Service-Learning Student Volunteer Program

  • The Service Learning Graduation Requirement and the Student Volunteer Service Program are to acquaint high school students with the need to provide service to their school and the community.

    Service Learning is an educational method by which participants learn and develop through active participation in service that is conducted in and meets the needs of a community. Service learning is coordinated with a school or community service program and the community. It is integrated into and influences the lifelong learning of a participant and includes structured time for the participants to reflect on the service experience.

    Service learning teaches civic participation skills and develops an ethic of service and civic responsibility. Students can provide service in the community voluntarily to the public, nonprofit agencies, civic, charitable, and governmental organizations, and school campuses.

    The Service Learning and Volunteer Service Program is divided into three tiers: 

    • Tier I Service Learning Hours are required for graduation.
    • Tier II Service hours are required to meet Bright Futures Initial Eligibility Requirements.
    • Tier III Volunteer Service Hours are required to earn a silver cord at graduation. 

    The Service Learning Graduation Requirement

    The School Board has incorporated Service Learning and volunteer service into the high school graduation requirements. Any student who wishes to earn a standard diploma must meet the graduation requirement of 40 documented hours in the Student Volunteer Service Program. The links provided will allow access to the rules governing precisely what will be accepted as service learning/volunteer service hours and what won't, the log sheets necessary to document hours, and the Service Application and Approval Form (used when a student is not performing a service as part of a school-sponsored organization).

    Where to turn in Service-Learning Hours documents?

    • ALL original copies of the Service-Learning Hours documents should be turned in to the 9th-11th-grade School Counseling Office.
    • You only need one Service-Learning Hours Application on file.
    • Always make a copy of all documents for yourself before turning them in.
    • Please see your grade-level school counselor if you have questions or concerns about Service-Learning Hours.
    • Copies are available for you in the 9th-11th-grade School Counseling Office if needed.
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