Community Service at Chenery School

Although it is not mandatory for students at Chenery Middle School to perform community service hours, many students still choose to do so. No task is too big or too small. In the past, some students have gone out on their own and found a way to help a neighbor in need. Others have more formally found organizations in need of volunteers (ex. Food pantry, animal shelter, summer camp, etc.). Although there are occasionally volunteering opportunities in the community presented to students (usually via the CMS weekly list-serv that gets e-mailed out on Fridays), most hours are found independently. That said, the following awards are presented to Grade 6-8 students who meet the following requirements:

  • What Community Service Awards can I earn at CMS?
  • How do I record my hours?

  • President’s Volunteer Service Awards: Any student in grades 6, 7, or 8 may earn this national award by completing at least 50 hours a year of verified community service. The Bronze Award is for students who have met the 50- hour minimum; Silver is for students who perform 75-99 hours; Gold is for students who perform at least 100 hours of service. All service which is performed between May 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019 may be applied toward this award.
  • Herbert P. Baker Community Service Achievement Award: This Chenery service award is for any 6th grade student who completed 25-49 hours of verified community service between May 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019.

Students are responsible for recording their own hours using the following system:

  1. After you perform a service, record it on a “Community Service Record” sheet (which can be found on Mr. Williams’s classroom door, Room 220). Please make sure all items are filled out. (Think of this as your “receipt” and a way to keep track of your hours throughout the year.)
  2. Return your completed form(s) to your Social Studies teacher by May 1, 2019.
  3. Once ALL service has been completed, fill out the electronic form with your TOTAL number of community service hours by May 1, 2019. Please only make ONE entry with your TOTAL amount of hours.
If you need a new sheet, there will always be extra copies available on Mr. Williams’s classroom door, room 220.

Community Service Club

The Community Service Club is open to all 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys and girls, and works to organize programs that benefit others. In addition to scheduled meetings, students are required to volunteer additional time running community service projects such as:

  • Organizing an annual Food Drive to benefit the Belmont Food Pantry (in December)
  • Administering a “Penny Drive” in conjunction with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (in March)
  • Brainstorming and implementing new ideas

The club provides an opportunity for students to participate in altruistic activities that cultivate a sense of empathy, while assisting community members in need.

As an added bonus, all community service club activities count towards community service hours.

Food Drive at Chenery School