Community Service Learning - The Basics
Every year our students extend their learning beyond the classroom to complete hundreds of hours of community service. From volunteering at community events to mentoring local youth to building houses for homeless families in Mexico to distributing food to the less fortunate, students immerse themselves in endless opportunities to make the world a better place.
The Value of Community Service.
Community service can be extremly rewarding and can go a long way toward helping students not only make an impact on their community, but also learn more about what they are passionate about. Community service stimulates personal growth, benefits schools and communities and even enhances college and scholarship applications.
Does Community Service Matter In the College Admissions Process? Yes, community service can certainly have an impact on a college application. Colleges care about what students are doing outside of the classroom just as much as what they accomplish inside. While grades are still the most important metric when evaluating college applications, high grades are not enough to gain admission. Colleges want to see students engaging in activities outside of the classroom and making an impact in their local community. One way to do that is through community service. Community service can be a tipping factor when making college admissions decisions, and can almost be a "tie-breaker" between applicants who are equally qualified. Admissions officers value community service because it shows that students likely share the school's values and will contribute to the school's mission. It's a win win for the student and for the school. Community service shows more of who you are as a student and citizen, and helps to demonstrate why you're a good fit for the schools to which they are applying.
How Do I Account For My Hours? It is the students' responsibility to pick up a Service Learning contract from the College & Career Center before the scheduled service is to be performed. The contract must be completed & signed by the supervisor, at the time of service. Students and their parents/guardian must also sign the form. If you fail to turn in your completed form to Mrs. McMurray, in the college and career center, you will not be credited your hours. Be sure to turn in your hours as you go.
Awards & Recognition: Honor Cords are awarded to seniors that have completed 100 or more hours throughout their four years of high school. These cords are to honor and recognize students for their dedication to our community, and are to be warn during the graduation ceremony. Honor cords are generally distributed during our Senior Awards Assembly in May.
The Outstanding Community Service Learning Award is given to a senior student who has given countless hours to their community by helping others. This award goes to the student with the most community service hours.
The Spirit of Community Service Learning Award is given to a senior student that has the pure desire to help others who are less fortunate. They generally have taken on a project or a series of projects and have seen it/them through. Their volunteer work has had a positive impact on our community. Both of these awards are given out at our Senior Awards Night in May.