The Silver Cord award is a distinguished graduation award available to WDMCS District seniors who volunteer a minimum of 50 hours during every year of high school.
What is the Silver Cord Program?
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. 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.
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 find out about volunteer opportunities?
The best place to find out about volunteer opportunities is on the WDMCS Community Education Silver Cord Preapproved webpage. A link to this webpage can be found on student Infinite Campus pages under the heading Silver Cord Opportunities. All of the volunteer opportunities posted on the webpage are well suited for students aged 14-18.
How does a student sign up?
There is not an official sign-up for the Silver Cord program. Students who want to participate should decide where they want to volunteer, make sure it is approved for Silver Cord credit, and contact the person in need of volunteers. A student becomes an active participant in the Silver Cord program once the first Silver Cord form has been turned in and recorded on Infinite Campus. Forms can be found online, at the Valley Southwoods office, the Valley Counseling Center, or the Walnut Creek Campus Service Learning office.
Where can a student get more information?
Detailed guidelines about participating in the Silver Cord program are provided on the back of the Silver Cord forms. The guidelines cover forms, summer service, acceptable/non-acceptable activities, and deadlines for credit. For additional information please contact the Silver Cord Coordinator.
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