Service Learning Information, Forms and Opportunities
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The purpose of the Service Learning Graduation Requirement and the Student Volunteer Service Program is to acquaint high school students with the need to become participating agents of change by providing service to both their school and community.
Service Learning is defined as:
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 with 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 the skills of civil participation and develops an ethic of service and civic responsibility. Students can provide service in the community on a voluntary basis to public, nonprofit agencies, civic, charitable and governmental organizations and school campus.
Service Learning and Volunteer Service Program is divided into three tiers.
Tier I Service Learning Hours required for graduation.
Tier II Service Learning and Volunteer Service Hours required to qualify for the Florida Academic Scholars Program (one of the Bright Futures Scholarships).
Tier III Volunteer Service Hours required earn a silver cord at graduation.
Community Service Application and Approval Forms
This form is available from the Student Volunteer Service Program Coordinator and must be filled out completely and submitted prior to undertaking any service that is not connected with a school recognized club or organization. A student does not need this form if he/she is participating in a service activity undertaken by a school-sponsored club, class or organization of which he/she is a member. Please note, however that not all projects undertaken by school clubs and organizations count for service hours. The community service Application and Approval Form must be turned in ten days prior to undertaking the project.