Community Service Is A Choice
Students have a lot on their plate when preparing for High School Graduation. The stress of enrolling in college, getting a job, and becoming independent is enough to spin them into a nervous breakdown. Making community service hours a requirement of graduation would be adding unnecessary pressure to them.
When will this community service be performed? Athletes have to practice several times a week after school and have games on weekends. They can’t afford to miss these events. Showing off their sports skills may be their only chance at a scholarship. Some students have jobs after school and need the money to help support their family and/or pay for their own necessities. If students like this get a free pass, then it wouldn’t be fair to the others. What type of community service can be performed during school hours? Transporting students to several locations would be expensive especially to the already underfunded school systems. Also I think adding more requirements to graduation will only increase the amount of High School drop-outs.
Look at this situation from another point of view. When people are made to do something (community service) and they don’t like it or their hearts aren’t into the activity then it isn’t done right. An excellent example would be our local judicial system hands out community service hours as part of a probation sentence. These violators half-ass clean the community grave yards and throw the food on the plates at the soup kitchen like it’s a prison cafeteria line. Where as a person wanting to help would converse with the people in line and lovingly serve the food. Every detail of the grave yard would be perfect because those volunteers wanted to clean the area.
Community Service is a gift from the heart; it can’t be forced upon anyone!