CG Students Care!


Nicholas Splendoria, Junior reporter/editor

To many school administrators and teachers, community service is essential to preparing students for setting them on the right path and helping to prepare them for the real world. For the past few years, the school has been making community service an essential part of its mission. Mrs. Denman, Ms. Rubino, and Mrs. Defabiis held three meetings at lunch during the week of December 11th debuting the new program. This program offers an honor cord at graduation for students who complete a certain amount of hours by graduation.

The requirements for the chord are fairly easy, with students having to complete only fifty hours. However, these fifty hours are divided up by year, so freshman and sophomores are required to complete ten hours, while juniors and seniors are required to do fifteen. Hours are logged on a program through naviance, called x2VOL. For the current sophomores, juniors, and seniors, they are only required to fulfill hours for their remaining  years, not past years.  

The reward for all of this: a special luncheon and a cord at graduation. For students that complete their requirements each year guidance will hold a special lunch recognizing them. For the seniors that complete their hours, they will receive a green honor cord at graduation. Honor cords are usually given out to members of the different honor societies, like National Honor Society or the Science Honors Society.

Besides announcing volunteer opportunities every so-often, Cedar Grove Waves has been paving the way for a community-service program. Since 2015, the students have come together to put up flags on the front lawn to honor the victims of the September 11th attacks. This small volunteer opportunity became a talking point about how the students here at CGHS could give back to the community.

The decision ultimately came from the guidance department. “We actually decided on voluntary because… we didn’t want to punish students for not completing community service,” Mrs. Denman said in an interview. Though not part of an official honor society, it is meant to recognize and build the resumes of students who may not have the highest grades.

Ultimately the school wanted to, “acknowledge all the students that go above and beyond for community service.” Students are encouraged to get involved in their community, and build a mentality of looking out for others. This is a great opportunity that every grade level can participate in to build on their resume for college and ultimately their careers.