HOLTVILLE — Community service is a great thing that helps the community, but should it be mandatory in High Schools? Community service is something that citizens do to make our community better and it’s a way to give back.
Although, it may be as small
as helping an elderly person across the street, it still helps to help out.
Many people have a different perspective on this topic and as to whether it
should be required for Holtville High School students.
The pros about having students
do community-service hours is that it lets them see how they can have an impact
in their community and how their help can cause change. When students do
community service they tend to come out with something positive and never
Requiring students to do
community service kind of gets them out of their comfort zone and makes them do
something that they would not normally do. This gives them a little push into
the real world and can influence them to do this more often and possibly when
they leave high school too.
Although people may think that
it is good; not all people believe that and believe the complete opposite. The
cons about community service is that the school district forces students to
complete the hours. The district forces us to do community service and sets
punishments if the hours are not acquired.
The punishment that is set is
not being able to participate in senior activities. These punishments do not
encourage a student later on in life, since students who have lost their senior
activities for not doing community service hours will most likely not perform
any hours later on in life.
Holtville High students were
asked what they thought about the topic of community service hours. One might
assume that the majority would disagree with being required to do community
service but these students’ responses to the topic are surprising.
Junior Litzy Velarde said,
“Community Service should be required because then if it wasn’t required people
would not help out. Also I think community service is a good thing because we
get to help the community that we live in.”
Another person that has
something to say was junior Kassandra Fimbres, who noted, “Community service is
a big thing in which students like ourselves help the community. But I don’t
know if they should force us to do something that is known as a volunteer job.”