Community Service Information

Students of the School District of Palm Beach County are required to obtain a minimum of 20 community service hours to graduate from high school. Community service is also a requirement for many scholarships (i.e., Bright Futures) and college entrance programs. The purpose of community service is for students to engage in activities that help them develop an appreciation for the concept of service to the school or community.

Click this link to access a blank Community Service Form: Community Service Form.

The following guidelines must be followed to participate in activities that are considered acceptable for community service:
• Community service is defined as non-paid volunteer work with a non-profit agency.
• Students may begin accumulating service hours as early as the summer prior to entry
   of the 9th grade year.
• Service should benefit the community at large. Working solely for an individual will not
   be acceptable.
• Hours must be documented in writing, either on a common community service log 
   (generated by the School) or on letterhead from the organization being served.
• Parent notification of the community service requirement is necessary. A school 
   generated notice will include the necessity of parental knowledge/supervision while
   students are engaged in community service activities.
• Students who do not have access to community service opportunities must be provided
   opportunities on the school campus. It is the student’s responsibility to alert the School
   Counseling Department that he/she is in need of school access to community service.
• Time spent organizing and collecting canned goods, clothing, or book drives for a 
   community in need does qualify as community service. 
• Service on behalf of a candidate for public office.

The following are examples that would not count as community service: 
• Rehearsal time for participation in a fine arts or performing arts program.
• Practice time for sports and band.
• Club meetings to organize community service activities.
• Donating canned goods or items to gain community service hours.

Parents cannot sign to verify their child’s participation in a community service activity.

Schools should have the community service hours entered onto the student's electronic records within two weeks of the Community Service Form being submitted.

                                              Volunteer Opportunities:

-Volunteer at Book Share
-Volunteer Match-Virtual Volunteering
-CSFORSTUDENTS
-Virtual Science Community Service

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Florence Fuller is Launching a new teen leadership program for teens 15 and older who want to earn community service hours working with children at the FF facility. For more information, contact Mary Engelman at: mengelman@ffcdc.org or www.ffcdc.org.
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Tri-County Animal Rescue: www.tricountyanimalrescue.com  


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