Community service project information packet



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Henry Clay High School Mission Statement:
Our mission is to educate and to prepare our students for a life of productive citizenship.
2015-2016

HENRY CLAY HIGH SCHOOL

ADV & AP CITIZENSHIP

COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT

INFORMATION PACKET

You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it’s a little thing, do something for others- something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it”



-Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)
The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.”

-Herbert Spencer (1820-1903)
Even if you cannot feed 100 people, certainly you can feed one.”

-Mother Teresa (1910-1997)
Life’s most persistent & urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’

-Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

-Margaret Mead (1901-1978)


http://henryclaysocialstudies.weebly.com/
INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT


  1. All students enrolled in Citizenship at HCHS are required to complete a Community Service project

  2. If you started your project next week you would need to spend less than 6 minutes per day to have your project complete by the due date

  3. There are no exemptions from this requirement- ALL students can contribute meaningfully in some way to society

  4. Anything you do for a family member is NOT community service (it’s being a productive & caring family member! )

  5. What you do MUST provide a service to the community and CANNOT help out an individual in a business, etc.

  6. You may NOT accept money or gifts for the service you provide- it must be voluntary!

  7. Community service that you are currently doing for another club or group MAY count toward your community service

  8. You may choose to do more than the required 10 hours BUT you must do 10 hours each semester- doing 20 hours this semester does NOT exempt you from community service next semester! Each individual teacher will decide how to handle additional community service hours that you complete

  9. Any questions about community service or this project can be directed to Ms. Cabble Room 52

  10. Students can find information about Community Service opportunities on the website: http://henryclaysocialstudies.weebly.com/



THIS ENTIRE PACKET CAN BE ACCESSED THROUGH THE CITIZENSHIP CLASS WEBSITE. THIS SITE ALSO CONTAINS ADDITIONAL COPIES OF THE HOURS LOG, VERIFICATION FORM AND COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTION REPORT FORM.
DEADLINES & DUE DATES

  • Students must submit the signed Community Service Verification form (includes student AND parent/guardian signature) no project can be considered complete without a verification form- each teacher will set a deadline and value for your form

  • The completed hour log & community service activity report form is due no later than Friday December 11- each teacher will set a value to the community service


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT COMMUNITY SERVICE
Q. Is community service mandatory?

A. Yes! Community service is required for ALL students enrolled in Citizenship at Henry Clay.

Q. How many hours are required?



A. 10 hours per semester.

Q. When will students receive more information about community service?



A. TODAY in the auditorium! Students receive a packet and Ms. Cabble will review community service requirements and procedures, answer any questions students have and provide them a list of currently available community service opportunities as well as instruct them on how to design an independent project.

Q. What if I have questions or concerns about community service?



A. All questions or concerns can be addressed to Ms. Cabble (room 52) via e-mail @ jody.cabble@fayette.kyschools.us

Q. What if transportation is an issue?



A. There are several alternatives available. Students can create something in their own neighborhood, pair up with other students, write letters to soldiers, collect canned food, etc. None of which require transportation!

Q. Will Henry Clay provide opportunities for students to complete community service?



A. Yes! Henry Clay provides multiple opportunities for students to complete their hours. Available opportunities can be found on the website listed on the front cover of this packet.

Q. Does my student have to do something through Henry Clay to receive community service hours?



A. Absolutely not! In fact, individual projects are encouraged as they allow students to explore areas of interest and complete a project for a cause they truly believe in!

Q. Is babysitting considered community service?



A. Unfortunately, no. Babysitting for an individual is not considered community service, however, volunteering at a daycare such as Salvation Army or a local church or the YMCA would be

Q. What if my student completed community service prior to the start of the school year.



A. That is great; however, all community service for this class must be completed after the beginning of the current school year

HENRY CLAY HIGH SCHOOL “DEVILS IN ACTION” Program

As related to our mission statement, we believe it is important to instill certain knowledge and traits into every student so that upon graduation they enter society as well-educated, conscientious citizens. One way to accomplish this is to highlight the importance of giving back to the community. The Henry Clay High School “Devils in Action” program has been designed to achieve this goal.


