Go beyond the classroom and your school with community service. You'll be volunteering your time with a local group, experiencing real life off campus and helping your neighbors. In addition, many colleges and universities about applicants' community service projects, so it can help you get into college. Check with your counselor to see what opportunities are available.
Projects have included:
Science students studying earthquakes and assembling earthquake preparedness kits. They distribute the kits and teach local residents how to develop earthquake preparedness plans.
Language Arts students providing cross-age bilingual tutoring and translation services.
Social Studies students examining the responsibilities and rights of citizens and organize a "Get Out and Vote" campaign or volunteer as student poll workers.
Math students incorporating geometric principles in designing wheelchair ramps for community access.
Art students making seasonal decorations for senior centers, nursing homes,shelters, etc.
Technology school students designing and maintaining web sites for local non-profit organizations.
President's Volunteer Service Award
Students who complete a required number of hours, depending on their age, are eligible for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The program is a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. The program is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Read more.