To qualify, students must complete at least 36 hours of community service for each year of high school
The Ridgefield School District and the Ridgefield Schools Board of Directors are pleased to announce the implementation of a new program to recognize graduates who demonstrate a commitment to community service. Beginning with the class of 2022, graduates who complete a minimum number of hours of community service will receive a diploma with a special “Community Service” seal to recognize students who volunteer time to commendable efforts in the community.
To qualify, students must complete at least 36 hours of community service for each year of high school. Since this program is new, the number of hours required to qualify for the honorary title will be phased in. This means that seniors who graduate in 2022 must complete at least 36 hours, while the class of 2023 must complete at least 72, the class of 2024 108 hours, and the class of 2025 and beyond must pass. at least 144 hours to earn the special designation upon graduation.
“The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors is grateful to be part of a service-oriented community with students who care deeply about making a difference,” said Joseph Vance, Ridgefield School Board Chair. “The Seal of Community Service program allows us to recognize and encourage their efforts, and honor those who have given up for the betterment of the Ridgefield community. ”
Volunteer hours will be recorded in an official “community service journal” and verified by an adult supervisor for all activities. Examples of eligible community service activities include participation in any service project led by a service organization such as Boy Scouts, 4-H, Key Club, Church, etc. ; participating in a community service event such as a thon walk, heart rope jump or other fundraising events organized for the good of the community; and personal projects that benefit a member of the community or the community at large, such as helping an elderly or disabled person (not a parent) with household chores, visiting a retirement home or other establishment to render services to a resident, volunteering in a community institution (library, hospital, etc.), regular tutoring of young students or similar projects for the benefit of others.
Some examples of activities that will not count toward the requirements include joining a service organization without participating in service activities; participation in any activity for which an individual receives remuneration; teacher assistance service during school time; participation in political organizations or political campaigns; membership in the school’s marching band, choir, sports team or drama production (these activities are strongly encouraged for personal gain and experience, but are not considered community service) ; and community service ordered by the court or service ordered by the school.
While it is impossible to list all the examples, it is generally accepted that the recognition of community service relates to participation in the community for the express purpose of helping others.
Students who successfully complete the required hours of service will be recognized upon graduation and the designated seal will be affixed to their degrees.
Information provided by Ridgefield School District.