The Silver Cord Program began at Valley High School in the fall of 2001 as a graduation incentive program to promote a lifetime of community service. The award is a graduation award available to WDMCS District seniors who volunteer a minimum of 50 hours during every year of high school. Today, WDMCS Community Education coordinates the program district wide and over 700 students from Valley, Valley Southwoods, and Walnut Creek Campus are volunteering to earn this award. All West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) high school students are encouraged to participate regardless of their GPA, rigor of course study, artistic, or athletic ability.
WDMCS Community Education is excited to announce that the WDMCS Silver Cord program is going paperless with the 2014-15 school year. Beginning with learning about service opportunities, to gaining pre-approvals, to submitting hours for credit – it will all be done online.
Silver Cord Program
When can a student start volunteering to the award?
All WDMCS freshman are eligible to participate in the Silver Cord Program beginning the summer following 8th grade. To earn the Silver Cord Award, high school students must volunteer a minimum of 50 hours each school year.
Why should a student participate?
The purpose of the Silver Cord program is to encourage volunteerism and allow students to experience the joy of giving back to the community. Volunteering can provide a constructive use of time, foster the exploration of career interests, support youth seeking employment and college admission, and gives new graduates the confidence to serve in leadership roles after high school.
How does a student sign up?
Students should complete the onlineapplication to acquire their Silver Cord account.
How does a student find out about volunteer opportunities?
The best place to find out about volunteer opportunities is on the WDMCS Community Education Silver Cord Pre-approved webpage. All of the volunteer opportunities posted on the webpage are well suited for students aged 14-18.
- Early Childhood
- Kids West
- Service Learning
- Read To Me
- Heart Connection
- Silver Cord
- Walnut Creek Campus Days of Service
- President’s Volunteer Award (grades 9-12)
- Summer of Learning
- Tutor Directory