Overview of Student Life

Service Club

Service Club

The MBA Service Club is a student-run organization that seeks to extend the MBA community beyond the scope of the school. The group performs projects designed both to give back to the larger Nashville community and to help boys realize their own roles as leaders within our city and world.  We hope that over time MBA gentlemen will learn to appreciate their relationships with others across the sometimes limiting lines of race, ethnicity, economic status, and other group identifications and to experience the value of working together towards common good.

Congratulations to our 2021 Sophomore Service Leadership Interns!

Congratulations to our 2021 Sophomore Service Leadership Interns!

Connor Carr - Operation Stand Down  
Will Elrod - Preston Taylor Ministries
Travis Swafford - Room in the Inn (leftover from 2020)  
Harrison Zoller - Urban Housing Solutions
Henry Lee - W.O. Smith Music School  

These gentlemen will spend approximately six weeks working with their assigned organization, gaining skills and insight into the operation and leadership of a non-profit and learning more about our neighbors served by the organization.  Thanks to a generous donor who makes these internships possible.

2020-21 Service Club Projects

List of 25 frequently asked questions.

  • Best Buddies

    The mission of Best Buddies of Tennessee is "to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities."  This will be MBA's sixth school year working with Best Buddies to further this goal.  As we adapt to the parameters of the COVID-19 pandemic, please join us for weekly virtual events, virtual friendship walk, and other virtual or in person events through the year.  Watch the announcements and Service Club calendar for more information and more fun opportunities.
    For more information or to participate, please contact Michael Spellman ('21), Simon Buenahora ('22), Ian Dureli ('22), and Jack Spellman ('23), our student project managers.

    Faculty Sponsors: Ms. Catherine Hollifield, Mr. David Deutsch, Mr. Henderson Majors
  • Canine Companions for Independence

    This school year marks MBA's sixth year working with Canine Companions for Independence, a "non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships."  Join the fun as we work to support the group's mission of providing these dogs free of charge by participating in various activities on and off campus. Listen for announcements in assembly, and look at the Service Club calendar for more ways to help. Also, keep an eye out for puppies around the school!

    Students from all grades are invited to participate.

    If you have questions or want to help, contact Clay Crews ('21) or William Cook (‘22).

    Faculty Sponsors: Dr. Kasey Bray, Ms. Alison Flanagan
  • Cellophony

    Established by Hamilton Berry, class of 2003, Cellophony is a student run music concert supporting the W.O. Smith School of Music. The W.O. Smith School of Music’s mission is to provide anyone who wishes to learn music, regardless of price, the opportunity to do so. By showcasing the talent of the musicians here at MBA, we hope to spread the influence of our music in order to help children across Nashville open new doors into their own music. Cellophony originally started, as the name suggests, with cellos playing classical music, but has since expanded to a wide variety of differing genres of music. Through the growth of the show, the work and design for Cellophony has also developed immensely, now requiring a crew for setting the stage as well as for directing lights and audio. Keep an eye out for work dates as Cellophony draws nearer!

    For more information or to get involved contact Mauro Mastrapasqua ('21), Jason Zhu ('21), or  William Rogers ('21).

    Faculty Sponsors: Mr. Jordan Frederick and Mrs. Jan Pippin
  • Donate Life Tennessee: LifeSavers

    MBA’s partnership with Tennessee Donor Services helps raise awareness for people to apply to become organ donors.  Many people in MBA’s community have been affected by organ and tissue donations. Thus, MBA continues to help raise awareness for the meaningful and important act of becoming a registered organ donor.  Tennessee Donor Services is a group of professionals who help facilitate organ, eye, and tissue donations throughout the Middle Tennessee area. Donate Life Tennessee is the organ and tissue donor registry that people of Tennessee can join to help save lives. 
    For more information, please contact Michael Spellman (‘21) or Roman Urbanczyk ('22).

