Love in Action is
St. Jose Sanchez del Rio Catholic School
Student Service Program
Provide opportunities for students to learn more about their school, local parish, and community while exploring different personal interests
Build confidence and problem solving skills while completing various service projects
Develop empathy, gratitude, and a passion for serving others
A service hour program is a lot more than just completing hours and checking it off a to-do list! In order to get the most out of the program and accomplish the goals above, parents need to step back and let the students take the lead. Parents should guide and coach alongside, help them to brainstorm what they are passionate about and would like to do. The more authentic it is, the more the students will get out of it.
Another very important piece is the dialogue about what service is. Service is not doing something nice for a sibling or family member, or cleaning up the kitchen. These are things that we should do in order to be part of a family or community. Service is about going above and beyond (and often out of our comfort zone). Service should be doing something extra or making a sacrifice for others.
How many service hours does my child need to do?
8th Grade = 20 hours (5 hours per quarter)
7th Grade = 16 hours (4 hours per quarter)
6th Grade = 10 hours (2.5 hours per quarter)
5th Grade = 6 hours (1.5 hours per quarter)
Do students get service hours for going to mass?
Students do not receive service hours for going to mass, however they may get a service hour for serving the mass as a choir member, altar server, lector, or greeter. The student's Religion teacher makes the final decision as to the acceptance of service hours submitted.
How do we keep track?
When students complete their hours, the supervising adult signs off on the service hours form. The form is then brought to the student's religion teacher.
Where can I get the service hour forms to fill out?
Have your child request it from his/her teacher or you can download it by clicking here.
Which adult signs off on the service hour form?
The adult directly in charge of the activity signs off on the service. If it is something done with the parent, the parent signs off. If it is something done through the school, the staff member in charge will sign off. It the activity is done at a community organization, the supervising adult will sign the form.
Who makes the final decision on whether it is service or not?
The student's Religion teacher has the ultimate authority to dialogue with a student and let them know if their service is or is not a valid service hour.
What if I have no idea what to do for service hours?
To start, always remember these are the student's service hours, not the parent or guardian. Start with your child and see what they would like to do. Most of our students have been brainstorming with their teachers. Start small… just walking around your neighborhood or a neighborhood park picking up trash is a great place to start. Help your child find what interests them and do some research alongside them online. Ask other parents and help organize some groups so that the students can serve together!
When is everything due?
5th - 8th grade middle school students should complete a certain number of hours per quarter.
Quarter 1 = October 15
Quarter 2 = December 20
Quarter 3 = March 6
Quarter 4 = May 28
If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.