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We want our children to be well-rounded individuals in touch with the world around them. Therefore, we should seriously consider the importance of community service and volunteer hours for them. Rebekah has given us the details we need to remember for fulfilling those hours.

In some states, it is required that students have a certain number of volunteer hours in order to graduate.  Florida is not one of those states, but you can use 75 volunteer hours to count as half a credit of elective, having a total of 150 hours for a full class credit. If you use those hours as a high school, you cannot use them as hours toward your total for scholarships.

Community and volunteer hours are required for Bright Futures Scholarships:

Florida Academic Scholar- 100 hours
Florida Medallion Scholar- 75 hours
Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholar-30 hours

There is a subtle difference between community service and volunteer hours:


Whichever you choose, the most important thing is that all hours are documented. The maximum hours you can count for one event is 40 hours. Here at The Homeschool Connection, we provide the following sheets for our students and supervisors. It keeps the hours all in one place, and makes it easy to turn them in before graduation.

We’d love to hear your great ideas for community service! Tell us about them in the comments below. You will find additional pins below:

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