At Ashland 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.
To this end, we ask each student to complete a minimum of 25 hours of community service during their high school career, although many choose to do more. Note, National Honor Society (NHS) has additional community service requirements. See the "Guidelines for Acceptance to the Socios Chapter of National Honor Society" on the NHS website.
While we hope helping others will become a lifetime commitment, we begin counting community service hours toward the graduation requirement after the first day of freshman year. The minimum requirement of 25 hours must be completed by the first day of senior year. Students who are new to Ashland High School in their senior year will be given the whole year to complete this requirement.
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.
Please know that tracking community service hours takes significant staff time, and tracking down students who have not met the requirement takes additional valuable staff time. We ask that students and parents work together to ensure at least ten community service hours are turned in by the beginning of senior year. Those who do not submit their completion forms by then will lose the opportunity to enjoy senior privileges (students in good standing are given the ability to arrive to school late or leave early if they have a study hall their first or last class of the day).
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 and PTO events; mentoring at Ashland elementary schools; and participating in or organizing sponsored walks. 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:
For further questions regarding community service, please speak to the Community Service Coordinator, Ms. Jennifer Pavia-Shiels, firstname.lastname@example.org. Her office is located in the guidance office. If you have questions about the community service requirements for the National Honor Society, contact the NHS Advisor, Ms. Susan Bronstein, email@example.com. Thank you.