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BASD Community Service Program

During the four years of high school, all students volunteer for at least 60 hours of approved community service. One half (.5) academic credit is awarded upon completion of the required hours.   An additional .5 credit is awarded to students completing a total of 120 service hours.

Many graduating seniors boast hundreds of volunteer hours.   Those students earning 135 hours or more are recognized for their outstanding community service by receiving a silver cord at graduation.   Many colleges and organizations provide students awards and scholarships for service to the community.

You may select more than one service site.   Look for a site that matches your hobbies, skills or career interests.   There are many opportunities to begin your community service experience.   Link to these sites to begin your journey...

You may contact your Guidance Counselor regarding Community Service questions

Or call or email:

Diane Seip, Community Service Coordinator

610-691-7200 ext. 7207

New Community Service Guidelines

June 2008

Dear Students and Parents,

We have just celebrated 1,000,000 volunteer hours served in the Bethlehem Area School District’s Community Service Program.  Over the past 17 years, our high school students have been giving back to the community by volunteering in many different non-profit agencies.  The District’s guidelines for the volunteer service program have been updated and several changes are now in effect. It is your responsibility to make sure you are familiar with the current policy and that your volunteer activities follow the Community Service Activities Guidelines.

Recent Changes

  • April 15th of the student’s senior year is the last date Community Service hours can be submitted for approval to meet the 60 hour graduation requirement or to be considered toward the 135 hours required for the attainment of the Silver Cord.
  • Students not meeting the April 15th deadline must petition the Superintendent of Schools for an extension.
  • It is strongly recommended to complete at least 15 hours of community service each year.  Certain privileges may be tied to meeting a minimum yearly requirement, i.e. senior lunch privilege.
  • If you choose to volunteer at an organization not on the list, the organization must be a non-profit, a governmental agency, an institution of higher education, a local school, or police department.  These projects must receive approval before service begins.  All agency documentation must be provided.
  • Volunteer activities may not support partisan political organizations, religious instruction, or proselytizing.
  • A Parental Waiver is required for any agency* that may serve alcohol at any event.
America on Wheels Arts Quest Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem
Dream Come True Equi-Librium Good Shepherd
Historic Bethlehem  Lehigh Valley Hospital LV Hospital -  Muhlenberg
Little Hurricanes
Wrestling Club
Manor Care Health Services - Bethlehem Meals on Wheels of Northampton County
Moravian Hall Square
Retirement Community
Musikfest National Canal Museum & Hugh Moore Park at Two Rivers Landing
Old Orchard Health Care YWCA – Empowerment Center

 *This list is subject to change.  Student must check with the volunteer agency.  This Waiver is available in your Student Service Center. You can also download it from the Community Service Web Site.

Sincerely,

Diane Seip, Community Service Coordinator

Student Service Learning Center Link
Community Service Counts Link

Need help finding a community service site? Not sure which form is the right one? Don't know how to get started? Click on the link above for more info.

Community Service DOES count when it comes to college admissions. The Pennsylvania Service -Learning Alliance, has compiled a list of colleges and universities in the state of Pennsylvania that provide scholarships for community service. Click on the link above for more info.

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