Community Service

At Alton High School we believe in the importance of giving back to one's community and assisting others in need.  Aside from the direct benefits garnered by the recipients of community service, our students benefit in many ways.  Offering support to others brings personal satisfaction, helps to develop a healthy sense of self-worth, and instills compassion for those less fortunate.  Students may also earn up to one full credit hour by obtaining community service hours.  

Not a Graduation Requirement

Community service is not a graduation requirement.  Although it is not required to graduate, students must have 25 Hours of community service to meet part of the College and Career Readiness Indicator requirements through ISBE.  The documentation form is below for verification of community service hours.

Reporting Community Service Hours

Please fill out a Community Service Application, have the service supervisor sign the form, and submit the form to the Guidance Office. We recommend students keep a copy of their form(s) in a personal folder at home should there ever be a question over hours served. 

Community Service Guidelines

Community service is generally considered to be those actions that are done with or on behalf of others outside the immediate family without any direct financial or material compensation to the individual performing the service. Students may perform one single type of service or many different kinds, and service may be performed all during the same period or over an extended time.  Note, however, that colleges favor consistent experiences that demonstrate a student's passion for a given charitable organization or type of service that really interests the student.
Examples of the kinds of service some of our students currently assist with include: helping at senior facilities, soup kitchens, food pantries, hospitals, working at Beverly Farms, or volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club of Alton.