Community Service

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Without community service people would not know the meaning of charity and giving back. It creates a better society and helps improve one’s individuality. Community service carries a reward that is beyond the obvious and tangible. Volunteerism is no longer just a résumé padder for college applications; it has become a graduation requirement for high school students in hundreds of school districts across the nation. Some say that requiring students to volunteer as a part of the graduation requirement is a good experience and will increase their job skills. While others say that it should not be required because students will be unwilling to do the work. High school districts should require community service because keeps students busy and out of trouble, prepares students for the real world and enhances their job skills, and increases their chances of being chosen for some of the top universities.

Community service is not a responsibly or an obligation. It is a commitment, one must want to do it with good intentions and not because they are being forced to do so. Students who volunteer against their will most likely do a poor job compared to those who see it as a hobby. However, requiring community service keeps students busy and out of trouble. By spending most of their time volunteering students are less likely to engage in illegal behavior. Community service also helps relieve peer pressure. “Kids who are involved in community service place more importance on setting high goals for themselves and are less likely to yield to peer pressure (Tiger Woods).”

Those who give back to their community through volunteer work are more successful and responsible people. They are likely to do better in school then those who do not. For example, Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut proposed a bill requiring high school students to complete 100 hours of mandatory community service before graduating. Under this proposal students would have to go to school for eight hours,...
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