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  • Changes their Perspective

    It will either make them think I never want to do that again or I'm glad I got to do that. It makes a statement in their lives to see a change, help make the change or be the change. It also opens their selfish little eyes to the world outside of their own.

  • Why the hell not?

    Community service records would give students a better chance to get into a good college. Community service is said to look very good on a college application because it shows evolvement and selflessness. Requiring community service would be perfect if you truly care about your students and their future education and careers. It also gets them connected with people in their community of higher power who could write them a recommendation letter in the future.

  • Improves self image

    Students who work as volunteers gain an understanding of their self worth. Teenagers who work in family businesses or farms have a sense of themselves as contributors. This sense of importance is lost when parents do everything for their children. Doing volunteer work allows teenagers to see the value of their work, as well as connecting them to their communities.

  • For the Best

    This is absolutely a good idea. It should be required in order to graduate and receive a diploma, in fact! Community service is a great way to help others and build character. Taking time out of your busy week to help others without a significant benefit for yourself is an amazing way to take part in your community, and would look good on a college application, or even a job application.

  • Yes they should

    The community has done a lot for them by paying for their education and educating them and providing them lunches at lunch in school. Their parents help feed, clothe and house them you get medical and dental care and you get special education when you have a disability paid for by our tax dollars and the law stepped in when you were being abused or neglected so it is important for the student to repay the community that has done so much for them.

  • Community service is a way to be you.

    Being a student myself, I've learned after many years of volunteering that it is precious because you're helping someone. This can range from helping a student with homework they don't understand or serving food at a homeless shelter. Being required to do community service may not please everyone, but when it comes down to it community service pushes your limits. It pushes you to be active in your community instead of being at home and watching television or getting into trouble. For me, community service was a way to be needed because at some times I would feel so stressed out or depressed. Community service can also be so much fun. For example, I was an aide at an art camp for young children and I had a blast. There I was able to create art using clay while helping other kids with their art projects. Nearby to this art camp, there were other aides helping a basketball camp. Throughout the days I would see the aides end up playing basketball to show the kids how to play. Community service should not feel like a burden, but a gift that allows you to be you.

  • Community Service – For the individual and the future

    Community service builds a virtuous character. It establishes selflessness and diligence. Further, many historical figures champion the belief of the Virtuous Citizen like Thomas Jefferson.
    Further, students need building blocks for a successful future. By practicing how to manage community service into their time demonstrates their ability to time-schedule. In addition, community service is a way for students to connect into the real-world.

  • Community Service Would Round Out Their Education

    Yes, high schools should require community service. There is no better way to bring a little of the real world into a high school student’s life. Requiring a certain amount of community service would give a student responsibility for something more than just their grades. It would give them a better view of what goes on in the real world outside of their high school life. Community service might also help some high school students identify areas that they would enjoy working in later on.

  • yes

    High school is all about learning things to help you down the road. One thing that all people should learn is that it is important to help out the place where you live and the people that live there. This gives you a since of community pride and more of a since of belonging.

  • It does so much good!!

    There is nothing wrong with community service. It creates respectful, smart, courageous, protean young adults. Many teens envision prisoners on the side of the road picking up trash when they think of community service, but it's really so much more. If the benefits of community service was taught in school, teens would understand it's importance and improve their communities.

  • Students have more to think about

    I believe that students SHOULD NOT have to complete so many hours of community service to graduate. Many have things they do after school including work, homework, and even sports for their school. Its a struggle between all of that for a student to do community service. School is a place for learning, not for giving back to the community. If students want to give back, they can do it on their own time. But they should not be forced to do something that might be unrealistic for some to achieve, in order to graduate high school and go on to greater things in life.

  • Forced Community Service is More of a Detriment Than a Help

    Community service should not be required in schools for three reasons.
    1. Community service is all about giving back. If you're only doing it to get something out of it, you're missing the point.
    2. Students have so much expected of them already. With sports, clubs, and academics, high school students have a lot on their plates. Requiring them to serve would just take away from their achievements in other areas.
    3. For lower income students, it doesn't make sense. Why should a student do volunteer work when her family is struggling? A paid job would feed her siblings. Volunteer work would not.

  • It should not be necessary

    Students have a lot of things to do already, such as work, homework and sports....I think that students should volunteer not be forced because some students have time but others don't. Also every one knows how economy has been pretty hard on families with low resources and they should not have to worry about something as community service.

  • No. No. Oh, And Did I Mention. . . No.

    It should be a choice of wether or not a student wants to volunteer in their community. Being forced to volunteer wouldn't make that student want to do it anymore than they did before, the only reason they would do the community service is because it is required of them in order to graduate. I do not think it would be smart to require community service, students would feel as though they are trapped and have no sense of freedom.

  • We should report this to the government

    Because it wastes kids times it takes time out of family time and a lot of kids grades go down because they have to do all those hours of community service and they have no time for education so there grades just go down the hill. Also it takes time out of the student earning money from there parents and they wouldn't be able to have money for what they need or what educational thing they need.

  • No thank you, community service!

    It's true that community service is helpful and generous and benefits your health, others and the community, BLAH, BLAH BLAH! Why should teens have pick up other peoples trash or clean other people's building just too graduate? Wanting to do community service comes from interests and being passionate about others-- not the fear of not being able to graduate!

  • No credit allowed

    If community service is required to graduate, this means that some students will try to fill the minimum level that is needed which misdirects the purpose of community service which also makes it a problem of morality. It is the same thing for me. Since I don't really want to do it.

  • Too much going on.

    These kids are just teenagers and we are putting so much stress on them already. Requiring community isn't fair to the kids who already do clubs and extra-curricular activities.By putting so much on their plates it creates a stressful life which is causing kids to drop out of school, drugs, etc.

  • No no no.

    Stupidest thing someone could ever think of to do. I think it's a good thing for students to do community service so they can have more independency at a young age but only for students who are interested in doing so, it shouldn't be required for everyone. Some students now are already making bad grades and wanting to drop out and adding community service in order to get a diploma is just ridiculous.

  • No, High Schools should not require community service.

    Community service should definitely encourage community service, I am not against that but teens have way to much to worry about. Maybe High Schools can offer it for students that want to join in with community service but it should be done with love and a heart to want to help the community, not making students have to help when some may not want to.


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