Christian Service Program
Pella Christian Service Hour Policy
In response to Christ’s freely given gift of salvation, Christians are called to live a life of service. At PCHS we recognize that many students are already pursuing service opportunities through various church and community organizations, but we desire for all students to develop and experience the joy of serving others. An individual service hour requirement allows students to take ownership and explore service opportunities that meet their personal gifts and interests. Our deep hope is that all PCHS graduates will make Kingdom Service a lifetime habit.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours of service per year.
Students will complete the required service hour form to document their service hour experience.
Students will turn in their completed service hour form to their homeroom teacher.
Homeroom teachers will track service hours for each student throughout the service hour year. The service hour year begins on the first day of summer vacation and runs through Tulip Time the following May.
The Registrar will indicate service hour completion on student transcripts at the end of the school year.
Examples: Acceptable Service Hour Options
Peer tutoring (on a consistent basis)
Lunch serving (on a consistent basis)
Assisting with summer camps
Coaching youth teams
Assisting with non PCHS theatre productions
Fundraisers that support nonprofit organizations
Various Tulip Time booths
Camp counselors (volunteer)
Yard work (for a nonrelative who isn’t able to do yard work themselves)
Habitat for Humanity
Vacation Bible School
Youth group initiated volunteer opportunities
Rehearsals for a worship/praise team
Running a sound, video, or projection system outside of a worship service.
Nursery that is not during a worship service
Examples: Unacceptable Service Hour Options
Blood drives at PCHS
Travel, leisure, or sleeping time during a mission trip
Time spent in which a student could be paid, but choose not to be paid
Activities in which the student receives a tangible benefit
Time spent that benefits the profit of a for-profit company
Time in which students should already be at church
If students have questions about whether an opportunity may count towards his or her service hours, students must check with their homeroom teacher for clarification.
Students are encouraged to turn in all service hours completed, even if there total exceeds 10 hours per year. Recognition may be given to students with outstanding records of service throughout their high school career.
Service hours accumulated in one year cannot be credited to a previous or upcoming school year.