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.
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 (grades 9-12).
To qualify for the credit, students must:
complete their service learning with a certified service agency or as part of a service-learning school program
document their preparation, action, and reflection using the documentation form below
Requires the upload of your completed/signed
To qualify, the following is required:
75 hours over the four years of high school
working with certified agencies
documented reflection including preparation and action.
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.
STUDENTS: Please understand that these community service opportunities are on your own time and the school does not require you to participate in them. These activities are not school-sponsored. If you choose to participate please follow CDC guidelines for social distancing and mask requirements. We highly encourage you to do your part in your community - the rewards are immeasurable.
PARENTS: Your students are not required to participate in community service activities and cannot go off campus to do so during school hours. If they choose to participate, please understand that they are responsible for their own actions.
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.
Serves the hurting and hungry of Northwest Arkansas through a compassionate community of staff and volunteers
Available in most stores through Thanksgiving/Christmas
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
Teens learn leadership skills by learning/ helping the homeless
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
Virtual OpportunitiesCan create different art projects and upload to slide shows for little children.Share red cross content, and write letters to healthcare providersA free mobile app that helps read books, go over nutrition facts, and any other need for the visuallySet up video calls with elementary children and you can read to themVirtual 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 IndiaHelp researchers record data about wild animals, space, all kinds of things. Pick your project!
Northwest Arkansas Opportunities
April is National Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention month and each year the Center hosts an event to bring awareness to the issue of child abuse – nationally and in our own community. During pinwheel placement, volunteers rally at the CAC prior to heading out in groups to place pinwheels at our partner agencies around Benton County (DHS office, police stations, etc.).
Make Blankets for seriously ill or traumatized children