The goal of Dowling Catholic’s Christian Service Hour program is to ensure that students are seeking to serve the community, the world at large, and to see Christ in all people. Christian service is defined as that which takes us beyond a narrow concern for ourselves and moves us to promote the common good and to uphold the human dignity of every person. In the end, we are looking to serve those that are poor, vulnerable or marginalized in the world around us.
Students must complete 80 hours of service for graduation. Ten service hours, along with a 300-word Reflection Paper, must be completed during each semester that a student takes a Theology class. During the semester, Theology teachers will keep track of hours and papers for their students. All hours and papers must be turned in by December 1st (fall semester), and May 1st (spring semester). Those students completing these requirements by the due date will earn an A+, those completing them after the deadline will earn a C, and anyone not completing all requirements will earn an F. Students will earn .25 credits toward graduation for each semester of Christian service. Because Christian service is a graduation requirement, all service hour failures must be remediated prior to graduation.
Over the years, Dowling Catholic faculty, staff, and families have compiled a list of service opportunities and organizations through which hours may be completed. Only service opportunities on the pre-approved list count towards the graduation requirement. When deciding how to complete your service hours, be sure to first consult the list to be sure they will be approved. If an opportunity or organization is not on the list, but you'd like to have your service with them count towards the requirement, consult your Theology teacher about how to get them added to the list. Any service opportunity not included on the list must be pre-approved by a Theology teacher and the Service Hour Committee. A service Verification Form must be completed to receive credit.
Additional service hour guidelines:
Dowling Catholic students have the opportunity to be awarded a Service Cord at graduation. In order to be awarded the DCHS service cord senior students must:
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