We’d like to take the opportunity to provide some guidelines towards achieving the community service distinction at graduation. Students should use the form found below. Completed forms should be submitted to the lobby reception desk.
To prevent students from obtaining multiple signatures for service hours that qualify for several different service organizations, students may also submit copies of service hour logs from clubs such as Key Club, National Honor Society, church groups or athletic teams.
To assist you in determining what type of activities qualify for community service, please consider the following details noted by the National Honor Society organization:
Community service is offering your time and abilities to benefit the local community, including (but not limited to) schools, hospitals, parks & recreation, city events, and charitable organizations. Community service is unpaid. Furthermore, community service is by choice. (For example, if you are required by your debate coach to work a tournament, that service is by requirement, rather than by choice and does not qualify as community service.)
Below are some guidelines to assist you in determining qualifications for community service hours:
- The tracking of service hours can begin upon the completion of 8th grade (the summer prior to 9th grade).
- Service hours must occur outside of normal school hours.
- In regards to mission/service trips, the adult sponsor should determine the number of hours that the student “worked” during the trip. Travel, meals and leisure time do not count. “Hours that benefit the cause” is a good rule of thumb to use.
- Parents may not sign for hours their student performs.
- The principal and graduation coordinators reserve the right to make the final decision regarding qualifying service hours.
Community Service Distinction (Green Cord)
Working for Justice through Community Service is one of the components of the Lovejoy Graduate Profile - the expectation is that all students participate in community service during their four years at Lovejoy High School. Seniors have an opportunity to receive a cord to be worn at graduation for above and beyond service. In 2012, cord criteria was voted on and discussed with our leadership council which had student representatives from various campus organizations. The student leaders who developed the criteria were adamant this cord not be given to a student who simply completed the required hours for a club, course, or organization; it should represent exceptional effort toward community service. The student leaders chose to phase in the community service cord requirements, ultimately reaching 400 service hours for the students in the Class of 2017 and beyond.
Students are allowed to use any service hours that have been gained through outside organizations as well as on campus clubs, classes, and organizations over their four years at LHS. For example, a student can use Key Club, Volleyball, and National Honor Society hours to be included in the total hours for the community service cord distinction. All service hours must be documented and signed off by a supervising volunteer sponsor(other than their parent).
If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to Teresa Dodson at Teresa_Dodson@lovejoyisd.net.