Grace King students are encouraged to complete community service during each of their academic years. The community service requirement aims to equip students with the necessary skills and abilities for career and educational advancement as well as motivate students to take an active role as leaders in their communities. Community service is a non-paying job performed by one person or a group of people for the benefit of the community or its institutions.
Community service hours must be performed through a 501(c)(3) organization or federal, state, or local agency and be properly documented (recognized) to count towards the graduation requirement. 501(c)(3) organizations are tax-exempt charitable organizations that apply for and meet requirements set by the Internal Revenue Service. Federal state or local government agencies are any agencies that provide some regulatory service or enforcement and are responsible for the oversight and administration of a specific government function. An example includes but is not limited to a school, library, animal shelter, hospital or place of worship (church, mosque, temple).
Service hours to neighbors or individuals will not be recognized.
Community service hours must be submitted at the end of each nine week term. Any service hours completed during the student’s summer vacation MUST be submitted no later than the first nine week term upon the student’s return in the fall.
In order to earn the Jefferson Parish Schools Community Service Distinction at graduation, a senior must complete 80 or more hours by the year of their graduation. Completed community service form(s) will need to submitted by mid-April of the graduating year. Retroactive community service hours for earlier academic years will not be accepted.
Seniors: forms submitted after the deadline will not be accepted nor receive the JPS Community Service Distinction.
Entering freshmen in 2013-2014 and beyond may earn the community service diploma endorsed by completing community service according to the following schedule:
- Freshmen year: 10 or more hours
- Sophomore year: 20 or more hours
- Junior year: 25 or more hours
- Senior year: 25 or more hours
The community service form must be completed by the student in the following order:
- the student fills in the community service information
- supervisor of the agency in which the service is performed must sign off on the form and include contact information
- parent/guardian signs the form
- community service coordinator signs the completed form upon receipt.
Service hours may be submitted to Mrs. Carter in the library every nine weeks. Please make sure that you put your email address at the bottom of the form so that she can email you upon entering your hours.