Charity Leads to Perfection
In order to encourage students to fully live out the school motto of Charity Leads to Perfection, each student is required to participate in the Christian Service Program. Archbishop Hannan High School seeks to provide every opportunity possible to foster growth in Christian love and charity. We consider the service program an ideal way to help students experience the true joy and peace that comes from living a life centered in Christ. Supervised by the Director Campus Ministry, the program complements the academic experience by providing opportunities for students to put into practice the theology and faith they spend many hours studying. Each year students volunteer at particular service sites such as nursing homes, hospitals, soup kitchens, and schools in an effort to reflectively live out what all are commanded to do as Christians.
Christian Service Requirements
- Students in 8th, 9th, & 10th grades must complete a total of 10 hours per year, with 5 hours required per semester.
- Students in 11th & 12th grades must complete a total of 20 hours per year, with 10 hours required per semester.
- Hours may be completed during the summer prior to the current school year.
- Hours may roll over from first semester to second semester, but will NOT roll over from year to year (ex. you may perform all/some of the second semester requirement during the first semester or summer prior to the current school year, but extra hours performed during the second semester will NOT carry over to first semester of the following year)
Students must meet the required number of Christian Service hours each semester in order to be eligible for extracurricular activities. If seniors do not complete their required hours, they will not be able to participate in the graduation activities. Underclassmen who do not complete their service hours will be placed on academic probation for the following school year.
Christian Service Opportunities
The Director of Campus Ministry will arrange and coordinate numerous service opportunities, but it will be the students’ responsibility to select opportunities, complete the hours and turn in the paperwork verifying completion. Students are strongly encouraged to perform their service hours with those people who are in need or disadvantaged, however, hours may also be completed by volunteering at approved community events.
A list of approved events/agencies will be posted on the Christian Service Program bulletin board in the cafeteria throughout the year. All service opportunities not listed must be approved by the Director of Campus Ministry prior to performing hours.
Approved Service Locales
- Soup kitchens
- Nursing homes/assisted living facilities
- Tutoring underprivileged children
- Food banks
- Homeless shelters
- Habitat for Humanity
- Special Olympics
- Crisis pregnancy center
- Church/school/community fairs (must be approved)
Examples of unacceptable service:
- Any activity where monetary compensation is received
- Volunteering at Hannan (Open House, athletic camps, helping teachers, etc.)
- Babysitting in any form (school, Church, family, friends, etc.)
- Any activity that would be expected of you as a member of a family (visiting Grandma in a nursing home, etc.)
- Serving at Mass (altar server, choir, etc.) This is not considered service because it is our obligation as Catholics to fully and actively participate in the Sacramental life of the Church.