Volunteer Hours and Community Service: Students will be recognized annually after submitting proof of serving at least 75 hours of volunteer service. These hours are above and beyond the hours that are infused into the FCPS curriculum. Please see attached document below for the volunteer and service hours record sheet download.
On occasion, questions arise as to what activities can and cannot be recognized as community service. According to the MSDE Student Service Learning Guidelines:Most volunteer/community service experiences are appropriate for school recognition. If you have any concern about appropriateness, please check with your school Service Learning Coordinator.
A few major exceptions include the following:
Religious Organizations- volunteer activity must have a secular purpose and meet a need in the community. Any volunteer activity whose chief purpose is to convert others to a particular religious or spiritual view and/or which denigrates the religious or spiritual views of others will not be accepted. Any volunteer activity whose chief purpose is to help prepare and/or participate in the performance of a religious service or religious education activity will not be accepted.
Political Organizations- volunteer activity must occur in a public place under the supervision of an adult. This includes voter drives, voter participation activities and volunteering at the polls. Any volunteer activity that is partisan in nature or specific to a single candidacy will not be accepted. Any volunteer activity involving political fundraising or financial solicitation will not be accepted.