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)

Haverhill Carnival  Saturday March 14:  SignupGenius https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aaba928a3fb6-haverhill

Angling Road Carnival   Saturday March 14: SignupGenius  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4ea8aa23a1fb6-carnival4.

Career Expo   Wednesday March 18:  Attention juniors and seniors, Ms DiMaggio is looking for 6-8 volunteers to help with the next Career Expo on March 18 at either 6:30am-7:30am or 10:30am-11:30am.  Student must have teacher and parent permission to be able to help during 4th hour.  Email [email protected] for details or to signup.

CommuniTeen Read March 18:  Looking for volunteers to help with the Jason Reynolds author visit at Portage Central High School on March 18 at 6:30 pm. You would be able to see his presentation, but we are also looking for help either before the event (help with seating) or after the event (help with book signing). If you are interested, please talk to Mrs. Lisa Miller in the library or email [email protected].

Autism Sports Center Friday March 20:  They are looking for students to help sell pucks at the KWings game at Wings Event Center.  Volunteers need to report to Wings Stadium by 5:30 and then can stay for the game for free.   If interested contact Joanne Walters at Portage Central –  [email protected].  Mrs Walters will also be looking for volunteer for the Autism Walk at Celery Flats on Saturday April 18.

Lake Center Elementary Friday and Saturday March 20-21:  Boys’ Night In (formerly the Mother-Son Event). They need help with set up on Friday March 20 and during the Saturday event itself. There is also some crafting help we need for those IB-ers who need “creative” service hours.  Students can see details and sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/boysnight2020


Portage District Library   Looking for volunteer hours? For more information, please visit portagelibrary.info/kids-teens/volunteers/

Taste of Heaven – they make, package and sell drizzled caramel corn right here in Portage. For more information, email [email protected]g.

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.