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About the Silver Cord Program

The Silver Cord program is a distinguished award available to high school students with the purpose of recognizing their out of school volunteer efforts.

Program participation is voluntary for all Independence High School students. Students who complete the required number of volunteer service hours will be recognized at their graduation by wearing a silver cord with their cap and gown and with special mention in the Commencement program.

All students must have completed the required number of approved and documented volunteer service hours by May 1 of their senior year.

Silver Cord Mission

Our mission is to involve students as effective communicators, responsible citizens, and skilled problem solvers in a valued partnership with a successful, growing community.

Goals of Service Learning

  • To create opportunities for students to contribute to schools and communities in a responsible way
  • To enhance student learning through direct service, which is meaningful and necessary
  • To enable students to help others, give of themselves, and enter into caring relationships with others
  • To enhance self-confidence of students
  • To give students the opportunity to do important and necessary work
  • To increase citizenship skills of students
  • To offer students an opportunity to work with people of assorted ages, races and religions
  • To foster reaffirmation of students' career choices
  • To assist students in developing and participating in important projects that will enhance their resumes
  • To present positive images of teenagers to the local community