Service Learning Student Volunteer Program
The purpose of the Service Learning Graduation Requirement and the Student Volunteer Service Program is to acquaint high school students with the need to provide 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 campuses.
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 exactly 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).
*During e-learning: Ms. Christine Siwek will accept forms electronically - Please click Staff Directory for e-mail. Please allow time for processing.
**During e-learning: For Part D of Approval Form, E-mail Ms. Siwek the Agency information for Pre-approval to determine if they are eligible per BCPS guidelines, and if it's an approved agency she will sign actual Approval Form after it's turned in.
Service Learning Graduation Requirement
All students seeking a Standard High School Diploma are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service. The Bright Futures Florida Medallion Scholars Award requires 75 hours of volunteer service. The Bright Futures Florida Academic Scholars Award requires 100 hours of volunteer service. Students completing 250 or more hours will receive a silver cord at graduation. It is recommended that students turn in hours as they complete them per grade level. Hours are due to school coordinator before April 1st of a students last year of high school. We suggest that students keep a copy of their hours for their own records and verification.
COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS - What does and doesn't count!
- Volunteer hours may be earned within the school, community or for any non-profit or charitable organization.
- Students may not perform hours for any “for profit” businesses such as doctors, attorneys, stores, or restaurants.
- Hours do not count if you have been financially compensated.
- Time out of class may not be used for service hours.
- A parent or fellow student cannot sign off on service hours performed.
- Service hours performed as a result of disciplinary action for the school or courts do not count.
- Hours do not count at for-profit summer camps.
Submit forms to your Service Learning Coordinator before school (7am-7:30am) or after school (2:30pm-3pm)
CCHS Service Learning Coordinator
All Grade Levels -- Mrs. Siwek, located in Guidance/BRACE DepartmentVolunteer Opportunities