Should community service be required?

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Should community service be required?

Conner McCormick

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In a growing community such as ours, any community service given could have a big impact. Where else to look than your own school, right? Schools are a big part of the community, so should schools make community service a requirement to graduate?

Everyone knows that the middle school does have community service as a requirement, and it wasn’t that bad, was it? ¨No they shouldn’t make community service required like the middle school, because high school students have more responsibilities like actual jobs and things to worry about.¨

On the con side, community service should be a choice of free will and would probably look better on an application if you had community service hours that you yourself had volunteered for out of your own free will. Also, someone who is volunteering out of it being mandatory probably won’t work at the level of which the community needs or won´t try very hard, therefore making themselves more of a burden.

On the pro side, community service can teach you valuable life lessons, whether you wanted it or not. Making it a requirement can also be a doorway to hopefully making you more involved in your community and want you to take a bigger role in helping, admiring, and respecting your community. Community service should come out of a person’s passion and interest in their community; it would take from the experience if you only did it out of fear of not graduating.

So the choice is really up to you, right now community service is not required, but that might change. Do you know what you are going to do if it becomes mandatory? If so, maybe try doing that while it still isn’t mandatory and become a bigger part of your community. If not, try to find out how you can make a bigger difference in your community.

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