The IKM-Manning High School encourages students to be contributing members of society by volunteering and participating in acts of community service. Any high school student from the district is eligible to take part in this program to earn Silver Cord recognition on both an annual basis and at Commencement at the completion of their high school career.
- This is a four year program. The hours can be earned at any time during the student’s high school career.
- The career hours goal is 120 hours and the annual goal is 30 hours. The career goal may be prorated for students who transfer in to IKM-Manning High School during or after 9th grade. This will also be true for all IKM-Manning students in the graduating classes of 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 as we transition in to this program (see Awards below).
- Students may begin documenting volunteer hours beginning May 1 of their 8th grade year. Yearly hours are counted from May 1 to April 30.
- Volunteer service hours must meet a clear need, be documented by a non-relative, adult supervisor and have final approval from the Silver Cord Committee.
- Non-acceptable service activities include but are not limited to:
- Working, doing chores, for a family member.
- Simple random acts of kindness (holding a door open, etc.).
- Working for a political party or candidate’s campaign.
- Service that is required as part of disciplinary action (school, court ordered, etc.).
- Travel, meals, and breaks should not be included as service hours.
- Any activity where financial or other compensation is given
- A student may earn a maximum of 12 hours in any one day and no more than 20 hours on any one volunteer project. No more than 60 hours can be from volunteering for a IKM-Manning school organization, group, or club.
- The Silver Cord committee will maintain a list of volunteer opportunities/ideas and may announce service projects eligible for Silver Cord hours. Students will complete Verification of Service forms. Turn completed forms in to the HS Guidance Counselor or Seminar teacher.
- All forms and documentation must be submitted within two weeks of the service/volunteer experience, or within the first two weeks of school if the experience occurred over the summer.
- The Silver Cord Committee will make the final determination regarding service hours acceptance.
- Students who complete and document 30 hours of community service in one school year (May 1-April 30) will be recognized at the HS Awards Night in May and receive a Silver Cord Certificate.
- Students who complete 120 hours of community service during their high school career will be recognized and wear a silver honor cord at their Commencement ceremony.