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Back row, from left: Madison McCreery, Mae Mae Walker, Grace Gourlay, Mary Dunbar; (front) Holman Buchanan, Cameron Lee Trussell, Kendall Causey, McKenzie Robinson, and Hays Dubberly
Jackson Preparatory School has a voluntary Community Service program. The service rendered is not required for graduation. However, significant student service in our local metropolitan Jackson area is recognized at Class Days and Honors Forums each Spring.
Students record service on Community Service Logs and submit them on assigned dates. Community Service Activity Logs are located on the Community Service page in the right column. Click on the link to retrieve a printable log. This year, the logs are due on August 28, January 23 and April 3. Logs are submitted to the Community Service Office in the Senior High or to the Junior High Office for grades 6-9. Senior High students in Service Club use the Service Club Log. Senior High students not involved in Service Club use the regular High School Log. Junior High students use the Junior High Log. The directions for how to record the hours are on the Log. The hours are due at the times listed on the Log.
Submitting your record of work
All hours must be documented. No hours may be signed by a parent. Students may obtain hours through work done for agencies which are non-profit and outreach in nature. Students must do all activities through an organized agency for accountability and protection purposes. Places to serve may have age limits. Please check with Liz Walker or Kelly Headley, Community Service Coordinators, if there are questions. Below are some suggested examples of agencies Prep students have served in the past. This is not an exhaustive list.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Boys and Girls Club
- Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital
- University of Mississippi Medical Center
- Mississippi Museum of Art
- Mississippi Children's Museum
- Mississippi Blood Services
- TOPS Soccer
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
- Peyton's Place of Neighborhood Christian Center
- Neighborhood Christian Center
- Red Cross
- Salvation Army
- Gateway Rescue Center
- Natural Science Museum
- Mississippi Craft Center
- Mississippi Veteran's Home
- Lakeland Nursing Home
- Saint Catherine's Village
- Buford Yerger Nursing Home
- Mississippi Food Network
- The Mustard Seed
- Lantern Medical Clinic
- American Heart Association
- American Cancer Society
- Ronald McDonald House
- The Little Lighthouse
- Mississippi Sports Museum
- Youth Villages
Hours Needed for Annual Recognition
At the close of each 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. Levels are as follows:
|Senior High (10 - 12)
|| 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
|| 50-99 hours
|| Gold Award
|| Platinum Award
What hours are not considered eligible for Class Day and Honors Day certificates?
Hours not eligible: Vacation Bible School, Sunday School teaching, singing in church choir, etc. or any other hours associated with a faith-based place of worship; hours required for other campus organizations; personal Boy Scout or Girl Scout projects.
What about volunteering around Jackson Prep?
We love the idea that service begins at ‘home’ and Prep is your home! We welcome any work you do at Prep! Thank you! To earn a Community Service award at Class Days and Honors Forums please make sure that your hours reflect a percentage of no more than 50% of your hours coming from work done for Prep. So, if you have done 20 hours around Prep, make sure you have balanced your work with 20 hours in an agency in the surrounding community.
How Do I join High School Service Club?
Any high school student in grades 10-12 may join Service Club. An Application Form is located on the right. The deadline to submit an application is September 4, 2015.
What are the requirements for Service Club?
A student is required to attend 5 meetings and render 30 hours a year in service. A community partner is chosen each year in the high school. This partner is a local agency in Jackson, or the surrounding area, that agrees to receive, schedule and educate our student volunteers regarding the agency mission in the community. The community partner concept is a two-way relationship of benefit. Service Club leads the high school in service to the community partner. A student in Service Club completes each year having given at least 10 hours to the partner, 10 hours in service to Jackson Prep, and 10 hours to any other agency of interest in the local area. A member in good standing of Service Club senior year, with a record of 150 hours, (50 of which come from one project) is eligible for consideration of the Honor Cord for Community Service at graduation.
Contact Liz Walker or Kelly Headley with questions.