    Faculty Sponsors: Mrs. Caroline Scholer and Mrs. Annie B. Williams
  • Fannie Battle

    Fannie Battle Day Home for Children was established in 1891 and is the oldest child care center in the United States. The mission of Fannie Battle is "to provide affordable high-quality child care, for at-risk children in a nurturing environment while empowering families to reach their potential." In the past MBA has participated in the long-standing Nashville tradition of caroling for Fannie Battle during the holiday season. MBA students will spend an evening caroling and raising money for Fannie Battle, and then they will gather for a festive feast. 

    This is a project of the MBA choral programs.

    Student Project Manager, TBD
    Faculty Sponsor: Mr. Michael Colavita
  • Just.Glass

    The MBA Service Club is in the fifth year of our partnership with the Just.Glass recycling project of Justice Industries, a non-profit organization that builds self-sustaining businesses like Just.Glass to employ and empower people who are working hard to break free from the cycle of poverty.  By recruiting customers for Just.Glass, MBA helps Justice Industries give people good jobs helping our environment.  At the same time, by giving the MBA Service Club a portion of the recycling service fees paid by customers recruited by MBA, Justice Industries helps the Service Club raise funds to support our other projects.  RECYCLE your glass, BREAK the cycle of poverty, and support the MBA Service Club ... at the same time!

    To sign up for Just.Glass home glass recycling, click here.

    Students from all grades are invited to participate.

    For more information or to participate in our Just.Glass project, contact Cabe Tachek ('22).
    Faculty Sponsors: Mr. Tom Markham
  • Last Minute Toy Store

    Each of the past twenty-five years, The Last Minute Toy Store has distributed free toys and other gifts to thousands of low-income children and youth who live in Davidson County. Parents visit the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office Service Center over a long weekend in December and are taken "shopping" through the store with the assistance of a volunteer who carries their bag and helps them pick out suitable toys for their kids. MBA serves a truly vital role throughout these three days. Whether a shopping assistant, a translator for spanish-speaking families, or a bag-to-car carrier, students are essential for the store to run smoothly. MBA also supports the store during the setup and breakdown periods. The project runs from early in the morning to late in the afternoon and daily attendance is not required (any amount of days is great help). Lunch is provided every day and it's impossible not to meet handfuls of incredibly nice people- both volunteers and families coming to shop.  Stay tuned for 202o dates and hours!

    Students from all grades are invited to participate.

    If you have questions or are interested in participating, contact Matthew Thayer ('22).
    Faculty Sponsors: Mr. Ben Trotter, Mr. David Deutsch
  • Last Saturday Dinners

    Sponsored by Urban Housing Solutions, "Last Saturday Dinner" provides food at the end of the month with funds are low. MBA faculty and students plan, prepare and serve an elegant 3-course meal to Nashville's working poor.  According to Urban Housing Solutions Director Alan Mazer, "it is more than a meal being served to hungry people (which, by itself, would have been worthwhile).  It becomes an event." In addition, students take a brief tour of the Mercury Court housing facility.  That leads to discussions of volunteerism in general and the challenges of homelessness in particular. 

    Please note that the dinner this fall will likely have to be catered due to COVID.  We will possibly need volunteers to serve at a physical distance and with masks and gloves.  More to come.

    If you have questions or are interested in participating, contact Tuneer Ghosh ('21), Cooper Rzascnicki ('21) and Denton Sensing ('22).
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Ric Rader
  • Let's Play

    Language Education Through Sports (Let’s Play) is an organization that specializes in combining physical activity with English language lessons in order to level the playing field for underprivileged kids across the Nashville area. The MBA chapter opened in 2018, and we typically play soccer type games with the kids, but anyone is welcome. While the games are just a part of the fun, the most important takeaway is the relationships you establish with the kids. The majority of the kids are immigrants which provides an exciting opportunity to create a connection with a culture you may have never known before. The Let’s Play bus typically leaves right after school on Fridays, making it back to campus in time for the football games. 

    If you have any questions or want any additional information, email either Ben McSween (22’), Diego Escobar (22’), or Cooper Rzasnicki (21’).
    Faculty Sponsor: Jake Lawrence
  • Loaves and Fishes 

    One of MBA's oldest and most sacred service projects, Soup Kitchen (or what is now Loaves and Fishes) is held on the first Saturday of every month at Catholic Charities, behind the Holy Name Catholic Church. MBA students meet at 9 am at MBA and carpool downtown to the church where they prepare and serve a wonderfully crafted meal to the impoverished population of Nashville. Not only do students gain valuable culinary skills, but are also exposed to the poverty situation in Nashville.

