Community service

North Attleboro restores community service for students | Local News

NORTH ATTLEBORO — The school board has agreed to bring back a community service program for high school students.

Service will be a requirement for graduation, beginning next year’s senior class, Principal Peter Haviland told the committee at a meeting on Thursday.

It’s an extension of our program,” Haviland told the board.

The program originally launched in 2019 to much fanfare, including a rally with members of the New England Patriots.

“Then COVID came along and stalled it,” Haviland said.

Haviland said it would not have been possible to send students to the community during the pandemic.

Under the renewed program, students at each grade level will be required to complete at least 10 hours of community service and will have a year and a half to do so. The school will partner with groups in the community to give students a service opportunity, the principal said. It will start during the third term. The program will “link learning to jobs”.

“It’s an indication that life is coming back,” Haviland said.

The school committee unanimously approved the renewed program.

In its initial phase, the program impressed the community.

“People in high office rave about the students at North Attleboro High School,” Haviland said.