Students volunteering at 2014 Color Run.
The new Milford Service Recognition Program benefits students and non-profit community partners. The changes allow Milford to focus on creating a culture of MEANINGFUL service within the district. Students in grades 7-12, will be empowered to find and engage in worthwhile and relevant opportunities that directly relate to classroom curriculum, student interests, career endeavors, and topics important to the Milford community.
All hours, outside of the school day, that students volunteer for a 501c organization can be tracked over a student's school career. A service resume can be generated to help students market themselves to colleges and the job force. The district will also now have a record of total Volunteer Hours that Milford students are giving back to the community each year. Tracking allows Milford to leverage the power of the large student body for the support of local non-profit organizations. Milford can now provide non-profits with student volunteers that have an authentic and meaningful connection to their cause. Tracking hours also allows Milford to recognize students with two levels of National Awards: The Jefferson Award and the President's Volunteer Service Award. Students are responding positively to these incentives and are excited for the opportunity. The awards allow the district to celebrate the time and talent of ALL students and helps to level the playing the field for students that may not excel with traditional academics or athletics.
Milford also anticipates that the new Service Learning strategies that are being incorporated into classrooms will encourage students to carry on their service projects outside of the school day. This Recognition Program will support the efforts of teachers who are using service in the classroom. In the wise words of Martin Luther King, "The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate."
Beginning on January 1, 2015 all students in grades 7-12 can be recognized for the Community Service they complete for Non-Profit organizations outside of school hours. Volunteer hours will be verified and tracked and all students are eligible to receive prestigious national service awards.
When a student gives 20+ Hours in one calendar year they will be recognized with The Jefferson Award. When a student gives 100+ Hours in one calendar year they will be recognized with The Presidents Volunteer Service Award. Both awards are nationally recognized service awards.
Students volunteering at Matthew 25 Ministries.
Hours will be tracked for volunteer work at any Nonprofit Organization. Go to http://www.guidestar.org/to verify a registered 501c organization. You may also use opportunities found at https://www.ugive.org/ Please take a Verification Form to the organization/activity for verification signature.You may use one sheet for multiple dates at the same location, but you must get each individual date/time signed.