The service letter is awarded to students at Bettendorf High School who perform 50 to 100 hours of community service in the community, and at the high school. RSVP has been working on the volunteer recognition letter for about two years. The goal is to create an award identical to the varsity letter, but focused towards service leadership.
“We wanted to recognize the kids that are doing good in our community,” said Hannah Krug, a lead team member in RSVP.
For one year only, seniors must perform 25 hours of community service and 20 percent of that must be performed at the high school. Freshman through juniors must complete 50 hours of community service, and 20 percent of that must be performed at the high school. If students perform 100 hours of community service, they will receive a pin in addition to the letter.
“So many students are doing volunteer work in our community, and now we can reward them for their service,” said Jimmy Casas, Bettendorf High School principal.
Students are striving to be awarded this recognition letter for the first time, so they can receive more opportunities. Receiving the letter can lead to scholarships, letters of recommendation, and job opportunities. Overall, students get the experience of helping others in their school and in their community.
“The service letter is a good way to get out and help people in the community. It's a good building block towards college and getting jobs,” said Daniel Van Winkle, the RSVP advisor.
All students at the high school are eligible to receive the letter. All hours must be documented via google docs, along with a verification of a parent or supervisor by where the service is performed.
The submitted by March 30, 2016. Community service hours include volunteering through school, churches, hospitals, non-profit agencies, nursing homes, and parks. Students must also receive two letters of recommendation and write a one to two page reflection paper.