The program is designed to sensitize students to the needs of others in their communities—especially children, the elderly, the disadvantaged, the poor, and the handicapped. Through their volunteer efforts, students will have to opportunity to spiritually mature as they learn that serving others is at the heart of the Gospel. By serving others, we emulate Christ, whose own ministry was one of service to others. Performing community service is central to our school’s mission, and it contributes to the student’s formation as the Faithful Man.
All grade levels are required to do 20 hours for the year. Five hours are due each quarter. You may do more than the minimum for any quarter. Any hours over the requirement for a given marking period will be applied to the next marking period(s). Any hours done during the school year will count for that school year only. You may include service hours done over the preceding summer, starting with the day after the last day of school. All students must have completed a 4-year total of 80 hours of service by the fourth quarter deadline of their senior year (transfer students will be pro-rated). Failure to meet your yearly requirements on all grade levels will result in the loss of the following privileges: dances, dress-down days, Pride Week activities, and Catholic Schools Week activities. Seniors who do not have a cumulative total of 80 hours of service with not receive their cap and gown, and they will not be allowed to attend the prom until their hours are complete.
Community service hours are a graduation requirement. They will count as 10% of your Theology class grade. There is a five-point deduction for each school day that paperwork is late. Falsified hours receive a zero.
Documenting Your Hours:
All students must submit a signed Policies Agreement Form (see last page). Students should fill out a separate Documentation Form for each organization they serve. Multiple dates/times done at one site should be put on the same form. Paperwork must be neat and legible. Students may not sign off on anyone’s service hours. If you have a letter from your organization, you still have to fill out the front side of the Documentation Form. Letters must be signed, on the organization’s letterhead, have its seal, or be accompanied by a business card.
Completed forms are to be given to your Theology teacher. Deadlines for all paperwork are as follows:
Summer 2019 Service Hours: Friday, September 27
Documentation for service hours done during the summer will not be accepted after this time. There is no legitimate reason for summer hours to be submitted past this deadline.
Policies Agreement Form: Friday, September 20, 2019
A failure to submit this form will result in an Incomplete on your report card until the form is turned in.
1st Marking Period: Thursday, October 24, 2019 (all grade levels)
2nd Marking Period: Thursday, January 9, 2020 (all grade levels)
3rd Marking Period: Thursday, March 12, 2020 (all grade levels)
4th Marking Period: Thursday, June 4, 2020 / SENIORS: Thursday, April 23, 2020
Students must provide a supervisor e-mail address that is readily identifiable as one coming from an established organization, such as the e-mail address he or she uses at the agency where or through which you did your service. A supervisor’s private e-mail address should not be used. For example, an e-mail address like email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com is acceptable whereas something like firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com is not acceptable. In those rare instances when your supervisor does not have an e-mail address at his/her organization (for example, an adult volunteer at your parish), see your Theology teacher about it before submitting documentation.
On your Documentation Form, fill in ALL of the requested information. Do not leave spaces blank. More information is always better than less. Don’t assume your teacher knows the details for an event you simply list as “tournament” or “5K run” or “food drive.” What kind of tournament was it and what age levels were involved? For what charity was the 5K run done? For what agency was the food drive conducted? Incomplete forms will delay the processing of your submission, and if you miss a deadline because your forms are not filled out properly, you are responsible. Provide sufficient information for us to process your paperwork.
Non-Qualifying Service:The following types of work do not count as service hours: SJR’s summer camp programs; any work for which you receive payment or remuneration; helping any for-profit business (even doctors, unless they are sponsoring a free clinic or charitable event); coaching anyone enrolled in a for-profit agency (local recreation leagues are okay); tutoring or mentoring; child care for a relative or neighbor (e.g., babysitting); helping political organizations (unless they are sponsoring a charitable event that helps the whole community); helping neighbors with any work they can do themselves and/or afford to pay someone to do it; helping a relative “at the office”; and helping students older than 6th grade. For the handicapped, any grade level is acceptable. Your service must benefit the community at large, the elderly, the poor, the handicapped, children, or disadvantaged people. Doing something “for free” does not automatically qualify it as community service. It is your responsibility to know what kind of service counts. When in doubt, ask.