Every student who earns a diploma from St. Michael-Albertville High School must complete a total of 16 community service hours in a minimum of 2 different activities per year. Students who do not complete the sixteen hours and eight activities by the end of their senior year will not graduate regardless of other credits earned.
Community Service Defined
Work done for others that is not for pay and not for a class grade. The goal of community service is to improve the community in which you live, hence, community service.
Earning Community Service Hours
We strongly recommend that all community service forms be pre-approved by a Social Studies teacher. While it is not required, it will insure that your completed activity will be accepted. Pre-approval involves:
- A clear, detailed description of the service action written on the form
- Presentation of that form to a Social Studies teacher
- Approval or disapproval by the teacher/department
The following guidelines will apply to community service activities:
- Note: The Social Studies Dept. may approve/disapprove the action, or choose only to grant a limited amount of hours at their discretion.
- Whether community service is done during the school year or during the summer, the acceptance of the completed service is decided by the Social Studies department members. Pre-approval will eliminate any disappointments concerning completed service that would not be acceptable for completion of the commitment.
Seniors should have all 16 hours completed no later than May 15th.
- No more than 3 (three) hours will be granted to any 1 (one) activity.
- Total of 16 (sixteen) hours; 4 (four) hours per year earned through 2 (two) activities.
- Allows seniors with disapproved activities time to complete hours and receive diploma.
- Last minute completion of activities will delay the awarding of your diploma. The people in charge of the graduation evening cannot be expected to change their practices after the graduation ceremony to give you your diploma on the spot.
- Not for pay
- Not for a class grade
- Community activities through school clubs and organizations
- Betters the world in which we live
- Helps the entire community
- Assisting a family member/relative
- Assisting teachers, janitors or other school personnel
- Moving, painting, cleaning, for individual people or families
- Court-ordered hours
- Activities related to your place of employment or your parents’ place of employment
- These activities do not help the entire community
Community Service Form
View the form directly to download and print a copy.
If you have any questions see your Social Studies teacher or contact Mr. Skogen.