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.
Community Service Guidelines
Community service must meet the following guidelines to fulfill graduation requirements:
You may not be paid for your service.
The service must benefit the "larger community" and
may not be a direct benefit to the individual student, the student’s
immediate family, team, group, etc. for whom the community service is being provided. For example: a student can't submit unpaid hours of work in a family business as community service. A student can't submit hours worked in a concession stand if the concession profits are going to a team of which the student is a member.
Parent signatures as supervisor will NOT be accepted.
Student signatures as supervisor will NOT be accepted.
Extended family signatures will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
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” for a class assignment)
Curricular areas will not count for community service unless agreed upon in advance.
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 count toward community
service hours. Only the hours delivering the community service will
count. Rehearsal, practice or prep time for that community service event will not necessarily count.)
Community Service is subject to approval by the State High Community Service team.
you are unsure your hours will count, please contact your counselor
before participating in an event to earn community service hours.
The community service evaluation form must
be completely filled out by the student and be signed by the supervisor
. The form can be found online (above) and in the counseling office.
The 20 hours of service must be completed between the end of the 8th grade school year and by completion of the senior year.