Pope John Paul II High School's Community Service Program develops students who understand service as fundamental and intrinsic to their faith. They demonstrate compassion for victims of injustice and know that they are called to actively commit to building a just society. It is the program's objectives through direct service to others to challenge students' perceptions and stereotypes of those they serve and create empathetic, compassionate and courageous leaders for change. The program is designed to support the School's culture of mutual support for one another and being a people for others. The Community Service program is an extension of this school culture of service into the surrounding community. The school selects and approves placements that permit students to serve others as directly as possible. It is through this contact that not only the lives of those served are changed but the lives of our students. Service experiences are selected and designed to bring about an affective change of heart in our students.
Grade Level Requirements
Service sites must be approved and will be patterned as follows:
Freshmen and Sophomores will participate in school sponsored events and any school approved placement they select.
Juniors will select two service placements which will be approved by the school.
Seniors will select 1 placement for their senior service internship. Seniors will write a substantive paper reflecting on their four year service experience in the context of the Gospel message to love others.
Juniors and Seniors may opt to perform their service hours during the summer. Summer service may be performed out of state/country at approved service sites with approved service agencies.
These service opportunities will be an integral part of each student's Community Period class. The community formed within each Community Period will become a small family of learners focused on helping each other, the greater school community, and the larger South Sound Community.