PBDA students are taught to understand that their good fortune comes with the expectation that they take action to improve the circumstances of others. Our school contributes thousands of hours of service to the community annually.
Through Bulldog Outreach, our community-service program, students benefit not only from their personal involvement but also from their association with an institution that holds community service among its highest values. But most importantly, it gives students an understanding that, as citizens of a community, they have a responsibility to make a positive contribution. The core of the program’s philosophy emphasizes personal service over fund-raising or simple donations.
PBDA’s Bulldog Outreach program provides genuine assistance to real people in need, and it serves as a means for students to acquire the service hours required for admission to many secondary schools.
Who We Work With
As part of our Bulldog Outreach program, PBDA students across both campuses have partnered with the following local organizations during the ’19-’20 school year:
On Lower Campus, students conduct drives for used books, used clothing and used Halloween costumes. They participate in a Read-a-Thon to buy sneakers for children of migrant workers, with whom they eat breakfast at E.R. Bradley’s twice a year. Students work together each Thanksgiving to participate in the campus-wide Thanksgiving Project, donating ingredients to local families in need to create their own holiday meals.
By the time PBDA students graduate to Upper Campus, they’ve already made substantial contributions to their community and experienced the satisfaction of service.
Upper Campus students are required to participate in a certain number of community service hours per trimester. Hours vary by grade and may be earned both through school-sanctioned events and non-school sanctioned events. Each month, students who demonstrate qualities of selflessness and are involved in their communities can be nominated by their teachers for the “Service Above Self” award.
Bulldog Outreach opportunities to date for the ’19-’20 school year have included a Hurricane Dorian Drive, a beach clean-up, Community Greening tree planting, creating and packing Forgotten Soldiers care packages for active-duty soldiers, and more.