Service is an essential component of the Christian life. It is a way that we live out Jesus’ command to love our neighbor as ourselves. It is also an integral part of our school’s Marianist and Ursuline charisms.
The Ursuline Core Value of Service and Social Consciousness and the Marianist Characteristic of Educating for Service, Justice, and Peace, influence our strong emphasis on service in the VASJ community. To this end, the school has service requirements for each division to reinforce service as a key component of discipleship.
Student Service Hour Requirements
NO MONEY OR OTHER COMPENSATION MAY BE RECEIVED FOR SERVICE. A school-based service project will be accepted for only one (1) quarter of service. You will not earn service hours for more than one (1) quarter in this type of service.
Freshmen must complete minimally one community service project that has been organized by the VASJ Campus Ministry department. These projects typically range from 3-5 hours and will take place on a weekend, in the evening or days when school is not in session. Freshmen must participate in one of these planned group projects. It is a graded assignment that will be included in their 4th quarter religion grade. Freshmen are required to write a reflection paper on their experience.
Sophomores must complete minimally 20 hours of community service, equaling five hours during each quarter. Students may complete their service early and/or during the summer before the school year begins. However, a service proposal must be submitted to the Campus Minister before the project begins. The Campus Ministry department will provide a list of pre-approved nonprofit organizations. It is highly encouraged that students complete all of their service hours for the given year with the same organization. Completion of the service project and submission of a proposal form, validation sheet, and reflection paper is a graded assignment and will be included in the quarterly religion grade.
Juniors must complete minimally 24 hours of community service, equaling six hours during each quarter. Students may complete their service early and/or during the summer before the school year begins. However, a service proposal must be submitted to the Campus Minister before the project begins. The Campus Ministry department will provide a list of pre-approved non profit organizations. It is highly encouraged that students complete all of their service hours for the given year with the same organization. Completion of the service project and submission of a proposal form, validation sheet, and reflection paper is a graded assignment and will be included in the quarterly religion grade.
Seniors must participate fully in “Halloween on Campus” and “Christmas on Campus” which are outreach events to area school children. Participation is a graduation requirement for all members of the senior class. Both events take place on the campus of Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School during the school day.
“Halloween on Campus” will take place on Thursday, October 31, 2013. Every senior is responsible for bringing in two bags of candy for trick or treating.
“Christmas on Campus” will take place on Friday, December 6, 2013. Seniors may “adopt a buddy” for the day. This includes purchasing gifts with a value totaling $25 for their buddy. If a senior prefers, he/she may help in other areas, but are still required to make a monetary donation of $25 which will be used to purchase lunch, and supplies.
Completion of a service reflection paper for each event as assigned by the religion teacher is also required.
Viking Service Award
Some students exceed the basic service requirements and generously go beyond meeting the minimum requirements.
To acknowledge these students and to encourage other students to see service as a life-long commitment, those students who meet the guidelines will receive the Viking Service Award. Their accomplishment will be recognized during the student awards ceremonies with an award certificate and will be listed in the graduation program as recipients of this award.
The award will be given to any student who meets or exceeds the following divisional requirements:
- Freshmen – 10 hours beyond the divisional requirement
- Sophomores – 20 hours beyond the divisional requirement
- Juniors – 24 hours beyond the divisional requirement
- Seniors – 30 hours beyond the divisional requirement
Divisional or team service days/projects will not count toward award hours. The service performed must follow the guidelines for service established by the Department of Campus Ministry. Service must be to a non-profit agency. The student must submit verification of the hours of service performed on the validation form established by the Department of Campus Ministry. The validation form can be found in the Student Service Packet listed below.