Community Service FAQ

Community Service FAQs

  • Community Service or Service Learning? Yes, there is a difference, but right now our focus is community service. Although service learning is something related to learning that happens in a classroom, volunteer work would be community service no matter where it happens.

  • How many community service hours are required for outdoor education

    trips? Because the 6th grade trip is so early in the year, they are required to do 2 hours of community service to be eligible for the trip. If students do not complete these hours, they will be expected to

    complete the hours during first semester. 7th and 8th graders are expected to complete 10 hours before their trip. We are only tallying hours, not points.

  • How do students keep track of their points? Forms are available in the main office. These forms allow students to track more than one activity. Cards are available outside room C110.

    These cards track one activity at a time. Either can be used and be place in the box labeled for community service in room C110. The cards are easier for students who struggle to keep track of a paper and want to turn in their hours as they go rather than all at once.

  • What do staff members need to do? If you would like help from students in your classroom, please let me know and I would be happy to get you some students. If a student helps you,

    all you need to do is sign their paper or card verifying the amount of time they worked with you. Students are responsible for turning them in.

  • What opportunities are available to students? Students can participate in volunteer work in the community at any non-profit organization. A list of some of those opportunities is on the

    BVMS website. Along with helping individual staff members, students can also help in the cafeteria at lunch or handing out balls on the playground. There is a sign-up sheet outside room C110 for these activities. In addition, there will be big one day activities during the year that the entire Beverly Vista community is welcome to participate in. Volunteering at these activities could give students the bulk of their hours needed. One of these is December 14th at the Jingle Bell Run benefiting the Arthritis Foundation. Information on this is also available on the BVMS website. In addition, we will be doing a beach clean-up day and other activities during the second semester. Other opportunities will be advertised on the website, on the board outside room C110 and the board outside the cafeteria (coming soon!)

  • What if I or students have questions? Any questions, comments or suggestions (please!) can be directed to Katy Carter in room C110 or