In the State College Area School District there is a graduation requirement of 20 hours of community service for every student. In our school and community, we value and encourage service to others, so it is very possible that you have been involved in doing community service for years. Your twenty hours of service for graduation must be done during your four years of high school.
You may be looking for ideas on how to serve the community. If so, we have provided some Opportunities for you to consider. This list is a starting point, and you are not limited to volunteering strictly with these organizations. For your convenience, please see the Opportunities link on the left side bar.
Community service must meet the following guidelines to fulfill graduation requirements:Guidelines
*You may not be paid for your service.
*There must not be any type of direct benefit to the student or student’s immediate family, esp. in the case of a family business which earns a profit.
*Parent signatures as supervisor will NOT be accepted.
*Extended family signatures will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
*This activity must promote positive change or benefit in a wider community, ie. the benefit may not just be to the student themselves (like job “shadowing”)
* Curricular areas will not count for community service unless agreed upon in advance.
*Membership in a club, group, or community organization does NOT, in and of itself, count as community service. Only hours spent in direct service to a wider community may be counted. (For example, hours spent as a team manager will not toward community service hours. Only the hours delivering the community event will count, practice or prep time for that event will not).
*Community Service is subject to approval by the State High Community Service Team.
*If you are unsure your hours will count, please contact your counselor before participating in an event to earn community service hours.
*A community service evaluation form
must be completely filled out by the student and be signed by the supervisor . The form can be found online and in the counseling office.
* The 20 hours of service must be completed between the start of the student’s freshman year and completion of his/her senior year.
* It should be turned into the counseling office no later than May 30th of the student's senior year.
Thank you for helping our school to make our community a better place to live.