Community Service

Monday, 13 August 2018 00:00 Written by 

  Community Service


“To whom much is given, much is required.” By being involved in community service, students are introduced to the various needs, resources, and opportunities within our community. In addition, community involvement opens up possibilities for career interests and helps build a résumé for summer work, scholarships, and awards applications.


Expectations for Students


9th, 10th, and 11th grade: Students must register online for a term and an agency using the Community Service Booklet provided at school. Rising sophomores and juniors register in May. Incoming freshmen and transfer students register in August. Failure to register online, changing agencies, or changing terms results in Detention Saturday School. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are expected to complete 20 hours of service per year with one specific non-profit organization. Students submit their community service log and evaluation form to their homeroom teacher on the designated due dates for each term.


12th grade: Seniors are not required to complete community service as they will obtain hours through their Senior Project or AP Research Project.


NOTE: If a student fails to complete their community service or receives a poor evaluation, it may constitute further disciplinary consequences or potential dismissal from our program.



2018-2019 Community Service Registration Instructions

(Freshman and Transfer Students)

  • Read through the Community Service book and select those agencies that appeal to you.  Even if you plan to complete your community service hours in the fall or spring (or have already completed your summer community service), sign up now. All freshmen, transfer students, and students who missed last year’s window need to sign up for community service for this school year.
  • Note that some agencies have a minimum age limits: Columbus Museum, Habitat for Humanity, Animal Ark, East Alabama Humane Society, Easter Seals, and Springer Opera House.
  • Ronald McDonald House has waived the age requirement for Columbus High student volunteers, so every grade level is eligible to sign up for this particular community service until all slots are taken.
  • Discuss your choice with your parents.  They must be able to provide transportation for you if necessary.  Your parents must sign the confirmation form, indicating that they approve your choice.  Do not sign your parent’s name.  If they call and say you cannot do your work because of transportation problems, the confirmation form will be shown to them indicating they approved of your agency and the transportation it would require!
  • You may begin to register online in the computer lab, media center, or at home between 4:00 PM Monday, August, 20th, 2018 and 8:00 AM Friday, August 24th, 2018.
  • To register, go to any browser and type:  
  • If you are logged on to a school device you will automatically be taken to the registration page once you click on the log-in button on the top right. If you are not using a school device, when you click on the log-in button you will need to enter your GTID number and password.
  • If you have trouble you might try a different browser such as Chrome or Firefox.  Safari on iphones may not work.
    • Click the word “Events” (top right) or the “GO TO EVENT LIST” button.
    • You will be taken to the “Available Events” page.
    • Find the event (agency) where you want to volunteer, read the description carefully and click “Sign Me Up!” 
    • At the bottom of the page you will have the option of selecting a term if one is still available.
    • You will see the following confirmation and directions to “Print Permission Form”
  • Return confirmation forms to your homeroom teacher by Friday, August 24th.  Failure to turn in the confirmation form on time will result in detention.  Failure to sign up or failure to complete community service hours on schedule will result in detention Saturday school, administrative disciplinary action, or potential dismissal from Columbus High School.
  • NOTE: For all freshmen or transfer students who completed community service over the summer (pre-approved by Mrs. Boswell), you will sign up for Summer term “Design Your Own.” You are the ONLY students allowed to sign up for the summer term. All other freshmen should sign up according to fall or spring agency offerings.
  • There will be an agency orientation led by your agency facilitator.    Check the daily announcement slide show, school bulletin boards, and the tri-fold board out in front of the auditorium Aug. 22nd – Sept. 7th for FALL orientation times.  IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR WORK YOU SHOULD GO TO THE MAGNET OFFICE OR YOUR FACILITATOR. 
  • This is your job.  If you have any problems YOU should handle it.  Your parent SHOULD NOT CALL FOR YOU.  Steps for handling problems:
  • Go talk to your facilitator.
  • Go talk to Mrs. Boswell in the Magnet Office.
  • DO NOT HAVE YOUR PARENT CALL THE AGENCY.  Your parents may call me if you have a major problem that requires their intervention.
  • Note that page 6of the Community Service book has the due dates for completion of your community service hours.
  • Summer: August 20th, 2018
  • Fall: December 3rd, 2018
  • Spring: April 29th, 2019

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