Community Service Requirements
The following items outline the program and answer many common questions about community service. If you have any further questions, please contact one of the Pre-IB Team members at 973-8600.
- Each student must complete the following community service hours throughout the school year:
Only activities done during the student’s free time will count towards the requirement. This means work done at school must be completed before school, during lunch, or after school.
- All community service hours must be completed by the first Friday in May. To keep on track to meet the total requirement, students must complete the first half by the first Friday in December:
- Any activity that benefits the community without the student gaining directly from the activity could be used to meet the community service requirement. This means a student cannot be paid or otherwise rewarded for activities they plan to use to fulfill the community service requirement. Some services that do not meet the requirement are odd jobs, babysitting for relatives or family friends, or being an acolyte during church services. Each activity must have an adult supervisor.
- Students will submit their activities at link above. These timesheets will describe the activity, when it was completed, the number of hours served, and a brief personal reflection. Students will upload a picture of the adult supervisor’s signature. Please also keep track of your hours on your personal record sheet so you know how many hours have been served.
- Volunteer timesheets should be completed and turned in during the semester the hours are earned. Summer hours must be turned in during the first semester.
- Students may do the same type of activity more than once; however, no more than ten hours can be counted for one type of activity. This means each student must have at least two different types of service experience. If you do more than ten hours for one activity, please turn all hours in for credit. Awards will be given at the end of the year based on total community service hours.
- Students may earn up to a maximum of five community service hours for participating or supporting the Robinson Community through organized activities. You can earn one hour for each Robinson event you attend. No matter how long the event, it counts for one hour. Practice does not qualify for community service. Any event happening during the school day does not qualify for community service. If attendance is required for a class, it does not qualify for community service. You must still document on the community service sheet with a signature and a reflection.
- For 7th and 8th Grade: Of the total hours, at least ten must be in an area designated as stretching. Stretching activities are those that go beyond the student’s usual realm of experience. If an organization, place, or community service activity is new to a student, and provides a learning experience for her/him, then it is a stretching activity. Thus, serving dinner at a homeless shelter would be stretching, while mowing an elderly neighbor’s lawn would not. If in doubt, ask beforehand if the activity is considered stretching.