Students who meet SAHS's service requirements can earn a Varsity Letter. In addition to earning an SAHS letter, students may also apply for the national Presidential Volunteer Service Award. All students in grades 9 – 12 are eligible to apply and may earn a letter each year they participate.
Community Service Varsity Letter
Stillwater Area Schools has partnered with Community Thread to recognize and reward students for their volunteer efforts in the community by offering a Varsity Letter in Community Service. The program started as a way to recognize students for their efforts to make a difference locally and around the world. To earn a letter, students must complete at least 100 hours of community service, with half of that time spent working with a specific cause. In the past, students have volunteered with local churches, senior centers, hunger-related organizations, and took part in mission trips around the world. In addition to completing the hours, students must obtain two letters of recommendation and complete a recollection project about their service.
Complete and begin maintaining the Log Your Hours form
SAHS Lettering Requirements:
100 hours of unpaid volunteer service completed between August 1 and July 31 of the current school year.
At least 50 hours must be completed through one agency or for one cause. The intention is to ensure understanding and sustain a meaningful commitment to a selected social issue that is personally relevant to the student (e.g. homelessness, elderly, poverty, equity, literacy, faith organizations, environment, health care, justice, and community).
A record (phone number/email) of all service hours verified by an adult supervisor.
Two recommendation letters from organizations or people served describing your service and performance. Note that parent/guardian letters do not qualify.
Reflection Project - A written reflection, journal, video, song, work of art, children's book, presentation or other project based upon sustained service with one agency or in one area of need.
Digital photos (3-5) of you involved in or performing your service.
Attendance at the majority of monthly meetings.
President's Volunteer Service Award
The President's Volunteer Service Award is separate from the Varsity Letter in Community Service. Students are eligible to receive both their varsity letter in community service and their President's Volunteer Service Award. All students in grades 7-12 are eligible to apply and can earn the award each year. The award recognizes individuals in the United States who have achieved the required number of hours over a 12-month period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime. Hour requirements are based on age. See below link if interested in this award.