Community service is an integral part of our program because of its many benefits. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, experience a field of career interest, gain valuable knowledge and skills. Service is beneficial for resumes and applications to colleges. Potential employers and admission officers to colleges are looking for young people that have something unique to share and bring to the table. Students gain personal satisfaction when they make a difference in their communities. We believe this allows for students to feel connected to the bigger picture and their community.
Students who are full time students, taking 4 or more classes at Hillside, are required to do 10 hours of community service. Students will have the opportunity to volunteer and earn up to 3 hours at Chancellor’s Place Retirement Community or other programs approved by the school during the school day. Students are expected to fulfill the remaining hours outside of school.
SERVICE WITH SENIORS
Carol Maskin, Hillside’s on-staff psychologist, leads the program called “Service with Seniors.” She and Hillside students visit local senior centers and housing facilities to help out, lend support and adopt a grandparent for the day.