From Community Service: Help Your Child Get Summer Service Hours
Popsicles, lemonade, a hammock and you! Ah, summer is so relaxing, isn't it? Or are you like us—in a car, air conditioner humming, the back seat full of children on their way to dozens of activities? If this is you, and you are also trying to fit in that conversation or helpful hint about service requirement hours, we're here to help. Here is the work flow, so you can help your child figure out how to have both a meaningful experience, and get those hours recorded in our database.
1. Check in to see what your son or daughter has already accomplished in this area. You may have kept a list or have it in your head. The deal begins during the summer after eighth grade if they want to get started early on Upper School hours, although younger children have a harder time getting placed. If you need information from us about what we have already recorded, we would be happy to look. Call us at 781-320-7262, or 7261 but email is maybe the easiest way to connect.
2. Understand what has to happen. The site your child chooses must be a not for profit organization that uses volunteers to help them do their work. If you have any question about whether or not this site will work, please email us with the name, and we will let you know quickly. Your child must not be paid in any way for his or her service (scouting credit, money, etc.) We would love to pre-approve the site, and record what your son or daughter is doing in the database so we can look for journals, and get the evaluation if the site forgets. The more we know, the more we can be helpful and supportive to your child's endeavor.
3. Communicate often and early about the result. Your son or daughter had an experience out there in the world. a) Reflection about it is best done at the time. Here are the specifications for the journal entries he or she should write: typed, (six entries in all), one and a half double-spaced entries due as soon as the service ends, sent via email to Linda Hurley or to Sandra MacQuinn. We keep them and credit them, and add the evaluation from the site to their page in the database. They only need one set of these for all four years of their Upper School Service. b) The evaluation: click here to access or you can also find it on the Nobles website, in both the student and parent protected pages. It asks the immediate supervisor to fill out a short report attesting to what your child did, and what he or she thought about the quality of your child's work. At the bottom it asks them to confer credit in hours served. We call many of these folks to check in, and thank them.
4. The requirement is 80 hours over the four years of Upper School. Your child can do this in small pieces, all at once, or in a couple of projects. Summer is a great time, but surely not the only time. All-year projects, runs and walks, student-sponsored events, and Afternoon Program options abound.
But if summer is your option of choice, we are here to support and inform and suggest ideas for completion. Now go get that glass of lemonade. Heck, make it iced tea! You'll earn it, helping your child decide on a project, and probably get there as well!
Sandi MacQuinn and Linda Hurley