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  • Peoria Christian School Graduation Service Requirement

    Handbook

    Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. I Corinthians 12:4-7

    3506 N. California Avenue Peoria, IL 61603

    (309)686-4500

  • Table of Contents

    Graduation Service Requirement Page 1

    Reasons for the Graduation Service Requirement Page 2

    Graduation Service Requirement Guidelines Page 3

    Checklist for a Good Service Project Page 4

    Graduation Service Requirement Categories Page 4 Description of Graduation Service Requirement Forms Page 5

    Graduation Service Requirement Registration Form Page 6

    Graduation Service Requirement Verification Form Page 12

    Graduation Service Requirement Log Page 14 Community Projects Page 16

  • 1

    GRADUATION SERVICE REQUIREMENT

    Successful completion of the graduation service requirement is necessary for graduation from Peoria Christian School. These procedures will be followed:

    1. A students diploma is withheld until successful completion of the graduation

    service requirement has been verified by the high school guidance counselors.

    2. No graduation date will be placed on the students transcript until successful completion of the graduation service requirement has been verified.

    3. No final and official student transcript will be released until successful completion of the graduation service requirement has been verified.

    4. Once the graduation service requirement has been successfully completed, the

    students diploma and final and official transcript may be released. The graduation date will be the same as the actual graduation ceremony for that class.

    5. Students who have not successfully completed the graduation service requirement by the graduation ceremony may participate in the ceremony only if the student, the parent(s), project supervisor(s), a guidance counselor, and the high school

    principal have all signed a contract detailing the completion of the requirement prior to a date assigned by the high school principal.

    6. If the contract for completion is not complete by the assigned date, the points in 1,2,3, and 4 will apply.

  • 2

    REASONS FOR THE GRADUATION SERVICE REQUIREMENT

    Peoria Christian School desires to reach beyond academic excellence to develop Christlikeness (Mark 10:45; Luke 22:27). We recognize that holiness does not thrive in

    isolation. We need the environment of a body of believers bounded by love and servanthood to enhance our ability to follow Christ. We know that in Christ, all our deepest needs are fully satisfied. This is a liberating truth, and the more we embrace it,

    the more we escape the natural bondage to selfish pursuits. As a Christ-centered community, we strive to reflect Christ in how we relate to others. Believers who grow in

    this understanding become less inclined to exploit and manipulate relationships in order to authenticate their security and significance. We do not need to compare, dominate, and compete with others because of our timeless and unwavering relationship with the

    living God.

    Our graduation service requirement is a means to bridge the gap between theology as an academic discipline and the essence of Christian responsibility as a guide for everyday living. It provides the opportunity to put theology into action. Students are expected to

    participate in service activities and reflection as a continual part of their education at Peoria Christian School, beginning with their freshmen year, and continuing into their

    senior year. Hopefully service will become an important part of their adult lives. Those with a servants heart and eyes will find themselves compelled by love to serve in ways and times beyond the bounds of our graduation service requirement.

    Serving is a spiritual discipline. In the discipline of service, the issue is not always how

    well you serve, for even the world serves well when it leads to profit. As Christians, we understand that service is a means to train ourselves away from arrogance, possessiveness, envy, resentment, and covetousness. It allows us the freedom of humility

    that carries no burdens of appearance. Those who want to train themselves for Christ-like spirituality will find it one of the surest and most practical means of growth. The

    Christian serves with humility because it leads to Christlikeness. Disciplined service to God is work, hard and costly labor sometimes, but it will endure for eternity.

    There is no such thing as spiritual employment or spiritual retirement in the Kingdom of God. We learn from Christs example (John 13:12-16). As believers, we are expected to

    serve, and gifted to serve (Romans 12:7; Psalm 100:2; Hebrews 9:14), and we are motivated by love (Galatians 5:13 II; Corinthians 5:14-15). There is no better fuel for service that burns longer and provides more energy than love. The more we love God the

    more we will live for Him and serve Him, and the more we love others the more we will serve them (Hebrews 6:10; Matthew 25:40; Galatians 6:10).

  • 3

    GRADUATION SERVICE REQUIREMENTS GUIDELINES

    1. Students are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of service prior to graduation. Transfer students, after consultation with one of our guidance

    counselors, will have the number of required hours reduced. 2. Students are to complete 10 hours per year. While we encourage students to

    engage in as many hours of service as possible, we will only log 10 hours of

    service each year towards the total hours needed for graduation. 3. Service projects can be completed during the school year and during the summer.

    Up to 4 hours can be accumulated each year during the summer. 4. All service projects must be registered by the student and approved by a guidance

    counselor before the project begins. No project will receive credit unless this

    guideline has been followed. 5. Senior projects end on May 1. Other grade level projects must end on May 31 of

    each academic year. 6. All completed projects must be evaluated by the project supervisor and student on

    the appropriate green evaluation form.

    7. Students may not receive compensation for service projects. This includes money, gifts, or any other compensation.

    8. Students may not schedule off campus service projects during school hours. 9. Arrangements for ongoing service projects can be made with the guidance

    counselors. This will allow for more spontaneous service opportunities.

    10. Generally, service projects are not completed for family members. We ask students to broaden their sphere of influence to include those outside of friends

    and family. 11. Generally, a project supervisor should not be a family member of the student

    involved in the project. A project supervisor should be a responsible adult

    capable of adequately supervising a minor. 12. Parents should be involved in selecting a suitable project and should monitor the

    project to ensure that the student is well supervised. 13. Students should arrange their service projects on their own by contacting the

    organization/agency directly. Our guidance staff will maintain accurate records

    on each students status for meeting the graduation service requirement. They will assist students by promoting and advertising service opportunities, and will

    act as a resource person for students and parents requesting information about the graduation service requirements.

    14. Even though supervisors are responsible for keeping an accurate record of student

    service hours to report to our guidance staff on the verification form, it is suggested that the student also keep a log of hours served.

    15. Whenever a student, parent, or supervisor becomes aware of inappropriate behavior at a project site, the guidance staff should be contacted immediately so that appropriate action may be undertaken. Examples would include sexual

    harassment, immoral or illegal activity, and a lack of proper supervision.

  • 4

    CHECKLIST FOR A GOOD SERVICE PROJECT

    ____ Utilizes one or more of the students spiritual gifts. ____ Can be seen as furthering the message and ministry of Jesus.

    ____ Brings the student into direct personal service of another person or persons. ____ Provides an educational experience for the participating student that will

    challenge the student beyond what is known and comfortable.

    ____ Is easily verified by a supervisor and thoroughly evaluated by the student. ____ Is well supervised.

    ____ Leaves the student with the knowledge that another persons life has been enhanced due to his/her efforts.

    ____ Consists of several hours of commitment.

    ____ Meets all Graduation Service Requirement guidelines. ____ Has been registered and approved before it is started.

    ____ Is an area of interest to the student.

    GRADUATION SERVICE REQUIREMENT CATEGORIES

    The graduation service requirement allows for projects in the following areas: SERVICE TO THE CHURCH

    Students are encouraged to become involved in projects within their church. Opportunities will vary from church to church depending on size, church needs, and

    location. Some general ideas include childrens ministry, nursing home ministries, after-care programs, and food pantry programs.

    1. Contact your pastor,

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