportunities in the Pee Dee. Community service done outside of school sponsorship must be unpaid and through a bona fide charitable organization. (Household chores, babysitting, helping neighbors, etc. are not considered acceptable service activities.) Promotion to the next grade requires the completion and documentation of a minimum of 15 hours of school and/or community service each year. Likewise, continued membership in some organizations, such as the National Honor Society, requires additional service hours.
The inclusion of these community service activities in a student’s college application portfolio is an important factor in admission decisions at many colleges and universities. Students who fail to complete this requirement during the school year must do school service work in the summer and report cards/transcripts will be held until this requirement is satisfied. Students whose documented service work exceeds 50 hours in a year receive special recognition at the Academic Awards program in the spring.
It is our hope that by having nominal service requirements, our students will develop a commitment to community involvement and service.