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Class of 2017, 2018 & 2019
Students who meet the 40-hour requirement will be recognized in the spring of each school year. The hour requirement must be met in the school calendar year.

Students volunteering 160 hours by April 30th of their senior year will have the distinct honor of wearing a silver cord during their graduation ceremony.


How do I begin?
  • 1. The Silver Cord Program starts June 1st prior to FRESHMAN year and concludes April 30th of SENIOR year.
  • 2. Consider volunteer activities of interest to you.
  • 3. Contact the volunteer organization site to confirm your service activities. Remember that Silver Cord hours must meet a clearly defined NEED for an agency, church, charity program, political agency, social service, group or community even.
  • 4. Complete your service.
  • 5. Turn your COMPLETED Silver Cord Award Form (See the link at the top or pick up a form from the window to Room 211), with ALL questions answered and ALL required signatures, into Mrs. Smith or Mr. Sconsa.


Can I complete hours in the summer?

Silver Cord service hours earned during the summer after the current academic year may be applied toward either the prior or following school year-student's choice. Summer hours earned prior to June 1st of freshman year do not count. Silver Cord Award forms must be used to document summer service hours.


What are acceptable service activities?

Silver Cord hours must be for providing a service or meeting a clear need for a non-profit agency, church, school, park, charity program or fundraiser, or community event. The service should be "above and beyond" one's usual scope of involvement and should not be part of a required service for any program or as a part of your commitment to an organization as a member of that organization. Some examples of activities that would not be considered acceptable service are: sports team managing or training, required service work for a group as part of your membership obligation, homecoming events, music or athletic practice, employment orientation/training, work for one's family, or service which is part of an academic, court-ordered or discipline requirement. However, group service projects where participation is encouraged but is not required may be accepted.

An activity may NOT be directly involved with the rituals, services, or ceremonies of any specific religion or fundraising to support a specific religious institution. Examples of unacceptable activities may include: singing in your church choir, candle lighting, reading from religious texts, altar service, etc. Accepted religious activities may include: teaching Sunday or Vacation Bible School, leading youth groups, babysitting during religious services, working on a sound crew, or mission trips.

If you feel you have a service activity in question, please seek a pre-approval form from Mrs. Smith or Mr. Sconsa prior to completing hours.

Silver Cord Hours CAN NOT be:

  • ü to satisfy a class or requirement/obligation for any agency, program or organization of which you are a member
  • ü for a relative
  • ü for pay or compensation of any kind

Click on link above for the Service Form
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