At Alton High School we believe in the importance of giving back to one's community and assisting those in need. Aside from the direct benefits garnered by the recipients of community service, our students benefit in many ways. Offering support to others brings personal satisfaction, helps to develop a healthy sense of self worth, and instills compassion for those less fortunate. Students may also earn up to one full credit hour by obtaining community service hours.
Community service is not a graduation requirement.
Reporting Community Service Hours
Students are to fill out the Community Service Project Completion Form
, have the service supervisor sign the form, and the student is to submit the form to the Guidance office. We recommend students keep a copy of their form(s) in a personal folder at home should there ever be a question over hours served.
Community Service Guidelines
Community service is generally considered to be those actions which are done with or on behalf of others outside the immediate family without any direct financial or material compensation to the individual performing the service. Students may perform one single type of service or many different kinds, and service may be performed all during the same period or over an extended time. Note, however, that colleges favor consistent experiences that demonstrate a student's passion for a given charitable organization or type of service that really interests the student.
Examples of the kinds of service students currently perform include: assisting at senior facilities, soup kitchens, food pantries, hospitals, working at Beverly Farms or The Boys and Girls Club of Alton. For a full list, check out the community service board in Guidance, or see the Community Service Resource Booklet.
Please be aware of the following guidelines as you plan community service activities:
- Students can not be compensated for community service hours.
- Community service which is assigned by the court cannot be accepted.
- Activities to help a family member cannot be accepted.
- Community service performed through profit-making companies is not accepted, with the exception of hospitals and nursing homes. Students may not be compensated.
- Community service may not be associated with the practice or promotion of any religion. Educational activities and non-religious activities which benefit the religious community or the community-at-large are acceptable, eg. teaching Sunday school or CCD (unless required for Confirmation, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, etc.), unpaid babysitting during religious services, painting buildings, clothing drives, youth group work with shelters or food pantries, mission trips whose goal is community service.
- Fundraising to support a student's own activities cannot be accepted (eg. class or club activities). Fundraising for charitable purposes will be accepted.
- Participation in youth groups will not be accepted, unless it is in the capacity of leadership and community service is performed through these groups.
- Participation or leadership in school-related activities will not be accepted (eg. time-keeping and managing for sports teams), unless the activity specifically involves community service.
- Summer camp CIT is not accepted, unless the camp is a philanthropic one, (eg. for disabled students, children with AIDS, etc.) Community service performed as an activity during any kind of summer camp is accepted.