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COMMUNITY SERVICE



Introduction


As a Catholic School in the Holy Cross Tradition, St. Edward High School requires all students to participate in our Community Service Program. Rooted in the Gospel call to "love your neighbor”, and our Holy Cross mission to "hope for a world where justice and love prevail,” our Community Service Program requires a minimum hourly service requirement per academic year. Additionally, all students must complete a service log to document the service completed, and to reflect on their service experience.


Requirement


Minimum Service Hours Required


Freshmen -  The Community Service Program is incorporated into the Freshmen Religion Curriculum.

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Sophomores – The Community Service Program is incorporated into the Sophomore Religion Curriculum.

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Juniors – 20 Hours of service completed by June 6, 2014 - Forms to be turned into Mr. Kubrak

Seniors – 10 Hours of service completed by January 17, 2014 - Forms to be turned into Mr. Kubrak


"Service" Defined


While the term "service” can be used to define a variety of activities, in order to receive credit, a "service” activity should meet the following basic guidelines:

  • Your service has taken you beyond the bounds of family and friendship into the greater community. Helping family members does not qualify as community service. (E.g. washing the dishes, cleaning your room, shoveling grandma’s driveway, etc.)
  • Your service could be defined as one of the "Corporal Works of Mercy” OR should be an expression of one of the "Charisms of Holy Cross”

For your reference:

Corporal Works of MercyCharisms of Holy Cross
- Feed the Hungry- Filled with a spirit of hospitality
- Give drink to the thirsty- Committed to building positive relationships
- Clothe the Naked- Enlivened by zeal and tempered with humility
- Shelter the Homeless- Bringing daily hope in the Cross of Christ
- Visit the sick- Trusting always in Divine Providence
- Visit the imprisoned
- Bury the dead

 

  • Your service has challenged you beyond your comfort zone.
  • For current juniors and seniors: service completed over the past summer can be used to complete the Community Service Program.

**If you are unsure if a particular activity would qualify as "service”, please contact Mr. Kubrak 

before you complete the activity, and he will clarify.**


Service Logs


Once a student has completed a service activity, he should complete a service log (available in the Campus Ministry Office, your religion class, or online on the Community Service page of the St. Edward High School website). The student needs to provide the date the service was completed, the location, and a contact person (pastor, volunteer coordinator, etc.) though NO SIGNATURE IS REQUIRED, as well as a brief description of the service activity that was completed. There are also several reflection questions. If a student fails to complete the reflection questions, he will NOT receive credit for completion of the service.  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SERVICE LOG.


Grading



Students will be able to check their progress online through NetClassroom, and their progress (current as of the end of the 1st semester grading period) will also appear on their 1st semester report card.  While the Community Service Program "grade" will NOT appear on the student's official transcript, or affect his GPA, completion of the Community Service Program is a graduation requirement for all St. Edward High School students.  Additionally,if, at the end of the academic year, a student has yet to complete the Community Service Program for the current school year, he will be required to complete any missing hours or service logs prior to advancing to the next grade level or graduating from St. Edward.
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