At Williamson high school, students must complete at least 20 hours of community service in order to graduate.
Listed below are some of the details of this requirement:
- Students can begin accounting for community service hours after the first day of 9th grade.
- A portion of community service activities must be completed outside of regularly scheduled class time.
- In order to participate in community service opportunities during the school day, students must meet academic and behavior requirements.
- Students cannot be paid for services.
- Community service must be performed at a minimum of two sites.
- The event cannot be related to a school fundraiser (one that benefits your personal account) or academic activity (one that is required by a class).
- The service cannot benefit an immediate family member.
- Students must complete community service form in full in order to earn credit for hours completed. This includes:
- Description of activities
- Student reflection
- Proper signatures
- Amount of hours
- Contact information from site contact
- Form must be handed to the Vice Principal before the end of the semester in which the service was completed.
- Transportation will be the responsibility of the student, unless it is a school activity.
- Students must exhibit good behavior while on site and abide by the District Code of Conduct.
- Students must have 20 hours completed by February 15 of their senior year.
Tips for completing community service
- This graduation requirement seems a little frightening, but with proper planning it can be accomplished and might even be fun!
- Start during your freshman year! Don’t procrastinate
- Manage your time efficiently. If you get 5 hours done every school year, the requirement seems a lot less overwhelming!
- Despite this previous fact, it is much easier on you if you complete all 20 hours before your senior year. Senioritis might keep you from finishing if you wait too long.
- Take advantage of opportunities that the school gives you.
- Take advantage of weekends and long breaks where you have nothing to do! If you complete community service in during the summer, make sure that you get pre-approved by the principal/vice principal. These individuals are still in the main office during the summer months so just stop in! Complete five hours for Thanksgiving, Christmas, February and Spring break and get all of your hours done in one year!
- Make sure that you get the signature from the contact person when you go! You don’t want to have to hunt them down later.
- Get some friends to volunteer with you! Walking dogs for the Humane Society, cleaning up the park or bell ringing for the Salvation Army is a lot more fun when you have friends with you!
- Some of the places on this list require big time commitments. That's okay! When you commit a few hours a week for the span of a year or less, it can actually help you get the majority of your hours done in one place! Less paperwork!
- Colleges LOVE to see community service on your résumé when you apply. Keep that in consideration when you're nervous about taking on a big service commitment!
*The places on this website are all pre-approved by the vice principal as places to go to meet this requirement. If you have another place in mind and it is not on this list, make sure that you get it pre-approved before going!