Important Details

Consider WLHS volunteer activities that interest you.  Visit the Silver Cord bulletin board in WLHS, access the Silver Cord opportunities on the West Liberty Schools website, or check  in the high school office.  You will find volunteer activities that qualify for the Silver Cord Program, or develop your own ideas.

Think about what you can do to help in the schools.  Not all service opportunities have to be completed outside of the school day.  Helping with extra-curricular activities, in the library assisting a teacher, or tutoring a fellow student may be considerations for service learning.  You may also assist teachers or students in the lower grades as well.

Complete the Pre-Service Approval Form.  This form can be found in the office or can be downloaded off of the school website.  Submit the Pre-Service approval form to the Silver Cord coordinator, the Principal, or his designee and allow at least 48 hours for approval from the time of submission. A Pre-Service Approval Form must be completed and approved before completing the service activity.   This prevents any misunderstanding of qualifying hours.  If the Pre-Service approval form is not filled out and turned in, service hours are not guaranteed to be awarded.  Silver Cord hours must be for meeting a clearly defined NEED for an agency. social service, group, school-related or community even.  Other activities may apply as determined by the Silver Cord coordinator.  Activities listed on the Silver Cord bulletin board or website or with the office do not need pre-approval.

Complete your service.  Submit your Silver Cord form to the Silver Cord coordinator, Principal, or designee–one form per site.  Forms need to be turned in within 2 weeks of completing the volunteer experience for hours to count toward the recognition award.  Forms and hours should be turned into the high school secretary to be sure they are kept track of.

Choose to be a volunteer again!  The more hours you volunteer, the closer you are to a Silver Cord at graduation.  Remember, the most important thing is giving back to our community.  Your service matters!

Summer service.  Students should pick up Silver Cord forms before the end of the school year to photocopy and use during summer service or download a form from the Silver Cord webpage.  Summer service hours not pre-approved before school is out are not guaranteed to be awarded.  Students should keep completed approval and award forms until they return to school in the fall.  Summer service materials are due by September 15.

Service NOT recognized for the Silver Cord Program.  school activities such as selling merchandise (fundraisers), homecoming events, music or athletic practices, work for one’s family, babysitting or work in which one is paid, participation in self-improvement workshops and clinics, service which is part of an academic, court ordered, or discipline requirement are not allowed as Silver Cord service hours.

Please get approval from the Silver Cord coordinator, Principal, or his designee before completing the volunteer service to be sure hours will count.  All documents must be turned in as directed. Please contact the Principal with any questions.