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Community Service
BLS Community Service Overview

All students in grades 8-12 are now eligible to count community service hours they complete towards their graduation requirement. Below, you will find the updated policy and some suggestions on how to find service opportunities.

-Each student must complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified community service. 50 of these hours must be completed in school and another 50 hours must be completed outside of school. In cases of extreme hardship, a student may be granted a waiver from outside-of-school service. Completing more than 100 hours of service in or outside of school will not satisfy the requirement on its own.

-This is a minimum requirement. Students are strongly encouraged to continue their community service once they have completed the 100 hour minimum requirement. Students with exemplary community service will be recognized by the Boston Latin School community.
- Documentation must be provided in order to verify the completion of the community service hours. First, the student should fill out a community service form and check either the in-school or outside-of-school box. Along with this form he or she must submit a letter from a supervisor verifying the hours spent helping. In-school service does not require letterhead, but service accrued with an outside organization must be on the letterhead of that organization. Verification letters should include the full name of the student, the total number of hours completed, and the corresponding dates when the service was done.

-Each student is responsible for keeping all verification forms (letters from outside organizations, notes from in-school supervisors etc.) in a safe place. It is strongly recommended that students keep a folder containing all the forms at home. Students may be called on to produce these forms if questions arise about their service.

Please email Mr. Kennelly (tkennelly@bostonpublicschools.org) if you have any questions or feedback about the community service policy.



Volunteer with Team, the Teen Autism Program at Boston Medical Center


MLK Day of Service at BLS, January 15, 2019
Sign up here to participate in the annual MLK Day of Service at Boston Latin School. Join 600+ members of the community including the Mayor, Superintendent, City Counselors, Headmaster and your friends!!!

After School Tutoring
Volunteer at Georgetown Homes. Click here for more info

BLS Supporting Victims of Hurricane Harvey
As we return to school after Labor Day, the BLS and BPS communities will be coming together to support victims of Hurricane Harvey, particularly schools, students and teachers in the Houston area.  For information on how you can help immediately click here.  BLS initiatives will be announced in coming weeks.  If your student organization would like to coordinate efforts contact Mr. Kennelly or Ms. Verano.

Spring Community Service Fair, April 4 after school in the dining hall
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15+ community organizations will be in attendance at the fall community service fair from 2:15-3:00 in the BLS dining hall.  Come find a local agency where you can complete your 50+ hours of out of school community service.  Refreshments served.

For a list of 40+ community agencies where BLS students volunteer click here.

Access the current Community Service Spotlight here.

Read about BLS Community Service Star Emily Gniado in The Boston Globe

Boston Globe article on Harvard's position on service
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/01/20/harvard-report-says-not-just-brains-but-heart-should-count-college-admissions/QnKu9yyrZJIzRey1wY8FDI/story.html


Past Events & Opportunities


MLK Day of Service at Boston Latin School
Join students and adults from throughout Boston at the Boston Cares Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Boston Latin School on Monday January 16, 2017  from 10:00-1:00.  Serve the community, make new friends, honor Dr. King and earn BLS community service hours.
You must preregister at BostonCares.org

BLS Fall Community Service Fair, October 6, 2:15, BLS dining hall
Need community service??  20+ community organizations will be at BLS looking for students that are interested in volunteering with their organizations.  Connect. Serve. Earn community service hours.

Tutoring at Up Academy in Dorchester

Where: UP Academy Dorchester, 35 Westville Street, Dorchester, MA

Who: Responsible* high school students in need of service hours and excited about teaching younger students

What: Afternoon tutoring for middle school students, specifically in math, ELA, and ISEE prep

When: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 2:30-4:30pm; possible other afternoons available upon request

How: Contact Ms. Espy at eespy@upacademydorchester.org with preferred subject and hours needed

Technology Goes Home is looking for multilingual volunteers.  See the attachments below for additional information

MLK Community Service Day at Boston Latin School
Join students and adults from throughout Boston at the Boston Cares Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Boston Latin School on Monday January 18, 2016  from 10:00-1:00.  Serve the community, make new friends, honor Dr. King and earn BLS community service hours.
You must preregister at: bostoncares.org/MLK_day

Martin Richard Foundation Challenger Soccer Program
is looking for volunteers.  Click here for more information

Harvard Think Globally Act Locally one day student conference. Click here for more info

New Volunteer Opportunity
Are you passionate about equity in education? College access? Community service? The College Success Academy (CSA) at The Steppingstone Foundation is an academic and social-emotional program that prepares underserved Boston Public Schools students to succeed in high school and graduate from college. CSA is currently looking for volunteer tutors to provide one-on-one academic and mentoring services at our after-school program on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Edison K-8 in Brighton. If you are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity please reach out to Enya O'Riordan, Program Assistant, at eoriordan@tsf.org.

BLS Community Service Overview


All students in grades 8-12 are now eligible to count community service hours they complete towards their graduation requirement. Below, you will find the updated policy and some suggestions on how to find service opportunities.

-Each student must complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified community service. 50 of these hours must be completed in school and another 50 hours must be completed outside of school. In cases of extreme hardship, a student may be granted a waiver from outside-of-school service. Completing more than 100 hours of service in or outside of school will not satisfy the requirement on its own.

-This is a minimum requirement. Students are strongly encouraged to continue their community service once they have completed the 100 hour minimum requirement. Students with exemplary community service will be recognized by the Boston Latin School community.
- Documentation must be provided in order to verify the completion of the community service hours. First, the student should fill out a community service form and check either the in-school or outside-of-school box. Along with this form he or she must submit a letter from a supervisor verifying the hours spent helping. In-school service does not require letterhead, but service accrued with an outside organization must be on the letterhead of that organization. Verification letters should include the full name of the student, the total number of hours completed, and the corresponding dates when the service was done.

-Each student is responsible for keeping all verification forms (letters from outside organizations, notes from in-school supervisors etc.) in a safe place. It is strongly recommended that students keep a folder containing all the forms at home. Students may be called on to produce these forms if questions arise about their service.

Please email Mr. Kennelly (tkennelly@bostonpublicschools.org) if you have any questions or feedback about the community service policy.