SLA’s Required Service Hours: A Community Perspective
Here at South Lancaster Academy students log a minimum of 80 hours to graduate. There are so many different service opportunities available throughout the community, yet most students view community service as a chore. Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t view volunteering as a requirement but rather as an opportunity to learn, mature, network, and witness.
There is an aspect to community service that most often we forget; that of witnessing. The word witnessing encompass many things. For instance one could witness about their faith, understandings, and points of view, or drive for various causes. In doing any work or assistance, there is always a chance to have an impact or influence on the people, place, and community around you.
Another reason why taking time to give back to your community through various services is the chance to mature in many ways. The opportunity for a person to mature and learn as they do something beneficial is not always easy to find. But if you are doing community service the chance is always there. If you are working with the elderly then you may obtain some wise wisdom from spending time with them. If you were to work with animals, you might get a better understanding of the aspects of nurturing that people and animals alike need. The possibilities are endless because in doing community service, a person is apt to learn so many things about where they come from. who they are, their culture, and their history.
The last, but certainly not the least reason for doing community service would be to network. This is the process of obtaining connections that may later on be resourceful in getting a job interview or a reference for either school or work. Since networking is so key when it comes to getting ahead in society today, one can also view community service as a way to advance themselves and equip themselves for the future.
In the end community service is what you make it. No matter what category or area you help out it, the best way to get the most our of your service time is to look at it in a new light; a community perspective!
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