Community Service at CSS
- To promote a sense of civic duty and community involvement
- To promote a sense of ownership, sensitivity and responsibility over community problems
- To engage students in their community, broadly conceived as their school and their neighborhood
- To provide a real world context in which students develop organizational and leadership skills necessary to become community activists and community leaders
- To promote positive attitudes and values of the ideal of "service to humanity"
- To sensitive students to the needs and problems of others
- To develop practical skills, work ethic, and experiences they cannot acquire in the classroom
Community Service may take place:
- in our school (e.g. assisting with Open Houses, helping clean-up the gym, raking leaves and cleaning up the garbage in the park; peer tutoring CSS students; tutoring other students from neighboring schools; reading or math buddies with kids from other schools)
- in churches or nonprofit community based organizations (e.g. cleaning up the local street garden)
- in government organizations (e.g. translating and assisting with voter registration)
- in hospitals (e.g reading to a person in a recovery room)
- in their neighborhoods (e.g. assisting an elderly person with her groceries shopping and household duties; tutoring a child who is your neighbor; babysitting for free a neighbor's child)
- Students may not receive financial or other kinds of in-kind compensation. If any monetary compensation is available students may donate it to a non-profit organization of their choosing (including CSS) thus putting their CS to work for their community.
- Students must be supervised by an adult who must sign off on the CS hours.
- Students must have their hours documented on the Community Service Log. The log should be returned to their Counselor who will keep track of their hours.
- Double dipping is not allowed - i.e. using CS for other school requirements (e.g. Community redemption resulting from disciplinary actions; extra points for a course, student club, course or student government work you are supposed to do as part of your course or leadership responsibilities) is not allowed.