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Community Service

RHS Community Service Learning

Community Service Learning

Serve your community and earn a credit towards graduation!

Community Service Learning is an approach to teaching and learning in which students use academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs. To learn more about Community Service Learning graduation requirements, visit the district's slide deck.

As a way to help foster civic responsibility, Arkansas Act 648 allows students to earn one credit towards graduation after completing 75 hours of approved community service learning over their high school career (Class of 2024-2026). Starting with the Class of 2027, 75 hours of approved CSL will be required for graduation.

To qualify for the credit, students must upload verified hours to the Community Service Learning Log Sheet

Here is another option for keeping a personal record of your hours.

Community Service Record

Starting with the Class of 2027:

  • Students must complete 75 total hours of community service to graduate.
  • Students can choose where they volunteer their time. Hours must be verified by the organization. Parents/guardians will be responsible for making sure the organization is safe and a good fit for their student.
  • Students can start inputting their hours into their school's Community Service Documentation Form today. Community service hours can be completed between the summer before 9th grade and graduation to attain the 75-hour requirement.
  • Students can reference the Community Service Learning slide deck for links to their school’s CSL documentation form. Verification of hours must be documented and put into the CSL form.

What counts as community service?

Volunteer (unpaid) work for a school, church, non-profit organization, charity, or individual (not a family member)
Court-ordered community service does not count

How to document hours:

Use a spreadsheet or paper form to record hours as they are completed.
Ask an adult supervisor to sign off on your completed work.

Graduate of Promise

60 hours are required to earn the Graduate of Promise honor.

In-person Opportunities

Friendly Bookstore

Contact:  friendlybook@sbcglobal.net

Habitat for Humanity

Contact:  katie@habitatbentoncountyar.org

Camp War Eagle Ozone

People can donate used books and magazines and volunteer by running the store.

Nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home.

Participate in events they set up like Streetfest (trick or treating)

Volunteer to help kids at an after school program (SOAR) or Ozone Elementary.

Samaritan Community Center

Contact:  sgreen@samcc.org

Serves the hurting and hungry of Northwest Arkansas through a compassionate community of staff and volunteers

Goodwill

Helping Hands, Inc

Angel Tree

Available in most stores through Thanksgiving/Christmas

Socks and Cookies

Help work in a small store that will do various activities such as retail, tutoring, fundraising, and sorting out donations

Be a part of a team of volunteers working in a thrift store giving back to the community

Using a child or family’s Christmas list to provide with them they need and want for Christmas

Creating a box with pre packaged food and socks for veterans

Teen Action and Support Center

Teens learn leadership skills by learning/ helping the homeless

Arkansas Public Theater

Help during shows and act as an usher or work at concessions

Self-initiated volunteer opportunities:

Donate to hospitals, retail stores, thrift stores

Sell pre-packaged items (candy/chocolate bars)

Write and send letters to Veterans

Rake leaves/shovel snow

Participate at food banks

Donate blood

Make masks

Virtual Opportunities

Catchafire  

DoSomething
Can create different art projects and upload to slide shows for little children.  

Red Cross
Share red cross content, and write letters to healthcare providers

Be My Eyes
A free mobile app that helps read books, go over nutrition facts, and any other need for the visually  

Storii Times
Set up video calls with elementary children and you can read to them  

Learn To Be
Virtual tutoring for kids of any age.  

Amnesty International
Decode the location of oil spills

Find evidence of drone strikes

Help flag abusive tweets to women politicians in India  

Zooniverse
Help researchers record data about wild animals, space, all kinds of things. Pick your project!

City of Rogers Opportunities

Adult Wellness Center

Animal Shelter

Parks and Rec

Rogers Historical Museum

Northwest Arkansas Opportunities

Children's Advocacy Center of Benton County

Pinwheel Event 

April is National Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention month and each year the Center hosts an event to bring awareness to the issue of child abuse – nationally and in our own community. During pinwheel placement, volunteers rally at the CAC prior to heading out in groups to place pinwheels at our partner agencies around Benton County (DHS office, police stations, etc.).

The Jones Center (Springdale)

Youth Bridge

Crystal Bridges Teen Council

Crystal Bridges

Project Linus

Make Blankets for seriously ill or traumatized children

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