Every student in the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is required to complete at least 40 hours of community service to graduate from Proviso East or Proviso West High Schools. Students at Proviso Math and Science Academy must complete 144 hours. (*Please note: due to emergency closing, the community service requirement has been waived for current class of 2020 graduates)
How Do I Obtain Community Service Hours?
- Community Service office has a list of organizations/businesses needing volunteers.
- Obtain an approval form from the Community Service Contact office in your school.
- Return the completed form and obtain approval from the Community Service Contact.
- Upon approval, obtain an Evaluation Form from the Community Service Contact.
- Complete project.
- You and agency supervisor complete the Evaluation Form. Return the completed Evaluation Form within two weeks of completion of project.
- Community Service hours will be credited to your record.
- Must benefit the community or the school.
- Must be unpaid.
- Must be completed outside of the student's normal school day.
- Must be completed in addition to class requirements
- Can be completed for anyone outside of family members.
- Can be completed for any organization other than political groups
- Can be earned anytime except while a student is serving out-of-school suspension
Why Community Service?
The number of high school students involved in community service programs has risen from 81,000 in 1984 to nearly 3 million in 1997 (National Service Clearinghouse). Community service programs are being implemented to help counteract the sense of isolation that many experts attribute to the growing amount of violence in the schools. Most schools with community service learning cited strengthening relationships among students, the school, and the community as key reasons for practicing community service. Community service has long been viewed as a possible means of improving education. John Dewey, an advocate of service learning, believed that students would learn more effectively and become better citizens if they engaged in service to the community.
Please see your school counselor or activity sponsor for activity forms and tracking.
Find a copy of the forms here.