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The lend a helping hand school
 
Community Service
 
At Seven Hills, students understand that they have the power to ease the path of someone less fortunate, to wrap a needy child in a warm coat or fill him up with a hot meal.
 
Community service is an important part of the Seven Hills experience, woven into the fabric of daily life, school celebrations, and yes, even graduation requirements. Every Seven Hills upper school student commits to and completes an extensive community service project. But, central as that project is to the Seven Hills experience, many of our students graduate with far more than the required community service hours, giving freely of their time throughout Greater Cincinnati.
 
At all grade levels and throughout the year, Seven Hills students support local food banks, shelters, clinics, and literacy programs. Students volunteer in hospitals, in soup kitchens, and rehab centers. And once they’ve seen what community service is all about, our students often catch the spirit of volunteerism and spearhead their own initiatives: raising funds for microloans to support water sustainability in Africa or choosing to spend their spring break on a trip to Kentucky to join a Habitat for Humanity build.
 
A Seven Hills education equips students to engage with the world in a particular way—with a genuine concern for others and a lively eagerness to make their communities better.

In order to graduate, a student must complete a total of 30 hours of community service (please see timetable below). Those hours must involve direct contact with a disadvataged population such as the elderly, sick, homeless, poor, or handicapped. Students must get their contract approved before starting their service hours.
                                       
Process:
  1. Student discusses ideas in class meetings and with their academic advisor.
  2. Student decides on an agency where they would like to spend their first 15 hours. Click here for examples of approved agencies.
  3. Student downloads the contract here
  4. Student emails the completed contract, including signatures, to Mr. Francis and their academic advisor.
  5. Mr. Francis reviews the contract, and if it is acceptable, Mr. Francis emails the student with approval. If it is not acceptable, Mr. Francis emails the student (and copies academic advisor) and asks for modifications or for a meeting to discuss.
  6. THE CONTRACT SHOULD BE APPROVED BEFORE THE SERVICE HOURS ARE STARTED.
  7. The academic advisor checks in on progress at various stages.
  8. Student completes the first 15 hours.
  9. Student writes a 600-word reflection essay and submits to Mr. Francis and their advisor via email. Please use these CS Essay Prompts when writing the essay.
  10. Student shares their experience in advisory as scheduled by their academic advisor.
  11. The academic advisor informs Mr. Francis that student has shared with the advisory.
  12. Student submits the hours verification form for the first 15 hours (available here) via email to Mr. Francis and copies their academic advisor.
  13. Student chooses an agency for the second 15 hours. They may return to the same agency or go somewhere new.
  14. Student completes the second 15 hours, submits another hours verification form, and writes the second reflection essay. Please use these prompts for the second essay.
  15. Student shares their second experience in advisory, and the advisor informs Mr. Francis.
  16. Mr. Francis checks all paperwork and passes the student.
 
 
Timetable:
Completion of the community service requirement includes finishing the 30 hours, obtaining a signed hours verification sheet, sharing with the advisory, writing the reflection essays, and submitting all documents electronically to Mr. Francis.

  • Class of 2017: Students must complete their community service requirement by the end of the 11th grade.
  • Class of 2018: Students must complete 15 hours of their community service requirement by the end of the first semester of 10th grade. A further 15 hours must be completed by the end of the 11th grade.
  • Class of 2019: Students must complete 15 hours of their community service requirement by the start of the 10th grade. A further 15 hours must be completed by the end of the 11th grade.
  • Class of 2020: Students must complete 15 hours of their community service requirement by the start of the 10th grade. A further 15 hours must be completed by the end of the 11th grade.
 
If students do not meet this timetable, they lose all free bells and senior privileges.
 
Note: All documents must be submitted to Mr. Francis electronically. Paper copies will NOT be accepted.
 
Hillside campus 5400 Red Bank Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45227 513.271.9027 Doherty campus 2726 Johnstone Place Cincinnatio, Ohio 45206