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Community Service

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Definition: Community Service is defined as the act of willingly and voluntarily responding to needs in the community by giving of one's time, energy and talents towards helping individuals, groups and/or the environment without expecting anything in return. The work is done for and in the greater Jackson metropolitan community and is above what is expected. The motivation is for others and not for self. Jackson Preparatory School does not require Community Service.

Purpose: The goals of the Community Service program are twofold: to allow opportunity for the student to develop a heart of service and to see his/her place in the greater metropolitan Jackson community as a responsible citizen. Serving during the junior high and senior high years gives the student a chance to practice and establish a lifelong pattern of sacrificial service to his/her community.

Types of Service:

Cindy Townsend, Community Service Coordinator
Cindy Townsend

Independent Community Service is volunteer work done in the community by students, either individually or in groups. The responsibility for determining what is appropriate service for each student belongs with that student and his/her parents. The approval of the hours of service for award status at Jackson Preparatory School ultimately rests with the Director of Community Service. The Jackson Prep Board of Trustees or any of its agents are not responsible for any injuries or damages sustained by students as a result of, or in any way connected with, the student’s participation in independent Community Service. These opportunities are obtained through student interest and connections and are also noted through announcements, postings in the student bulletins and the Community Service bulletin board at the school, and on the Community Service page of the Jackson Preparatory School Web site.

Work that is compensated with money or grades (extra credit), or hourly work done for club membership requirements (i.e., National Honor Society), organizations (i.e., Boy Scout Eagle Project, meetings, etc.) or religious institutions (i.e., singing in the choir, helping with V.B.S., teaching Sunday School etc.) cannot be credited in conjunction with a community service award at Jackson Preparatory School. For volunteer work for a political campaign or for mission trip work outside of the Central Mississippi area, a maximum of 10 hours may be allowed per year.

School-Sponsored Projects: There will be opportunities for community service in-school sponsored projects and these projects may occur during the school day. Each project will be limited to a specified number of students and, depending on the nature of the work, may have age or other restrictions. These projects may be offered according to student groupings in the school, and may also be offered as recognition if those individuals have had exemplary records of community service throughout the year. These projects will be under the supervision of the school's Director of Community Service and in coordination with faculty and administration of the school. For any project off campus, students will be required to provide a signed Parental Consent Form to be able to participate.

In-School Service: Throughout the year there are numerous opportunities for students to help on campus (College Fair, Class Day helpers, Green Thumb helpers, etc.), and these opportunities will be announced school-wide as they occur. A maximum of 5 hours may be credited toward a Community Service Award. Work performed while a student is in detention does not count.


Recognition Guidelines:

No verification = no credit! Students will keep a log of their work and hours. This log is located on the Community Service page of the Jackson Preparatory School Web site and may be printed. Please keep a copy of this log for your personal records. There is no need to present any hours before the log deadline. Hours may be grouped together on the line in the log for hours of similar service. The signature of an individual who can verify the quality of work performed must be present on the form. No parent may certify his or her student’s work on this form. This log will be presented to the Director of Community Service at the following deadlines:
Summer 2011 Log: Due August 26, 2010
Fall 2011 Log: Due January 6, 2011
Winter/Spring Log: Due April 4, 2011

Hours needed for recognition

Each year, at the close of the school year Community Service Awards are given in recognition of the student’s work. The final decision for awards levels and work allowed for these levels rests with the Director of Community Service.

Senior High and Ninth Grade Junior High (7-9) Certificate Level
30-59 hours 20-29 hours Bronze Award
60-99 hours 30-49 hours Silver Award
100-199 hours
200+ hours 50-99 hours
100+ hours Gold Award
Platinum Award


The Presidential Volunteer Service Awards

Jackson Prep has become a certifying organization for the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards. The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (The Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities. The President’s Volunteer Service Award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation on behalf of the President of the United States to encourage all Americans to improve their communities through volunteer service and civic participation. This award will be given to those Jackson Prep students who demonstrate outstanding volunteer service and civic participation over the course of a 12-month period. Any student wishing to be considered for this award must present the Director of Community Service with a log record of service in each time period (Summer, Fall and Winter/Spring). No student record will be considered for this certification without some work completed in each time period. The Director of Community Service reserves the right to nominate and certify deserving individuals for this honor. It is not to be assumed that hours completed will equal a nomination from Jackson Prep for this award. Hours and types of service will be taken into consideration at the time of nomination.


Students Ages 14 and younger
Bronze: 50-74 hours
Silver: 75-99 hours
Gold: 100 or more
Students 15-25
Bronze: 100-174 hours
Silver: 175-249 hours
Gold: 250 or more hours