RHS Community Service Learning

Community Service Learning

  • Serve your community and earn a credit towards graduation!

    Community Service Learning is an approach to teaching and learning in which students use academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs. To learn more about Community Service Learning graduation requirements, visit the district's slide deck.

    As a way to help foster civic responsibility, Arkansas Act 648 allows students to earn one credit towards graduation after completing 75 hours of approved community service learning over their high school career (Class of 2024-2026). Starting with the Class of 2027, 75 hours of approved CSL will be required for graduation.

    To qualify for the credit, students must upload verified hours to the Community Service Learning Log Sheet

    Here is another option for keeping a personal record of your hours.

    Community Service Record

    Starting with the Class of 2027:

    • Students must complete 75 total hours of community service to graduate.
    • Students can choose where they volunteer their time. Hours must be verified by the organization. Parents/guardians will be responsible for making sure the organization is safe and a good fit for their student.
    • Students can start inputting their hours into their school's Community Service Documentation Form today. Community service hours can be completed between the summer before 9th grade and graduation to attain the 75-hour requirement.
    • Students can reference the Community Service Learning slide deck for links to their school’s CSL documentation form. Verification of hours must be documented and put into the CSL form.

    What counts as community service?

    Volunteer (unpaid) work for a school, church, non-profit organization, charity, or individual (not a family member)
    Court-ordered community service does not count

    How to document hours:

    Use a spreadsheet or paper form to record hours as they are completed.
    Ask an adult supervisor to sign off on your completed work.

    Graduate of Promise

    60 hours are required to earn the Graduate of Promise honor.

  • In-person Opportunities

    Friendly Bookstore

    Contact:  friendlybook@sbcglobal.net


    Habitat for Humanity

    Contact:  katie@habitatbentoncountyar.org


    Camp War Eagle Ozone

    People can donate used books and magazines and volunteer by running the store.

    Nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home.

    Participate in events they set up like Streetfest (trick or treating)

    Volunteer to help kids at an after school program (SOAR) or Ozone Elementary.


    Samaritan Community Center

    Contact:  sgreen@samcc.org

    Serves the hurting and hungry of Northwest Arkansas through a compassionate community of staff and volunteers




    Helping Hands, Inc


    Angel Tree

    Available in most stores through Thanksgiving/Christmas


    Socks and Cookies

    Help work in a small store that will do various activities such as retail, tutoring, fundraising, and sorting out donations

    Be a part of a team of volunteers working in a thrift store giving back to the community

    Using a child or family’s Christmas list to provide with them they need and want for Christmas

    Creating a box with pre packaged food and socks for veterans


    Teen Action and Support Center

    Teens learn leadership skills by learning/ helping the homeless


    Arkansas Public Theater

    Help during shows and act as an usher or work at concessions

    Self-initiated volunteer opportunities:

    Donate to hospitals, retail stores, thrift stores

    Sell pre-packaged items (candy/chocolate bars)

    Write and send letters to Veterans

    Rake leaves/shovel snow

    Participate at food banks

    Donate blood

    Make masks

  • Virtual Opportunities

    Can create different art projects and upload to slide shows for little children.
    Share red cross content, and write letters to healthcare providers
    A free mobile app that helps read books, go over nutrition facts, and any other need for the visually
    Set up video calls with elementary children and you can read to them
    Virtual tutoring for kids of any age.
    Decode the location of oil spills

    Find evidence of drone strikes

    Help flag abusive tweets to women politicians in India
    Help researchers record data about wild animals, space, all kinds of things. Pick your project!
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