In an effort to encourage responsible citizenship, Fuqua School students are required to complete 40 hours of community service in the upper school as a requirement for graduation.
Participation in community service provides opportunities for students to become involved in the needs and concerns of others and acquaints them with organizations that work to meet those needs.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours per year; hours accumulated beyond the required 10 will be credited to the following year(s). Any verifiable unpaid service to the community or to approved individuals can be credited toward these required hours. Examples of approved community service activities include Habitat for Humanity projects, civic organization projects, roadside cleanup, hospital and nursing home volunteering, tutoring, coaching and umpiring community sports programs, yard work or grocery shopping for sick or elderly shut-ins. Approved community service may also include work on campus; however, only 15 of the required 40 hours can be performed at Fuqua.
Students who wish complete more than fifteen hours of service for Fuqua School may do so and will become part of the Friends of Fuqua club. Students who perform more than 100 hours of service in the community during their high school years will receive the Silver Service Award. These students will be recognized at the Upper School awards assembly in May and will receive a special cord to wear at commencement.
Documentation forms are available in the Upper School office and should be turned in or mailed to the office no later than April 1. Documentation includes a description of the service activity, number of hours, dates, name of the organization or individual, and an official signature (parent's signature not accepted unless special permission is granted by the Upper School Head).
At the end of the third grading period, students who have not completed their community service hours will be notified by the Upper School office. Students will not be permitted to advance to the next grade until the community service requirement has been fulfilled. Students are encouraged to check periodically to ensure that their hours are up to date and that all forms have been turned in.