Service Learning

Instructor: Mrs. A. Sosely

Service Learning

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. 
~Winston Churchill 

Reminder: All  summer service hours will be due on Friday, September 25th, to Mrs. Sosely. Please see her with any questions ro concerns you may have.
Mission Statement 

Bernards High School recognizes the need to develop, in all students, a sense of social responsibility, in addition to a commitment to their academic and co-curricular endeavors. By providing students with numerous opportunities for service to local and global communities, we believe that we will help students to achieve their full potential as active and productive members of society.

Graduation Requirement
Students are required to complete 10 hours of service each year for a total of 40 hours to graduate .  Each year that the hours meet the requirement an "S" for satisfactory will appear on his/her transcript.  If the hours are not completed a "U" for unsatisfactory will appear.

Students can complete more than 10 hours a year. However, the hours do not roll from year to year.  Therefore, a minimum of 10 hours must be submitted each year in compliance with the new guidelines and by the established deadlines.  If a student does not meet the 10 hour requirement, the following year the student must complete 20 hours in order to maintain an "S" for satisfactory on his/her transcripts.  Please see the full policy in the student handbook.

Last Friday in September: Documentation of service performed in the summer is due.

Friday before first semester exams begin: Documentation of service performed during the first semester is due.

First Friday in June: Documentation of service performed during the second semester is due.

** If  you would like for your volunteer organization to be added to the Suggested List,  please contact me  via email- .

Helpful Websites:

Teen Life:
Volunteer Match:


Reminders: All  SENIOR service hours are due to Mrs. Sosely by Friday, May 26th.

Underclassmen should submit hours by Friday, June  2nd.



The Arc of Somerset County is hosting their annual Step Up for the ARC Walk & 5K Run on Saturday morning, June 3, 2017 at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater. The Arc is  in need of student volunteers to assist with the on- site logistics or in helping to coordinate a group of walkers from Bernards High School.  Specifcally, volunteers are needed for walk/run route, water table, buddy walkers. To voluntteer or for more information, please contact: Laura Ziegler at 908-658-3805 or e-mail

RACE FOR THE CURE- Volunteers and Participants wanted- MAY 21, 2017

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the world’s largest and most successful fundraising and education event for breast cancer ever created. Your participation in this event helps us provide significant funds and bring awareness about breast cancer to our local community. Whether you walk, run, volunteer or donate, your support is helping us save lives and provide priceless support to those in need. Click here to register.

BIKE RIDE FOR AUTISM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS ! The  Bike Ride and Family Festival is being held this year at the Somerset Hills Learning Institute on Burnt Mills Road in Bedminster.   

We are recruiting for student volunteers that can help with set up on Friday, May 19th after school or on Saturday, May 20th for the event.  Set up will include putting out chairs and other similar tasks. At the event we need mature student volunteers that can help watch younger kids (both typically developing and with autism) in the children's activity area and additional volunteers to help set up and serve lunch during the buffet. All volunteers need to be 16 years or older.  Interested students should fill out an application at and click on the blue puzzle piece labeled "Volunteer".  

 Please e-mail Ms. McGuire, if i you have any questions, at

STREAM CLEAN UP TIME! APRIL 22, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to join the efforts of Morris, Somerset and Hunterdon County volunteers to help protect the waters in the north and south branch region of the Raritan River. If interested in helping, please contact Angela Gorczyca at 908-234-1852 ext. 315 or e-mail


St. Bernard’s Church Tutors meet with BMS students every Monday from 2:50-3:50 for mentoring and homework help at BMS. We are looking for Bernard’s HIgh School volunteers so we can reach more students in need. If you would like to spend an hour a week making a difference for a 5th-8th grader, please contact 

Elisabeth Fraser 908-766-5247, 908 759 9705 (cell) or Sue Smith 908 953 0301, 908 625 7453 (cell).  

NEW JERSEY CARES COAT DRIVE- NOVEMBER 14-DECEMBER 7- please consider donating a clean coat to someone in need this winter season. Drop off locations are in guidance and the main office of  the high school.


