Community Service Hours

  • Community Service Coordinators

    Michelle Velez (754) 322-2324
    Migdalia Vasquez (754) 322-2327

    Service hours will be collected daily in the Guidance Corner in the cafeteria during lunch and after school until 3pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the Guidance Office.
    Students must have the original and a copy in order to turn in service hours.

    Service Hours Page
    Community service has long been an important part of student life at Taravella High School. Our students have devoted hundreds of thousands of hours of their time and energy to worthwhile community projects.The School Board of Broward County has made community service (Service Learning) a requirement for graduation.

    Students receiving a standard diploma must complete 40 hours of approved service. Students applying for the three Florida Bright Futures Scholarships have different service hour requirements; check with Ms. Gitten, BRACE advisor, for details.  Students who complete 250 hours of approved service are eligible to wear the silver cord at graduation.

    Where can I perform my service?
    You can serve at almost any non-profit agency or organization; public parks, libraries, hospitals, schools, churches or charities are typically acceptable. A pamphlet, "The Service Learning Graduation Requirement and the Student Volunteer Service Program," is available in the guidance office and will answer many of your questions regarding acceptable types of service. In addition, the Digital Bulletin regularly lists volunteer/service opportunities. Hundreds of service opportunities are available at Volunteer Broward's web site It is also a good idea to review the Broward Schools student volunteer policies and guidelines which are available here: Volunteer Policies and Guidelines

    How do I keep track of my service hours?
    You should record your service hours on a Volunteer Hours Log Sheet which you can download from this page. Take your log sheet with you every time you earn service hours; record the date, time and activity and have your agency supervisor/contact person sign it. When your record totals 40 hours you have satisfied the graduation requirement. You will also use the Volunteer Hours Log Sheet for any hours beyond the first 40. When you submit service hours as a volunteer, you must also present your signed copy of your application/approval form. Application/approval forms are not required for school-sponsored activities.

    Where do I turn in my completed "Service Learning Record?"

    Where can I get more information about Volunteer Service?