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Community Service (Handbook Information)
  • Community service allows our students to reflect on the difference they are making in society.  Students involved in a community service project may find themselves gaining greater understanding of their roles in the community, as well as the impact of their contributions towards those in need of service.  Because community service outlets vary, those who serve are exposed to many different kinds of people, environments, and situations.


    With each new community service project, students may gain insightful experience in a variety of areas.  Participants may also internalize the information that they found personally insightful for future use.  While simply performing community service is valuable to the recipients, those serving often find it beneficial to pause and reflect on how they are changing society for the better.  Participants may find that the giving of themselves to the public good may result in a more solidified view of self and purpose.


    Those involved in community service learning may also find that after serving the community for an extended period of time, they have an advantage in real-world experience.  Eventually, the skills and knowledge obtained while working with the community may be applied in future areas of work.  Community service may also increase a participant’s social connectivity.  Because most community service opportunities allow others to interact and work with other individuals, this service may help volunteers network and connect with others towards a common goal.


    Cape Fear Academy views community service as an integral part of the learning experience. Upper School students must perform a minimum of 72 hours as a graduation requirement (prorated for students who attend CFA for fewer than four years). Students must contribute a minimum of 18 hours each year, 9 per semester. No matter the amount of hours completed first semester, all students must complete 9 hours during the second semester.  Students who have not submitted a minimum of required hours by the end of each semester during the school year may be required to attend a community service project or projects in the week following exams. Seniors must have submitted their required hours for graduation for approval by the first day of exams. The community service advisor and Student Government service VP will run periodic checks at the interim and semester to confirm students are completing their required service hours. The community service advisor will send out a periodic list of names to parents of the students not turning in their hours in a timely manner. All community service hours must be turned in to the Upper School Office on the community service form for approval within 30 days of the performed hours to receive the credit. Summer hours must be turned in by October 1st.  Summer community service hours cannot exceed more than 9 hours and will be applied to 1st semester.  All community service will be performed off-campus.


    Students who do not meet the required minimum 18 hours per year (9 hours per semester, regardless of the community service hours earned in a previous year or semester) will lose off-campus privileges and/or unrestricted study hall privileges and/or be assigned 25 additional community service hours.  Students not meeting the yearly required community service hours will not be promoted to the next grade level until all necessary hours are completed.  Seniors will not be allowed to participate in Salute to Seniors or Graduation ceremonies until all hours are completed and documented in the Upper School Office.  


    Community service is service provided to those groups and organizations in our community who without volunteers could not exist.  Below is a listing of organizations for whom our students have volunteered; many more exist in addition to this list:


    American Red Cross   

    Salvation Army

    Cape Fear Children’s Museum

    Vintage Values

    Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard                          

    Soup Kitchens

    Good Shepherd House

    Clothed in Love

    Special Olympics

    Coastal Therapeutic Riding Program

    Literacy Council

    Habitat for Humanity

    Domestic Violence Shelter

    Top Soccer for handicapped children

    Non-profit walks/runs

    Toys for Tots

                    Teen Court

                    Curbside Cafe

Community Service Forms

**Please see the attached community service form**  For more information, please contact Ms. Karen Federico, Community Service Advisor, or the SGA Community Service VP for community service opportunities***

Leigh Ann Hodges,
Dec 1, 2014, 7:02 AM