The Vanderveer House is hosting its annual Colonial Christmas event and is looking for volunteers to assist. If interested in helping with the multiple day event, please fill out the featured  form and send  it to Taryn Nie at


The Bernardsville Fire Department is looking for volunteers. If interested in becoming a part of the team, visit them at the firehouse on Monday nights from 7:00- 8:00 p.m. Also, you can go to, as well, to get more information about membership.


Attention all students:  The YMCA and St. Bernards Church are working together to hold tutoring sessions for K-8 students at St. Bernards Church. If interested, please contact  908- 766-7898 for more information and sign-ups.


There is an opportunity for seniors to earn volunteer hours by helping out with the Tricky Tray fundraiser on November 18, 2016. Every year, this community-wide event is hosted by the students and parents of the graduating class to benefit Project Graduation. We need a lot of help with this fun and fast-paced event. Student volunteers can sign up here.
You can also  Maureen Kelly at, if interested. or see Ms. Sosely for more information. There are plenty of positions to sign up for!


The Bernardsville Fire Company will be holding their annual haunted fire department fundraiser on Saturday, October 22, and are in need of volunteers t o play various scary parts in the event.  Please contact the department for more information. 

The  Bernardsville Chamber of Commerce, is looking for student help October 6, 

 5:30 to 9:00 at the Olde Mill Inn for a fundraiser.  If interested, please see Ms. Sosely for more information.


Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center 
36 South Street (on the side of Church of the Redeemer) 
Morristown, NJ 07960

1:00 PM Registration 
1:30 PM Start Time 
2:30 PM Refreshments and Music

The Hunger Walk is an annual fundraiser for the Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center in Morristown, NJ, that gathers over 1,000 walkers to recognize that hunger exists in our community and to take action against it. 

All funds contribute directly to the Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center's many services that address local hunger and poverty. 

Please join us by registering as a walker, contributing a general donation, or by sponsoring a walker. Our dedicated walkers show their support through fundraising and walking as part of a larger community committed to making a difference in the lives of local individuals and families.

Learn more about the Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center's many services by checking out the Our Vision and Story tab or by visiting 


You are invited to join the 2016-2017 Tutoring & Science Program. We are looking for students (grade 8-12) and adults to serve as Math and English tutors and Science mentors to elementary students from Neighborhood House, a community social service program located in Morristown that serves a diverse population. The 2016-2017 tutoring & science program will be led by experienced teachers using an enriched curriculum.

The 2015-2016 Tutoring Program at Neighborhood House was a huge success.  We doubled the number of students to 36 and tutors to 25.  Everyone had fun and everyone learned a lot!  The second to fourth grade students who faithfully attended each Saturday morning, the tutors from surrounding high schools, the program staff at Neighborhood House -- all shared good times as the the students improved in reading and math and learned about the Scientific Method by building and testing Balloon Racers and Sinking Ships!  This year we are adding an exciting robotic Creature Challenge sponsored by Lego for the older children.  We are looking for 8 special tutors to run the 4 science teams.

The tutoring & science program meets on Saturday mornings from 10:00 AM-12:00 noon from September 2016 through May 2017 (not on holidays or vacations). We understand that today's student is often engaged in sports, music or other activities that make a year-long commitment on Saturday mornings extremely difficult. The tutoring program has been structured so that conflicting obligations can be resolved with the help of substitute tutors or by a family “sharing” one child.

Very few volunteer opportunities available to high school students provide a chance to make a direct positive impact on a child's life. Tutoring not only provides a valuable service to the community, it is recognized universally as a commitment to the common good.

Please ACT NOW if you are interested in serving as a tutor and/or science mentor. Call Caroline Jacobus @ 973-543-6538 or

Last year's tutors not only gained the experience and joy of helping others, but were able to use this experience to satisfy community service requirements and as part of their resume in applying to colleges



Join the team and help those with special needs.... If you have an interest in working closely with staff and other volunteers to form a successful team to support riders and their families, then we have  the opportunity for you! Volunteerism can range from 1-5 hours a week during the 6-12 week sessions throughout the year, or you may volunteer for the summer camp as well. You can go to or call Sarah at 908-439-9636 x 204 for more information.