Community service is volunteer service within the school, parish or community. In the past, Catholic High students completed 80 hours or 20 hours for each year they are enrolled as a requirement for graduation. Beginning with the class of 2009 the number changes to 100. At least 25 of the required hours must all be done at the same place. The other hours may be accumulated at various acceptable places. If the service opportunity is not on the approved list, Ms. Lyons must approve the hours prior to beginning the service or the hours will not be accepted. Additionally, new for 2007/08, students may complete up to 50% of their hours at the school.
Rarely will service to an unrelated individual apply. Babysitting for friends or working in a family business does not fulfill the service requirement. While good and important work, it is our intention to provide students with opportunities beyond normal family obligations. Additionally, tutoring is only acceptable when it is part of a supervised program such as through the CHS Guidance Department.
** Please note that students may receive no more than half of their hours for projects required for another purpose such as, but not limited to, Confirmation hours or Eagle Scout projects. Court appointed hours do not count towards fulfillment of CHS requirements
Students may accumulate hours from July 1 of the year of matriculation until May 15 of their year of graduation. Students who matriculate after freshman year are responsible for twenty-five (25) hours for every year they attend CHS.
The verification for hours must be turned in within a month of completion and by October 1 for summer hours or they will not be accepted.
Students will not typically be excused from school to complete
NOTE: It is wise for students to turn in copies of their verification letters or certificates and to keep their own community service log with the originals.
Students should request the letter within a month after completion of service. The letter should include the student’s name, date(s) of service, number of hours and a brief description of what the student did. Most agencies/organizations have a Director of Volunteers who is willing to submit a letter on letterhead stationery to the school’s Community Service Coordinator.
A certificate from the agency will also suffice as long as it includes the above information.
Alternatively, students may download a form here and have it signed by the volunteer supervisor, with a date and a phone # given.
Parents should verify the student’s hours only if they are the organization’s representatives for the activity.
Questions about student community service should be directed to Ms. Elaine Lyons, the Community Service Coordinator. Questions about parent service hours should be directed to the Development Office.