What are community service projects?
Community service projects are defined as well planned, organized, and on a voluntary effort to address a specific need in the community (i.e. giving food to the poor, tutoring students for free, and volunteering in an after-school care program). Meaningful community service projects require an ongoing commitment on the behalf of the student.
Where can a student do his or her community service project?
Students must select a location from the “Community Service Project Placement Information”. School personnel may assist a student in selecting a community service project; it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to select a meaningful project after consultation with the parent/guardian.
Can a student do their hours at another location not listed on the "Community Service Project Placement Information"?
Yes, but it has to be at a non-for-profit organization and they must provide the tax id number of the organization.
When may a student complete his/her community service project?
Students may complete the community service project any time between ninth and the first semester of their twelfth grade. If the community service project is not completed by the first semester in the twelfth grade, the student may be held back from all senior activities.
May students complete the requirements at a school or must the project be done in the community?
Students may fulfill the community service project at a school or in the community. If a student chooses to complete a school site project, the project must not be performed within the context of a regular school course in which they are receiving credit or during school hours.
May students work on several small projects or are they required to work on one project exclusively?
Either option is acceptable.
How many hours of service must be completed in order for students to receive credit for the community service project?
There is a minimum of eighty hours in order to fulfill the graduation requirement, but the student has the option to do more. If a student is working toward a Florida Academic Scholarship or for the Superintendent’s Diploma of Distinction he/she must complete a minimum of seventy-five hours.
How can the student monitor and record the hours of the community service project?
The student must have the “Community Service Project Forms” filled out completely. If the student receives a certification or an acknowledgement letter, he/she must attach it to the forms, but it has to show proof of how many hours were completed.
What documentation is needed for a student to demonstrate they have completed the community service project?
All students are required to complete the Community Service Project forms found on the school website.
Who does the student turn in the Community Service Project to once it is completed?
The student needs to present the project to his/her Social Studies teacher first and then when the teacher approves and signs off on the entire project the student is to turn it in to the school counselor.