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.

Year in Review

2019/20 Service Club Projects

List of 26 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 fifth school year working with Best Buddies to further this goal.  The year will continue with our Friendsgiving, Ambassador Training, Best Buddies Prom and a variety of other activities, and for the first time MBA will be hosting the Friendship Walk on campus.  Watch the announcements and Service Club calendar for more information and more fun opportunities.

    Students from all grades are invited to participate.

    To get involved or to learn more, contact Joe Lucas ('20), Spencer Grohovsky ('20), Michael Spellman ('21) or Simon Buenahora ('22).
    Faculty Sponsors: Ms. Catherine Hollifield, Mr. David Deutsch, Mr. Henderson Majors

    Students who participate in Best Buddies through MBA need to register as a volunteer through Best Buddies.  To do so, click here https://www.bestbuddiesonline.org/Instructions.aspx?t=2.
  • Canine Companions for Independence

    This school year marks MBA's fifth 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).
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Bray and Mr. Swett
  • 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 Jason Zhu ('21), John Thornton ('20) 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 Pete Rowlett (‘20).
    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

    For more information contact Don Pierce ('22).
    Faculty Sponsor: Mr. Matt Smyth
  • Fort Negley

    Fort Negley is a historic site dating back from the Civil War. Located next to present day Greer Stadium, the fort was the largest inland fort built during the Civil War, though it saw little combat. The Fort Negley service project entails restoration of the site’s grounds. It will offer students the ability to partake in the beauty of Fort Negley, to help the community of greater Nashville, and to learn some history of Union-controlled Nashville. This project is distinct in being one of the few at MBA that entails mainly physical labor.  Watch the calendar and announcements for upcoming work dates.

    Students from all grades are invited to participate.

    If you have questions or are interested in participating, contact Clay Overholt ('20).
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Clay Bailey
  • Glen Leven

    The Glen Leven project is a volunteer effort that benefits the history farm of Glen Leven off of Franklin Road.  MBA students help to maintain and improve the grounds and historic house at the farm while learning about the history of Tennessee and the South. Glen Leven is unique in that it is one of the few physical labor intensive projects at MBA. Watch the calendar and announcements for upcoming work dates.

    Students from all grades are invited to participate.

    If you have questions or are interested in participating, contact Clay Overholt ('20).
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Clay Bailey
  • Just.Glass

    The MBA Service Club is in the second 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 Cole Williamson ('20).
    Faculty Sponsors: Mr. Tom Markham, Dr. Ric Rader
  • 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 2019 dates and hours!

    Students from all grades are invited to participate.

    If you have questions or are interested in participating, contact Pete Rowlett ('20).
    Faculty Sponsor: Mr. Ben Trotter
  • 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. 

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

    Information coming soon!
  • Loaves and Fishes (Soup Kitchen)

    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.

    If you want to sign up or if you have questions, contact Marcus Le ('20) , Mickey Kelly ('20) or Stanford Thombs ('21).
    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.

    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 first 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 William Sullivan (’20)
    Faculty Sponsors:  Mr. Herring, Ms. McMahon and Ms. Williams
  • Nashville Food Project

    Info to follow soon!
  • 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.
    For more information, contact Pete Rowlett, William Lummus or John Wallace (all class of '20).
    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. 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
  • Race for the Cure

    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 2019.  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 in the Race for the Cure, which will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019.  Join us this fall as we work together with Harpeth Hall to have the best team showing yet!

    The entire MBA community is invited to participate.  There will be a special service mixer for Junior School students with HH!

    If you have questions, contact Turner Stevens ('20), Hedges Hayworth ('20) or Alex Wang ('21).
    Faculty Sponsors: Mr. Pat Killian and Mr. Leslie Sanderfur.

  • Rally Foundation 

    Details are coming!

    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.

    Faculty Sponsors: Dr. Cal Fuller and Mr. Chris Smith
  • 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." 

    All grades are invited to participate.

    If you have questions or want to participate, contact Gaits Buntin ('22).
    Faculty Sponsor: Ms. Sarah Ellery
  • Task Force Dagger

    More information to come soon!

  • 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 Gaits Buntin ('22).
    Faculty Sponsors: Mr. Kevin Anglin and Mrs. Ginny Maddux
  • UniCycle

    Details are coming soon!

    For more information contact Turner Stevens or Steven Mason (both class of '20).
    Faculty Sponsors: Dr. Tom Cirillo and Ms. Annie B. Williams
  • 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:ChildrensHospitalVanderbilt.org  

    For more information contact Sims Lance (‘20) or Stanford Thombs (‘21).

    Faculty Sponsor: Miss Amanda Dreher
    • 2020-2021 Service Club Officers

Congratulations to Our New Service Club Officers

President: Cooper Rzasnicki
Vice-Preseident: C.H. Henry
Secretary: William Rogers
Treasurer: Charlie Mason

Faculty Sponsor: Ms. Annie B. Williams 
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Ric Rader

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