What information must I obtain from the supervisor of my service activity?
Answer: A name, phone number and email address must be obtained for the supervisor of your service activity. This must be an adult, and it may not be a parent or relative. For specific cases in which the supervisor is related to the student, please check with the service coordinator.
What are the deadlines to submit service hours?
Answer: Deadlines for service hour submission will be determined according to the academic calendar each year. Deadlines are clearly posted and students are responsible for knowing the deadlines and submitting their hours on time.
Half of the yearly service requirement must be completed in the first semester. Check back for the specific deadlines on this web page.
How do service hours affect religion grades?
Answer: The completion of service hours is counted as a test grade in religion class each semester. Incomplete hours will result in a “0” test grade. Half of the yearly service requirement must be completed in the first semester.
Is there a graduation requirement regarding service hours?
Answer: Yes. Students in Grades 9-12 must earn 30 hours each year for a total for 120 hours to complete the service hour requirement for graduation. If a student has not met these requirements, he or she will not be eligible to graduate.
Can my child earn service hours by helping family members or neighbors with various tasks?
Answer: No. We hope that your child will do things of this nature to support and assist family because it is the right thing to do, not because they want to earn service hours.
Helping with chores around the house, babysitting younger cousins, helping grandma decorate a Christmas tree or mowing an aunt’s lawn are all wonderful. But they do not count for service hours in the Saint Joseph Gospel Service Program.
Can students earn all of their hours during the summer?
Answer: Yes, students may earn all of their hours during the summer as long as they are completed in accordance with the service guidelines. We encourage students to continue their service throughout the school year.
Are there special recognition awards for service hour completion?
Answer: Certainly. At the end of each school year, awards are given for earning twice the amount of required service hours and for the student in each grade who has completed the most service hours.
When a student graduates from Saint Joseph, if he or she has earned twice the amount of required hours during Grades 9-12 (240+), he or she will receive a special red service cord.