Community Service Hours
A student who plans to further their education after their high school experience, or students who plan to enter the workforce are in need of a well-rounded experience during their high school years. Only requiring students to complete academic requirements to receive a diploma at Pomeroy High School does the student and our community a disservice. Students can learn so much more by interacting with community members in need or helping organizations help others by volunteering their time. Service to one’s community is an important aspect of life and education as described by President Obama. Our students deserve the opportunity to learn from this type of experience even if they would not choose it on their own.
Therefore we propose that students from Pomeroy High School be required to serve their community as part of their graduation requirement. Students attending post-secondary education opportunities would be more competitive for scholarships with more community service hours as part of their service to their community. Students not furthering their education but entering the workforce would benefit from determining what type of job they may want or not want. As an added benefit, working for and with community organizations can be a positive addition to a resume. All, students and community members, will benefit from this requirement as we become closer as a community when we serve each other.
Community service provides an important opportunity for civic engagement. It is an integral part of a well-rounded education. Through civic engagement, students are provided an opportunity to learn from community members and organizations that support the community. Students in grade 9-10 are required to serve 10 hours each year, and students in grade 11-12 are required to serve 20 hours each year. A student who attends Pomeroy High School 9th – 12th grade will serve 60 total hours of community service. Students are required to turn in hours within 30 days of serving and must serve in the community of Pomeroy for non-family members and opportunities that have been approved by the administration or benefit the community as a whole. If a student would like to acquire community service hours outside of the Pomeroy Community, they must discuss with Administration prior to completing the hours to request permission and must have information on the organization they will be serving. Organizations or individuals in the community may make students aware of community service opportunities by contacting the high school office in advance. These interactions prepare students to become active citizens. Both the community and the student benefit as the student learns to serve others as well as how community members and organizations serve and support students while in the school system.
Students in grade 9-10 are required to serve 10 hours each year, and students in grade 11-12 are required to serve 20 hours each year. A student who attends Pomeroy High School 9th – 12th grade will serve 60 total hours of community service to graduate. The required hours will be logged in Skyward for students, however, we ask that students also keep track of their own hours. Community Service hours can be earned by volunteering for a community sponsored event or volunteering for another activity that has been approved by administration. If you complete hours prior to approval please be aware they may not be approved. To request approval via email please send emails to Mrs. Miller and/or Mrs. Gwinn. Please download, print, and complete this worksheet for each volunteer service activity that you finish, and turn into the High School Office within 30 days of completion of time.