The new graduation requirement for Greenfield School is that each upper school student completes a minimum of 60 hours of community service by the end of his/her senior year. This breaks down to 15 hours each year. Any community service hours earned during summer break can count towards the previous or upcoming school year, as needed. Extra hours earned each year do not roll over to fulfill the required hours in the following year.
All hours must be completed by the first day of school of the following academic year. Students who fail to complete the required hours for the year will not be permitted to participate in sports practices/games or Friday off-campus lunch until their hours are completed.
For graduating seniors, hours must be completed and submitted by May 1st at 5:00 p.m. For upper school community service awards, hours must be submitted by May 1st at 5:00 p.m. to be considered for those awards.
Community service hours should be completed through 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations. Of the 15 total hours required each year, no more than 5 hours may be earned through Greenfield and/or faith-based organizations. (NOTE: Students may petition to receive credit beyond the five hours for service organized and sponsored by a faith-based organization, as long as that activity provides a service to a larger community and serves a constituency, more than 50% of whom are not members of the sponsoring organization). Volunteering is not necessarily the same as community service. Simply working without payment does not qualify. When in doubt, please get prior approval. Fostering animals, mission trips, overnight church camps, and school club functions are not considered community service.