All 9th grade students are required to complete a 20-hour community service project through Citizenship class. Upon completing this 20-hour requirement students will have met the 1st year requirement for the “Devils in Action” program. Participation in the program after 9th grade is completely voluntary.
HCHS students participating in this program will:

  • Observe that learning takes place everywhere

  • Explore learning on their own

  • Become active problem solvers and critical thinkers

  • Become a resource to their community

  • Become adults with feelings, values, and beliefs

  • See the school as a helpful part of the community

  • See the disciplines taught in school integrated into life’s work


The outcomes for this program are:

  • Communication skills

  • Leadership skills

  • Reliable working skills

  • A sense of caring and belonging

  • Awareness of community needs

  • Ability to follow directions

  • Possess realistic ideas about the workplace


HCHS Devils in Action Guidelines

All students are encouraged to participate in service activities. Underclassmen will be recognized at an annual School Ceremony. Seniors will receive a medallion signifying successful completion of the program.

20 AUGUST 2015
Dear Parent or Guardian,
Community service is the cornerstone of a working democracy. In our efforts to introduce students to the idea of active participation in the community as part of being an engaged citizen, we have designed a community service component as a requirement for Citizenship class. Each student enrolled in the course is required to complete a Community Service project this school year.
We understand there are time, availability and transportation issues to consider for every student. With this in mind, we have attempted to make this project as flexible as possible. If students are having difficulty the entire Citizenship team is available to assist. However, we strongly encourage the students to be as creative and independent as possible when designing his/her project. Truly, the sky is the limit!
Project requirements are the same for every student, regardless of the Citizenship teacher he/she has. The requirements are:


  • Students will return the Community Service verification form that contains both parent & student signatures

  • Each student is required to complete 10 hours of community service EACH semester. A student may choose to complete more than the required 10 hours but this does NOT exempt him/her from the 2nd semester requirement of 10 hours

  • Students have received a copy of both the Community Service Hours Log and the Community Service Activities Report Form

  • Each student is expected to complete the Community Service Log that accounts for the TOTAL # of community service hours the student completed and turn it in on or before the due date of Friday Dec 11, 2015

  • Students will complete an Activities Report Form for one individual community service activity he/she participates in (for example if the student works at a soup kitchen AND participates in the Breast Cancer “Race for the Cure” that student will choose one of the activities to complete the report from on)

  • The mentor (it can be a different person for each activity) must sign off on each activity and when the hours are completed

  • The community service log is due Friday December 11, 2015

We hope that you will join us in encouraging your student to get involved and embrace this assignment. We have discovered for many 9th grade students it is the most worthwhile project they complete. Please take a moment and review this packet as it has valuable information in regard to the project. Do not hesitate to call or e-mail with any questions or concerns you have. The school number is 381-3423 and the secretary can put you through to any teacher’s class room.


Sincerely,
The HCHS 9th Grade Citizenship Team
Mr. Atinay, Mr. Brown, Ms. Cabble, Ms. James, Ms. Behler, Mr. McCray, Mr. Riley, Mr. Slone
POSSIBLE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE
1. BRECKINRIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    1. work with a teacher

    2. write welcome notes & letters of encouragement to students (see Ms. Cabble)

    3. work at after school & evening functions

Contact Ms. Rey-Barreau at Breckinridge via e-mail: angela.rey-barreau@fayette.kyschools.us for more information about dates, times, events at the school, etc.


  1. TEACHERS & STAFF; HENRY CLAY (or any other school!)

    1. helping to clean & organize rooms

    2. assist in any way the teacher needs

Ask a teacher to see if they are interested and set up dates & times with them


  1. CAMPUS CLEAN-UPS

    1. stay after and assist the custodians by collecting trash, recycling, sweeping, removing gum & graffiti, etc




  1. BOOKER T WASHINGTON FOOD BAGS

    1. collect the following items to place in the 30 bags Henry Clay puts together for Booker T Washington Elementary students each week:

  • canned pull tab ravioli

  • instant oatmeal

  • fruits snacks

  • juice boxes

  • breakfast bars (any flavor except peanut butter)



  1. SmileVolunteers.org

This website is a service project website that posts local and school service projects and allows students to complete all the steps necessary to create and build an individual project centered around an area of interest.
6. 9TH Grade Fundrasier

Participate in fundraising for your class and complete your community service project- see Mr. Riley in room 48 to get permission slips & to sign up beginning August 24




  1. Homecoming Week Activities

Information will be available on the website
8. SPIRIT CLUB

a. Join the Spirit Club and ALL hours you spend w/Spirit Club activities count toward Community Service hours!

b. See Ms. Cprek in room 139 to join and get more details
9. BLUE GRASS GREENSOURCE

If you are looking for environmental activities for community service contact Pattie Stivender. Pattie is the volunteer coordinator for Blue Grass Greensource. Her e-mail is Pattie@bgGreensource.org



DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITES AS THEY ARE SENT TO US (A.C.E. & SQUIRES CARNIVAL, BRECKINRIDGE PARENT NIGHT, ETC.)
http://henryclaysocialstudies.weebly.com/

OTHER POSSIBLE COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

(These ideas come from projects previous students have completed):




  1. Kentucky Horse Park (see Mr. McCray in portable 209 for more information)

  2. Lexington Humane Society

  3. Lexington Children’s Museum

  4. Local & area churches

  5. God’s Pantry

  6. Special Olympics

  7. Kentucky Organ Donor Association

  8. Local Hospitals (St. Joseph, Central Baptist, Samaritan, V.A., Shriner’s)

  9. Hospice of the Bluegrass

  10. YMCA

  11. Cancer Society

  12. Local libraries

  13. Red Cross

  14. Neighborhood schools (assisting teachers, tutoring & mentoring students, etc)

  15. Visually Impaired Preschool

  16. HOPE Center

  17. Catholic Action Center

  18. Manchester Center

  19. Parks & Recreation Department

  20. Coaching teams (Upward Basketball, soccer, etc)

  21. Adopting an Active Armed Forces Unit overseas (letter-writing, care packages, letters of encouragement to families, etc)

  22. Individual project

    1. raising money for a charity/collecting for a clothing drive/toy drive/food drive

  23. Kentucky Heart Association

  24. Relay for Life

  25. Volunteer at a Mental Health service facility

  26. Working at a Food Bank

  27. God’s Net

  28. Habitat for Humanity

  29. Recycling project

  30. Diabetes Foundation

  31. UNICEF

  32. Thoroughbred Retirement Farm

  33. Mayor’s Training Center

  34. Volunteer for local elected officials/campaign

  35. Susan G Komen Race for the Cure

  36. Salvation Army

  37. Habitat Re-Store

  38. The Nest

  39. Adopt-A-Highway

  40. The Lexington Opera House


ACCOUNTABILITY & VERIFICATION SHEET
PLEASE FILL OUT & RETURN TO YOUR CITIZENSHIP TEACHER
STUDENT NAME: ____________________________________
CITIZENSHIP TEACHER: ____________________________________
HOUR: ____________________________________
FOR STUDENTS:
I have received information about the community service project and my signature verifies I understand the following:


  • Community service is a required component of this course

  • 10 hours is the required amount each semester

  • I am responsible for finding a mentor

  • I am responsible for completing the 10 hours outside of the school day

  • I must have my proposal approved prior to beginning community service and if I don’t I understand that my project might not be accepted

  • My community service must be voluntary and cannot assist a family member or private business

  • I can ask for help from any of the Citizenship teachers

  • After this year I am eligible to continue on with the Devils in Action service project

  • The due date of this project for 1st semester is December 11, 2015

STUDENT SIGNATURE: ____________________________________

FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS:
I have reviewed the Community Service packet and am aware that my child is required to complete 10 hours of service each semester as a requirement for this course. I have received contact information if I have any questions or concerns.
PARENT /GUARDIAN

SIGNATURE: ____________________________________


COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS LOG
Hour____ Citizenship Teacher ___________
NAME_________________________________ DATE___________


Date

Times/Hrs Served

Activity

Mentor/Supervisor Signature









































































































































































































































































TOTAL




XXXXXXXXXXXXX

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HENRY CLAY HIGH SCHOOL DEVILS IN ACTION REPORT FORM


*EACH STUDENT NEEDS TO COMPLETE ONE REPORT FORM REGARDLESS OF HOW MANY DIFFERENT VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN DONE!!
Student’s Name_____________________________ Phone Number_____________________
Community Organization/Event__________________________________________________
Date(s) of Service_______________________________________ Total Hours_____________
Describe the Service you performed______________________________________________
How did your work benefit the community organization/event? ______________________
______________________________________________________________________________
Did you work directly with the clients who received service from the organization?

What insights did you gain from your volunteer experience? _________________________

Given the opportunity, how would you improve this volunteer assignment? _____________

What classroom knowledge/social skills did you use or see used by others in this assignment? __________________________________________________________________


______________________________________________________________________________
If your friend were volunteering in this assignment, what advice would you give him/her?

Would you take this volunteer assignment again? Why or why not? __________________


SIGNATURE OF PROJECT MENTOR: __________________________________________


Printed Name of Mentor: __________________________________________
Mentor Phone Number/Contact Info: __________________________________________


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