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Bolles Make a Difference Day Provides Lessons in Service
hope haven group


The Bolles Class of 2025 experienced firsthand the hard work and satisfaction of servant leadership during Bolles’ annual Make a Difference Day on October 13. Students went out into the community in small groups to work with more than a dozen local nonprofit agencies.

The day helped familiarize students with the many opportunities for volunteerism in Northeast Florida and gave them new perspective on community need.

Students traveled to the following nonprofit organizations and centers:

  • Angels for Allison
  • Angelwood
  • Catholic Charities
  • Celestial Farms
  • City Rescue Mission
  • Hope Haven
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Mandarin Museum
  • MARC at Chets Creek
  • Naval Air Station Jacksonville
  • North Florida School for Special Education
  • Pine Castle
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Sanctuary on 8th Street
  • St. Johns Riverkeeper
  • Woodland Acres

Following lunch, freshmen joined sophomore students for training in CPR and “Stop the Bleed,” a lesson on making tourniquets -- a life skill that cannot only improve someone's life but save it. History teacher Joe Tepas, who helped demonstrate some of the afternoon activities, also was a special focus of the afternoon. His deceased father, Dr. Joseph Tepas, started the Stop the Bleed program. This is the first time students at Bolles have been trained in the program. Head of School Tyler Hodges shared the connection with students during a short afternoon presentation.

For a collection of photos from the day in large, downloadable sizes visit our online gallery. We are updating it through the day with photos from each volunteer site.