WAVE History

Westfield Academy Volunteer Experience

In September 1999 the WACS Board of Education adopted four priorities.
   Priority 1 was: To increase self and mutual respect, as well as tolerance, in the total school environment
                            One of the objectives of this priority was to develop a plan for community service as a
                             graduation requirement.

The intent of the community service objective is to instill the value of volunteerism in students at a young age.
To become a responsible, contributing member of society, students need to understand the need their community
has for their participation.

The community service goal that was set by the High School Shared Decision-Making Team:
  • By the year 2005, 50% of the graduating seniors will have demonstrated citizenship by having completed at least 100 hours of community service.

The Middle States Committee changed the goal:
  • By the year 2005, 50% of the graduating seniors will have demonstrated citizenship by having completed at least 60 hours of community service. 
 
To meet this goal, the WAVE Committee proposed the following, and this was adopted as policy by the School Board:

  • All seniors graduating from WACS shall have completed a minimum of 40 hours of community service. A minimum of 10 hours is to be completed each year of high school.
  • The middle States goal is to then be accomplished by encouraging students to exceed this minimum requirement. Various incentive programs will be put in place.
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