    20 students per month may participate. Advance sign-up is required.

    Students from all grades are invited to participate.

    Please note that due to COVID we are having our Loaves & Fishes meals catered for the time being.  If you would like to donate to that cause, you may do so via VENMO.  Please email serviceclub@montgomerybell.edu to receive the link.  

    If you want to sign up or if you have questions, contact Stanford Thombs ('21), Andrew Bulgarino ('21) or Travis Swafford ('22).
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Ric Rader
  • MBA Parking

    To help offset the cost of MBA's many service projects, MBA charges a fee to park in the parking garage (Wilson Ave side of campus) during home football games. MBA students man the lot from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Proceeds go to the MBA Service Club.

    Students from all grades are invited to participate.

    Please note that due to COVID-19 and changes to the football season this year, this project will not occur.  We look forward to seeing you in 2021!  In the meantime, if you would like to donate to the MBA Service Club, visit our store at https://mba-service-club.square.site/

    If you have questions or want to participate, contact Roman Urbanczyk ('22) or Benedict Urbanczyk ('23).
    Faculty Sponsor: Mrs. Julia WIlk
  • Mending Hearts

    This is our second year of starting a community service relationship between MBA and Mending Hearts.  Their mission is to provide shelter, hope and healing to women who are homeless due to their addictions and/or co-occurring mental health disorders.  Mending Hearts was founded in 2004 by Katrina and Charlotte Frierson, who overcame their own personal struggles with addiction and homelessness and felt a calling to help other women in overcoming their addictions.  Their program, available to women for up to 2 years, provides the full continuum of care from medically monitored residential detox, Intensive Outpatient Program, Peer Support Community with transitional recovery housing, help with job placement and permanent housing, and ongoing peer support. It serves women who are indigent, low income or uninsured – women who often don’t qualify for or can’t afford addiction treatment at other facilities.  They have never turned away a woman in need based on her inability to pay for treatment. Service projects will include 4 various Saturday projects at their campus in the Nations throughout the year.
    Students in grades 9-12 are invited to participate.
    For questions or more information, contact Jack Kim (’22)
    Faculty Sponsors:  Mr. Dan Herring, Ms. Jane McMahon
  • More Than Pink Walk

    MBA's involvement with the Susan G. Komen Foundation's Race for the Cure has grown greatly over the past several years, and we hope to continue the enthusiasm in 2020.  By participating in what is now called "More Thank Pink Walk," students lead the efforts to raise awareness of breast cancer and of the mission of the foundation and to raise money through participation.

    Please note that COVID-19 has upended the traditional ways of participating.  More information will be added as we have it.

    The entire MBA community is invited to participate.  

    If you have questions, contact Alex Wang ('21) or Peyton Green ('21).
    Faculty Sponsors: Mr. Pat Killian and Mr. Leslie Sanderfur.

  • Nashville Food Project

    The Nashville Food Project has been “Bringing people together to grow, cook and share nourishing food, with the goals of cultivating community and alleviating hunger in our city.” This project was born with the goal of providing access to food for those who can not afford it in Nashville. The Nashville Food Project works as a mobile Loaves & Fishes, and with the help of volunteers and community groups like that of MBA, the non-profit is able to grow organic food in their community gardens; cook recovered, donated, and garden-grown food in their kitchens; and provide these made-from-scratch meals to those in need. 
    MBA serves with the Nashville Food Project on the third Saturday of each month from 12:00-2:30 p.m. at the River Chase Apartments. Because of coronavirus, MBA has not delivered since March but is now raising money to pay for meals as a substitute. MBA hopes to resume delivery as soon as possible, and students from the high school are invited to participate.

