NOTE that our requirement has always been 40 hours of service performed over 4 years (can be broken down into 10 hours per year), HOWEVER, because of the continued impact of Covid-19, it is possible that we will need to change the requirement.

We will be sending out any changes via emails and through the school email letters sent to students and parents by Mr. Taylor.

Community Service Schedule for Award

Freshmen & New Students: Service must be performed between June 19, 2020 and April 30, 2021.

Upperclassmen: Service must be performed between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021.

Verification Forms must be turned in for EVERY activity counted toward Volunteer Service Award, even those performed after the required 40 hours. 

Deadline for receipt of forms for the President's Volunteer Service Awards is Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Verification Form

Verification Form 

In order to receive community service credit, Verification Forms (with a reflective journal) MUST be turned in to the Community Service Coordinator, preferably within 2 months of completion of the service. This applies to EVERY service activity, even if organized by the Coordinator.

President's Volunteer Service Awards

Award Levels Hours
Bronze 100-174
Silver 175-249


Any student may earn this national award by completing at least 100 hours a year of verified community service according to the Community Service schedule.

Department Contact
  • phone: (617) 993-5981
  • fax: (617) 993-5909
  • email: Alice Melnikoff, Community Service Director

During the school year, frequent emails with lists of current opportunities are sent to all students and parents through the Portal and List-serve.

General Definitions & Guidelines

Community service activities are those which students perform to benefit at least one other unrelated person and for which they receive no compensation or academic credit. Students will be working under the auspices of an organization—town government, school, non-profit organization, hospital, nursing home, or newspaper. Service to benefit for-profit businesses is NOT applied to the requirement, even if the student does not get paid!

Community service may be performed at any time during students’ high school careers, from the summer before freshman year until the last day of classes senior year. This includes free blocks at school as well as all non-school times and vacations within the freshman-to-senior time frame. Activity format is flexible; students may elect to engage in a single activity or many, over an extended or concentrated period of time.

The 40-hour requirement will be prorated for students entering Belmont High School after the freshman year; 10 hours of service will be required for each year at BHS. For example, a student who enters BHS as a junior must complete 20 hours of service in order to graduate.

NOTE TO SENIORS: All hours must be completed and turned in by 4th Quarter Progress Reports in order to participate in senior activities and walk at graduation.

Read more information on the Specific Guidlines page.