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Service (M.O.R.E.)

HOLY SAVIOR
Menard. Out. Reach. Experience.

“Faith in action is love, and love in action is service.  Be the One.”

St. Teresa of Calcutta

The mission statement of Holy Savior Menard Central High School is rooted in Faith Development, Academic Excellence, and Service. In the Menard OutReach Experience Project (MORE Project), the school provides students an opportunity to grow in all three areas of our mission.

CRITERIA FOR THE M.O.R.E. PROJECT

The given parameters are designed to help students plan their service for the school year. The service requirements for all students follow: 

  • A minimum of 16 hours for grades 7, 8, and 9 within the acceptable categories is required each year; 8 hours per semester.
  • A minimum of 24 hours for grades 10, 11, and 12 within the acceptable categories is required each year; 12 hours per semester. 

Blurb and Reflection

Each student will prepare and submit one blurb (250 words minimum; 500 max) and one reflection (500 words minimum; 1000 max) addressing questions that will be posted under “invite.”  Each student is responsible for two blurbs and two reflections throughout the year.  The blurbs will be based on a minimum of half of the hours served at an organization. The reflections will be completed once the required service hours are met on or before the following dates:

Fall Semester

  • First 9 weeks:  Half of the required hours along with the blurb must be completed by October 1.
  • Second 9 weeks: Total service hours and reflection must be completed by December 4. 

Spring Semester

  • Third 9 weeks:  Half of the required hours along with the blurb must be completed by March 1.

  • Fourth 9 weeks:  Total service hours and reflection must be completed by May 1.

MobileServe

Holy Savior Menard will be using the MobileServe app to track all student service hours.  This app logs, tracks, and verifies service.  A startup guide of how to use the app is available on the Religion Department page of the school website. 

MobileServe can be accessed from any internet device.  Students will download the free app on their phones (preferred) or iPad and then create an account at the beginning of the year.  Students will receive instructions on how to use the app in their religion class.  However, students may begin using the app immediately. 

Following is a direct link to a product overview video recap: https://mobileserve.wistia.com/medias/oay1idz6n4

The following criteria must be met for students to receive FULL credit:

Recording Service Hours through MobileServe:

  • The app provides 4 ways to verify hours: Geo Location, Signature of supervisor at the worksite, email of supervisor, and Photo of the Project.  Students must have 2 forms of verification for each project: Signature + one other (Photo, Email, Geo-location).
  • Students must write a description of each project on MobileServe, knowing that the contact person will be able to read the description and reflection.  Students must also write one blurb along with one reflection per project as mentioned above.
  • If it is determined that students submitted to the wrong goal, the Religion Department will change the submission to the other goal and student will receive a notification from MobileServe.  Students must check MobileServe periodically to see if their hours have been approved.
  • A history of approved hours will be recorded on MobileServe. Students can access this history when filling out college resumes and when you begin to fill out college applications.

** Religion teachers will be responsible for confirming the requirements of each student in their classes.

DEADLINES AND GRADING

Deadlines:

Semester 1

  • First 9 weeks: Half of the required hours along with the blurb must be completed by October 1.
  • Second 9 weeks: Total service hours and reflection must be completed by December 4. 

Semester 2

  • Third 9 weeks:  Half of the required hours along with the blurb must be completed by March 1.
  • Fourth 9 weeks:  Total service hours and reflection must be completed by May 1.

Grading Rubric:

1st & 3rd Semester Quiz Grade:

  • Blurb - 25 points; minimum 250 words; maximum 500 (1st & 3rd Nine weeks quiz grade)
  • Hours logged - 25 points (half of service hours must be completed)

2nd & 4th Semester Test Grade:

  • Reflection - 50 points; minimum 500 words; maximum 1000 (2nd & 4th Nine weeks test grade)
  • Hours logged - 50 points
  • Pictures posted of service hours - 50 points (two minimum; four maximum)

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200 points total

   ** The questions to respond to in the blurb will be different for each semester.  They will be posted in the “invite” where students will receive those questions pertaining to service. 

ACCEPTABLE CATEGORIES OF SERVICE

Service Hours can be something done ordinarily for money, such as working in the family business, babysitting, or cutting grass, as long as you do not get paid in any way for your service.

Service Hours cannot be done specifically for family members. We serve our families and honor our father and mother daily. This is to be expected. Accept the challenge to serve those outside of your family.

The following are recommended settings to perform community service, but they do provide limitations:

  • Animal shelters
  • Camps that are service-based (student served as worker, counselor, CHWC)
  • Emergency services (e.g. Red Cross, police, firefighters)
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Buddy Camp
  • Environmental organizations
  • Manna House
  • Homeless shelters
  • Hospitals
  • Housing programs
  • Meal programs
  • Pro-life pregnancy centers
  • Retirement homes
  • School-sponsored community service projects
  • Parish volunteer (Church parish - altar serve, lector, usher)
  • Tutoring program

NOTE:

❖      Failure to complete service hours will result in an overall “0” of the project.  A student must finish hours in order to complete the other requirements of the MORE project. 

❖      Any student who posts inappropriate pictures to the MobileServe app will receive a “0” for the entirety of the project and will be held accountable to the school policy for punishment.