    To donate to Nashville Food Project, email serviceclub@montgomerybell.edu.
    If you have questions or are interested in participating, please contact Jack Keller (‘22) or Jack Cheek (‘22) 
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Ric Rader
  • Paragon Mills Tutoring Program

    Paragon Mills ESL Tutoring is a service project led and run by MBA's Hispanic Achievers. We have partnered with Paragon Mills Elementary to provide English classes to our adult immigrant community. Classes are offered every Monday from 7:00pm to 8:15pm during the school year. Last year we offered 7 English classes, ranging from beginner level to advanced, and these classes are all taught by volunteers from Hispanic Achievers and the Amigos Vanderbilt University. As an incentive to facilitate our adult students' participation in these free classes, we also offer enrichment courses for school-age children and free day care for children age 4 and under. Volunteers help teach the enrichment classes, while the smaller children are cared for by a licensed teacher from Paragon Mills elementary school. 
    Our main goals are to teach English and to establish relationships with the immigrant community. For Paragon Mills elementary, those parents who accept Paragon Mills as a safe place for them and their children, tend to become more involved with the school community and their children begin to experience more success. 

    Participation is limited to high school students.

    Please note that due to COVID-19 this project is suspended until further notice.  We are working hard to come up with other ways to meet the language needs of our Paragon Mills neighbors.
    For more information, contact Sam Meacham ('21), Tripp Chamblin ('21) or Ian Durelli ('22).
    Faculty Advisors: Daniel Paolicchi, Joy Victoria
  • Park Manor/Abe's Garden

    MBA has a powerful, rewarding connection with the elderly residing at Abe's Garden and Park Manor retirement homes. MBA musicians and singers perform a monthly medley of songs to residents of Abe's Garden (which is a senior home for patients with dementia) and Park Manor. Additionally at Park Manor, many elderly people enjoy playing board games and working puzzles during their activity period with MBA students. MBA students also volunteer on the Abe's Garden side of the project in a variety of ways with the residents who have Alzheimer's disease. The generational connection of MBA students with the elderly in our community is a win-win for both the young and the old. The residents appreciate the music and the companionship while reciprocally, the MBA boys enjoy the chance to make the day brighter for the seniors.

    For more information, musicians contact C.H. Henry (’21), games contact Joseph Bellardo (’21).

    Faculty Sponsors: Dr. Cal Fuller, Ms. Nikki Wilson
  • Past Preservers

    Past Preservers (History Service Club)-- organize and participate in service projects at historic sites such as Glen Leven, Fort Negley, Shy’s Hill, Trail of Tears sites, etc. While service is the focus of this group, these projects, typically on Saturday mornings into early afternoon, will often also involve hands-on learning and exploration of historic sites

    Students from all grades are invited to participate.

    If you have questions or are interested in participating, contact Charlie Kost ('22) or Jack McMillen ('22).
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Clay Bailey
  • Rally Foundation

    Details are coming!  Please hold tight as we work to modify our plans in light of COVID-19.  

    For more information, contact Charlie Mason ('21) or Ryan Schmadtke  ('22).
    Facutly Sponsor: Ms. Camille Hackney
  • Richland Creek Run

    MBA, through the Service Club, sponsors and participates in the annual Richland Creek Run, benefiting "Greenways for Nashville, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the creation, protection, preservation, and promotion of Nashville greenways." MBA students help assemble race packets in the week before the event and work in various capacities on race day. 

    All grades are invited to participate.

    For more information, please contact John Powers ('21).
    Faculty Sponsors: Dr. Cal Fuller and Mr. Chris Smith
  • Saturday Scholars

    This tutoring program primarily in East Nashville started in 2019, with MBA boys visiting the East Park Community Center one Saturday a month.  With great reviews and at the request of local families, we extended our tutoring sessions to twice a month.  After the tornado and the rise of COVID-19, we again altered this program to fit the needs of the community, going totally virtual in our partnership with the students of East Nashville.  The program continues to evolve and now involves weekly one-on-one online tutoring and enrichment sessions with students from a variety of East Nashville schools.

    Students from East Nashville schools are invited to join us every Saturday from 9:30-10:30 am.  During the times of COVID-19, all Saturday Scholars sessions will be remote.

