Silver Cord FAQs

  • Why should a student participate?

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    The purpose of the Silver Cord program is to encourage volunteerism and give students an opportunity to experience the joy of giving back to the community. Volunteering  provides a constructive use of time, fosters the exploration of career interests, supports youth seeking employment and college admission, and gives new graduates the confidence to serve in leadership roles after high school.

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  • When can a student start volunteering to earn their Silver Cord?

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    All WDMCS students are eligible to participate in the Silver Cord Program beginning the summer following eighth grade. To earn the Silver Cord Award, high school students must volunteer a minimum of 50 hours for three or more non-profits during all four years of high school. The Silver Cord year runs from June 1-May 31.

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  • How does a student sign up?

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    Starting May 1, incoming freshman can complete the online registration form to set up their Silver Cord account. Once registered, students will receive an email with information on how to log in to their online account.

    Incoming freshman can start volunteering and submitting hours for credit for the next school year beginning June 1. Hours submitted before June 1 for the next school year will be denied.

    Other students who are new to the district, or past the freshman year entry point, can schedule an appointment with Cyndi Bonus, the Silver Cord Coordinator.

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  • How does a student find out about volunteer opportunities?

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    The best place to find out about volunteer opportunities is on the Pre-Approved Activities web page. New volunteer opportunities are posted several times a month and are well suited for students aged 14-18, unless indicated otherwise.

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  • Contact Us

    Cyndi Bonus
    Silver Cord Coordinator

    Megan Thompson
    Administrative Assistant

    Silver Cord Office

    Valley High School
    3650 Woodland Avenue
    West Des Moines, IA 50266

Last Modified on April 18, 2023