Windsor High School has a graduation requirement of 30 hours of community service. To fulfill the requirements, students must participate in UNPAID activities for a NON-PROFIT cause only.
Once a student completes the activity, the supervisor signs the Community Service Form, which is then returned to the student's Advisor for their approval and signature.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
> Can a student work for a family member?
Students do not get credit for work for their family. However, if a parent, aunt, uncle, etc., is a leader of a volunteer group (Sunday School, scouts, fire dept, etc), then the student may participate in those activities.
Babysitting, yard work, etc., for families does NOT count towards hours.
In some cases, students volunteer to help NEIGHBORS (not related) who have physical needs; students rake, do lawn or house cleaning, etc. Students should contact their ADVISOR beforehand to get approval for this service.
> Can a student work unpaid for a local business like a store or restaurant?
NO. Businesses that run for-profit should pay their employees. A student may work and gather community service hours for a non-profit group.
> Does a student have to work all of their hours in the same place?
No. The thirty hours can come from a variety of activities such as food-shelves, coaching little leagues, etc. Combining hours is the most common way for students to complete the requirement.
> What should a student do if he or she is not sure about whether an activity is approved?
Contact their ADVISOR at school and follow guidelines listed in the Program of Studies under Community Service requirements.
COMMON ACTIVITIES OR PLACES THAT DO NOT NEED PRIOR APPROVAL FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE:
Church, synagogue or religious activities such as Sunday School, dinners, etc.
Town Recreation Departments
Police or Fire Departments
Scouting or other leadership groups
Volunteering or participating in programs at Mt. Ascutney Hospital, DHMC, Valley Regional, Springfield Hospital (Dare to Care program included)
Community days such as Heritage Days, summer theatre, etc.
Habitat for Humanity
Food shelves or community programs such as Listen Center or the Haven
Pre-School programs, after school programs or summer camps
Visiting or doing activities at nursing homes (except when visiting relatives or family friends)
Museums, parks, or other cultural centers
Green-Up or environmental activities
Volunteers in Action, Youth in Action, or other service groups (excluding school groups and time spent during regular school hours)