PPS Community Service Requirement
State Benchmark 6.2.7: Participate in a service-learning project, reﬂect upon experiences, and evaluate the value of the experience to the American ideal of participation.
In order to meet this state benchmark, our freshmen are required to complete 5 hours of community service each semester. They may count 5 hours from summer for first semester only. They may not volunteer for family (including extended family) or be paid for service. This is includes fundraisers for sports teams/organizations in which they participate. Some qualifying examples are performing work for neighbors, religious organizations, outside agencies and organizations, etc.
Students are required to document their service including a signature from a supervisor on the provided form. These should be completed and turned in to a student’s Social Studies teacher prior to the end of each semester.
Our Social Studies Department has also put together a great flyer with ideas, tips and resources. This is distributed in class at the beginning of the semester.
Often community groups will send us volunteer opportunities, some directly to our Modern American History teachers who post opportunities in their classrooms, and some come directly to our offices. Those will be posted here and students will be directed to check as needed. To have a volunteer opportunity posted here, please email Brenda Marsh.
Current Opportunities (check back as this page is updated often)
Friday October 25: Moorsbridge Fall Harvest Festival: Moorsbridge Elementary needs volunteers Friday October 25 for their Fall Harvest Festival with shifts from 4pm-9:30pm. See their SignUpGenius link for details.
Sat November 23: PN’s Breadlift is scheduled for Saturday November 23, 2019, this fundraiser for the March of Dimes is a great way to earn community service hours. Details will be announced in early November.
CARES (Community AIDS Resource and Education Services) is always looking for volunteers for help put together info packets as well as other general paperwork at their office on Pioneer Street in Kalamazoo. This is a very flexible opportunity and could be just an hour or two, or a regular schedule. Please contact Shane Barrera (PNHS Class of 2017) at [email protected] or call 269-210-7581.
‘Power Up’ Food Packs Hundreds of kids go hungry every day in our community. Although the school works hard to provide food for kids during the week, the school doesn’t have the capacity to provide meals on the weekend. Together with the local schools, Radiant Church provides weekend packs for local kids through Power Up. These packs give kids food to eat for the weekend when they might not otherwise eat. Power Up has been able to provide kids weekend food year round for kids in Portage for the last five years, expanding from a dozen kids in one school to hundreds of kids throughout the city. Packing teams meet once per month at Radiant Church at 6:30pm on most Wednesdays. Email Sarah Allen at [email protected] for details.