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Community Service Awards Program
Acton-Boxborough students who do 25 or more hours of volunteering during a calendar year are eligible for community service recognition. Our program is called the Accept the Challenge program to recognize the fact that students who do volunteering accept the challenge to go beyond their own needs to help others.
During November and December students are asked to submit a report of their volunteering during the year. Community service certificates are presented to students with at least 25 hours of volunteering. ABRHS Community Service Awards go to students who have completed at least 50 or 75 hours of service. Students who complete at least 100 hours of service are eligible for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. All of these certificates and awards are presented at the annual Community Service Awards Night held on the evening of the Martin Luther King holiday.
What type of volunteering counts toward awards? See also: Accept the Challenge: What Counts!
• Most volunteering (group or individual) for a non-profit, educational or charitable organization. It includes volunteer coaching and unpaid camp counseling. It includes church volunteering, with the exception of proselytizing (working to convert others).
• In-school volunteering (peer tutoring, peer counseling, classroom assistants, office volunteering, course-related community service work).
• Community service projects undertaken by clubs, teams, classes, etc.
What activities do not count toward awards?
• Paid work, court mandated community service, fundraising without an awareness component, services provided to family members or neighbors.