Since 1999, one of the requirements for all students in Ontario secondary schools has been to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities in order to achieve their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. This requirement is designed to encourage students to develop awareness and understanding of civic responsibility and the role they can play in supporting and strengthening their communities. Although students are to be informed of the community involvement requirement while in Grades 7 and 8, they haven’t been able to start completing these hours until September of the year they officially registered in grade 9.
I am pleased to announce that the Ministry is amending the community involvement graduation requirement. Effective July 1, 2011, students will be able to start accumulating community involvement hours in the summer before they enter grade 9. Research shows that early involvement in community service helps students build a spirit of civic responsibility, which can be expanded as they move through secondary school.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
D. Sornberger, Principal
Leslie Frost P.S.