Letter to the Editor: Community Service a Burden, Better Options Available

I completely agree with Bryan Koester’s article on community service (“Community Service: A Benefit or a Detriment?” Nov. 22). The idea of community service is to take the time we want to volunteer and give back to the community. But is a requirement to graduate still considered volunteer work? I personally found it hard to make time for community service with the busy schedule I have.

All through high school I have had to make time for so many things and that got hard. This year is my senior year in high school and I had to rule something out to make time for my new job as a nursing assistant. So first on my list to go was cheerleading. I have been a cheerleader for four years. With balancing school, homework, working, making time for friends and family, and also helping out around the house, I couldn’t continue the sport. Now, imagine my surprise when I forgot I had to do 24 hours of community service my senior year, as well.

So on top of all of my daily things to do I need to apply to colleges, decide what I want to major in and try to get community service hours and fill out all the paperwork that goes with it. My classmate made a comment that he finished his community service hours in October and is still working on the paperwork. He said one of the questions he filled out was “What have you learned?” He said his answer to it is, ” I learned that I have a chance to graduate from high school.”

So that brings me back to the question, if we are being forced to have community service hours to graduate, is it still volunteer work? I offer this option: instead of having community service be done on our time, why not have a school-wide project that helps our community in the Auburn district that beautifies our town on school time?

– Samantha Cyr, ’14

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