    This is a free service to our community.  There is no charge.

    For more information or to sign up as a tutor, contact Eman Barrett ('21), William Hagerty ('22) or Paul McGinn ('22).
    Faculty Sponsor: Mrs. Caroline Scholer

    You may also visit our Community Education page for all of the details.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank

    MBA's partnership with Second Harvest has been going strong for many years and promises only to grow stronger this year. Students can participate in this project in two key ways. During Homecoming Week, the Mother's Club, the Student Council and the Service Club will work jointly to collect food for the food bank, the center of the Second Harvest mission of "feed[ing] hungry people and work[ing] to solve hunger issues in our community." 

    Students will also work at Second Harvest to sort donated items.  The first session is scheduled for Saturday, October 24.  Please note that this participation depends on proper COVID-19 safety measures.  Physical distancing, mask wearing and other measures will be in place.

    All grades are invited to participate.

    If you have questions or want to participate, contact Simon Cian ('23) or Andy Nunn ('23).
    Faculty Sponsor: Ms. Sarah Ellery
  • Task Force Dagger

    More information to come soon!  Plans are being made to continue this project during the times of COVID-19.

    Student Project Manager: Colyer Dale and Jed Neal, both from the Class of 2021.
    Faculty Sponsor: Ms. Annie B. Williams
  • Thistle Farms

    Thistle Farms is an extraordinary organization that helps women who survived prostitution, trafficking, and addiction.  Started back in 1997,Thistle Farms offers residential services to women in need.  During their stay, women are educated and trained to live a life of their own.  Annually, MBA has a faculty vs. senior basketball game in which students will make pledges for specific activities to happen during the game.  All proceeds go straight to Thistle Farms.  Additionally, Mrs. Maddux's advisory sponsors an annual Mother's Day sale of Thistle Farms Products.  Please your mom and help others at the same time!  More details to come in the spring.  

    All grades are invited to participates.

    If you have questions or want more information, contact Wiley Buenahora ('23).
    Faculty Sponsors: Mr. Kevin Anglin and Mrs. Ginny Maddux
  • UniCycle

    Details are coming soon!  Please hold tight as we work to modify this project for the times of COVID-19.

    For more information contact Carter Gold ('22).
    Faculty Sponsors: Dr. Tom Cirillo and Mr. Matt Kimball
  • Vanderbilt Children's Hospital Dance Marathon

    Dance Marathon is a movement uniting university and high school students across North America. Students spend a year gaining leadership, teamwork and business experience while raising funds and awareness for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The year culminates with a 4 - 24 hour event (the dance marathon) on each campus where students get to meet patient families treated at their local hospital, participate in games and dancing, enjoy entertainment, and reveal their annual fundraising total.  MBA will host our dance marathon on January 24, 2020.
    Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt is one of the nation's leading children's hospitals, treating and helping to prevent a full range of pediatric health issues from colds and broken bones to complex heart diseases and cancer. Achieving 10 out of 10 nationally ranked pediatric specialties in 2019, Children’s Hospital was again named among the nation’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” for the 13th consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report.

    Children's Hospital, a nonprofit organization, opened in 2004, expanded its physical space in 2012, and is currently adding four new floors and 160,000 total sq. ft. The new expansion will help advance the size and scope of the hospital's mission. For more about Children’s Hospital, visit ChildrensHospitalVanderbilt.org  

    For more information contact Stanford Thombs (‘21) or Parker Davis ('22).
    Faculty Sponsors: Miss Amanda Dreher, Mrs. Jamie O'Neal

Service Club Officers 2021-2022

Congratulations to our new Service Club Officers for the 2021-22 school year!

President: Jack Kim
Vice-President: Ian Durelli
Secretary: Darin Hall
Treasurer: Ryan Schmadtke

And thanks goes to our graduating senior officers, Cooper Rzasnicki, C.H. Henry, William Rogers and Charlie Mason, as well as our 2020-21 club photographer, Darin Hall!

Faculty Sponsor: Ms. Annie B. Williams 
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Ric Rader
Junior School Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Tom Cirillo

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