Building Bridges to Success: At PTHS 209 Community Service Counts
October 21, 2011 11:05 AM
Forest Park, IL...Proviso Township High Schools is raising the bar when it comes to preparing students for college entry and scholarships, building student character, teaching responsibility, and supporting the Proviso community.
At District 209, you can always count on the National Honor Society, The Key Club, band, student council, or NJROTC to go out into the communities and lend a helping hand. Students can be seen volunteering at the local Veteran’s Hospital, picking up litter along the highway, or packing food bags for the homeless. With a consistent positive reach, community service hours have long been a requirement for all Proviso students.
"At Proviso Township High Schools, community service counts," said PTHS 209 Board President, Chris Welch. "We want to educate our students on the importance of responsible citizenship. We want to build character, strengthen their connections to our communities, and improve their educational experiences by exposing them to various opportunities, not only to engage in the world at large, but to also lend a helping hand."
Community service hours are also crucial components when applying for college entrance and scholarships. Every student at PTHS 209 must complete community service hours before graduation. Many students have already surpassed that requirement. With many activities and clubs year-round, students are already being taught the importance of giving back.
"I totally believe that community service is important," said Proviso West counselor and Key Club sponsor, Mr. Jalove. He often works with students to earn community service hours and to support great causes across the community. From the Ronald McDonald House to local shelters, Mr. Jalove has helped students to have a positive impact on the world around them. "We are teaching students to give. We are focused on developing our students as a whole—not just academically. So, I think community service hours are great. A lot of our kids are ready to do it. A lot of them already do it. I think it is a positive thing."
Students can report to their school activities coordinator or principal for community service forms. They can also join various PTHS 209 community service organizations such as Key Club, student council, and the National Honor Society. For a full guideline of PTHS 209’s community service requirements, click here