Pioneer Valley Christian Academy

Community Service

Extra Mile Ministries Service Program – Matthew 5:41

Service is an important part of a comprehensive Christian education. Scripture tells us that we should serve one another in love (Galatians 5:13) and bring glory to the Father. Scripture also teaches us to “Let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven” Matthew 5:16. As followers of Jesus Christ, we should always strive to serve others.

Guidelines

Seventy-two service hours are a requirement for graduation. Examples of service opportunities are listed in the four categories below: church, missions, school, and community.

Annual service hour requirements:

Grades 9-10      8 hours per semester (16 per year)
Grades 11-12    10 hours per semester (20 per year)

Students may begin working on fall service hours during the summer, and spring service hours beginning in January. Service hours, beyond the required amount, may not be carried over from the first semester to the second semester. Documentation for completed service hours must be submitted in January and May to the high school office.

Categories for Christian Service

Missions – opportunities could include, but are not limited to: vacation Bible school, summer work camps, and mission trips. This category can also be used for community service, but may not exceed the amount of service required in one semester. For example: a summer mission trip of 35 hours or more will fulfill the required fall service hours.

School – opportunities could include, but are not limited to: voluntary work as a classroom or office assistant for the school or participation in school-sponsored workdays or events (maximum of 4 hours permitted for workdays).

Community – opportunities could include, but are not limited to: service to community organizations, school-organized service projects, or neighbors in the form of yard work, assistance with moving, or babysitting without pay (service to relatives does not qualify for this program).

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