Pikes Peak Christian School

Christ-Centered Excellence

Pikes Peak

Bridge of Service Program

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Purpose
The purpose of the Pikes Peak Christian High School Bridge of Service Program is to encourage every high school student to begin or continue to foster an attitude of life-long involvement in their community through actions of love and kindness in the name of Jesus Christ. In response to the unmerited love and grace provided by God, it is our desire to see students build a bridge of relationship and love through action to others now and throughout their lives.
 
Service Credit
Each student is expected to participate in the following minimum hours of service in high school:
  • Freshmen year : 12 hours
  • Sophomore year: 12 hours
  • Junior year: 12 hours
  • Senior year: 12 hours
 
Each school year, the amount of hours completed by a student will be recorded on their official transcript in percentage form. Completing the expected 12 hours will reflect 100% service credit completion. Up to 24 hours of service credit (200%) will be recorded per year on the official transcript.
 
Service Guidelines
What does not qualify for service?
  • Any work where pay or reimbursement is received
  • Any work where family members are the recipients
  • School extracurricular, student/teacher aide, or class related activities
  • Any work for a profit-making business or organization
  • Any work done for court required or any other disciplinary action
 
What does qualify for service?
  • Up to five (5) hours of work in school sanctioned non-extracurricular activities
  • Hearts and Hands, Fall festival, School Auction, Bridge Project class activity
  • Work done for non-profit organizations
  • Church, youth ministries, mission organizations, camps
  • Work done for individuals, community groups
  • Elderly, disabled, disadvantaged, homeless
  • Each hour of National Honor Society service will receive only half an hour credit for this program
  • Student service hours may be earned in the summer and will be credited to the following school year. (Ex. 8 hours of work as an unpaid camp counselor)
Students must receive a minimum of seven (7) service hours in their community, as many hours out side of the school may be done by the student as desired. Many opportunities can be found through a local church youth group. As this program grows, PPCS will build a listing of community organizations that students can be involved in.
 
If the activity does not seem to violate any of the non-service guidelines, but there is still uncertainty as to if it is a viable service, ask the following questions:
  • Is the activity the student is going to engage in completely voluntary? Is it their choice to do it with no mandates or requirements to attend or act?
If the student has the explicit freedom to not participate, then it is voluntary. If the student must attend, even if there is no grade, than it is not voluntary. Volunteerism is a key element of this program.
 
Submitting Hours for Credit
Students can download the Service Verification Form  (pdf file) or request a copy from the school office. The form must be completed to include signature of the supervising adult and the parent after the service work is completed. The student is to turn in the Service Verification Form into their Sponsor teacher when it is completed. It is recommended that forms are turned in as they are completed (not saved until the end of the year) and that families make personal copies for their own records to help track student service hours.
 
The PPCS administration does reserve the right to determine what activities qualify for legitimate service before or after they are performed. This may include contacting the individual or organization served.
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