Every Catholic high school in the Diocese of Allentown is required to participate in a community service program. The Campus Ministry office oversees the Community Service program at Berks Catholic. Service completed by the student should be either church or community based. Opportunities for community service are made known throughout the school. Prior approval by the Campus Ministry Office is necessary before engaging in the service activity. Favors for family members, friends, individual projects, or compensated service will not qualify toward fulfilling the requirement.Number of community service hours required at Berks Catholic: Grade 9: minimum of 5 hoursGrades 10, 11 and 12: minimum of 10 hours each year.Students are encouraged to serve more than the minimum number of hours. Students who are committed to serving the needs of others and accumulate 200 or more service hours become eligible for Berks Catholic’s Service Honors Program. The Service Honors Program seeks to advance and compliment the goals of the Community Service Program. The Service Honors Program not only expands the actual time a student spends performing Christian service beyond a minimum of five/ten hours per year, but offers an opportunity for us, as a community of faith, to pause to honor those who take the Gospel message of Jesus to serve to another level. Gold Service Honors Program cords are awarded to senior students who have completed a minimum of 200 hours of service during their time as a student at Berks Catholic. These gold cords will be worn by the seniors at Baccalaureate and Graduation, and they serve as a mark of distinction that seeks to honor the graduates who strive to serve others. A student’s community service project, completed with the appropriate supervisory documentation paper, is to be submitted to the Campus Ministry Office by March 1, 2018. It is understood that parents or students themselves provide any necessary transportation. It is also understood that BCHS is released from any responsibility for any accident or injury that might result directly or indirectly from these projects. Failure to fulfill the community service requirement will result in the withholding of report cards, diploma, transcripts and his/her privilege to participate in the prom, senior class trip and Commencement Exercises at the discretion of the administration. The service hour requirement for the 2017-2018 school year must be completed and the necessary paperwork needs to be returned to Mrs. Kase by March 1, 2018. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the service hour forms, which are located outside the Campus Ministry Office, Main Office or may be downloaded at the Berks Catholic Homepage, located under the Parents portal. No service papers will be accepted without the signatures of the supervisor of the service project, as well as the parent.