Community Service Schedule for Award

Freshmen & New Students: Service must be performed between June 18, 2019 and April 30, 2020.

Upperclassmen: Service must be performed between May 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020.

Seniors: All hours must be completed and turned in by the last day of 3rd quarter in order to participate in senior activities and walk at graduation.

Verification forms must be turned in for EVERY activity counted toward this award, even those performed after the required 40 hours. 

Deadline for receipt of forms for the President's Volunteer Service Awards is Friday, May 1, 2020

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

Community Service Highlights

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

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.