Community Service Guidelines at Forest Lake Academy

Community Service: Developing Servant Leaders

Jesus calls us to love and serve God and others. At Forest Lake Academy (FLA), we seek to extend Jesus’ ministry, live out our mission, and enrich our students by helping them develop as servant leaders.

Community service challenges our students to:

  • Broaden their perspective by experiencing and meeting the needs of others
  • Strengthen their character by taking on responsibility and honoring commitments
  • Discover their purpose by applying their faith, knowledge and passions to service

Jesus’ ministry defined servant leadership.

“And Jesus called them to him and said to them, ‘You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’” Mark 10:42-45

Community Service Supports College & Career Advancement

In addition to the intrinsic values and rewards of helping others, community service has practical benefits:

  • Universities value student volunteerism. Many scholarships require them, including all levels of the Bright Futures Scholarships.
  • Community service exposes students to career options. Students can volunteer through many types of organizations [link to approved list], and in a range of capacities. This allows students to explore serving God and others through numerous settings and professions.

At FLA, community service is a very important, and required, part of the school experience.

A total of 25 community service hours are needed per school year of attendance at FLA. You may also participate in community service activities during the summer prior to the new school year. A total of 100 community service hours is required for graduation for a 4­ year FLA senior.

100 hours for the Florida Academic Scholar
75 hours for the Florida Medallion Scholar

•    Login to your Renweb account
•    Click on “Family Information” tab
•    Click on your name
•    Click on “Service Hours” tab above your picture

All guidelines were carefully reviewed in order to ensure students have engaged in an enriching community service activity. As a result, students will have taken an active and positive role in society in their service to others. Please note that the following guidelines are in compliance with the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship requirements as noted in Florida Statute 1009.534.

Community service hours will not be accepted for any of the following circumstances:

  1. Service for which a student receives monetary compensation
  2. Court­ directed community service
  3. Service that is a prerequisite for employment or training period
  4. Service to one’s own family

Attendance at religious services, retreats, self­improvement courses, conferences or workshops that do NOT include community outreach

Duties that are performed as part of your church office or role will not be accepted.

FLA’s community service guidelines:
Community service hours performed the summer before and after your current school year will be accepted with the exception of the summer after your senior year.

  • You will not receive community service hours for participation as a Student Association Officer, Class Officer or any fundraising event for an FLA school sponsored activity.
  • You will not receive community service hours for participation as a Student Association Officer, Class Officer or any fundraising event for an FLA school sponsored activity.
  • You will receive service hours for participating in FLA sponsored community outreach events & FLA Ambassadors.

Students need to identify where they will be completing their community service hours. To assist students in establishing a site, a list of participating agencies in Seminole and nearby counties can be found by clicking the button below. Community service hours may be completed at FLA, local churches, Florida Hospital and any community service location from the approved list.

View Approved List
  1. Contact an approved community service site and speak with the site supervisor.
  2. Gain a clear understanding of what your responsibilities will be during your time of service.
  3. Coordinate a schedule in conjunction with your school schedule as to when community service hours are to take place. You will not be excused from class to perform community service hours.
  4. Work with your site supervisor in keeping track of your hours completed and turn in the community service letter.

Upon completion, the agency or location must provide a community service verification letter with proof of service following these guidelines:

  • printed in official stationery or letterhead paper participating student’s full name date and times of service (attach sign ­in sheet if possible)
  • total amount of community service hours granted (cannot exceed 20)
  • description of task or list of service activities performed
  • official signature, title, and contact info of supervisor


The community service letter may be turned in any of the following ways:

  • emailed as an attachment to:
dropped off at the Welcome Center addressed to Mrs. Palomo
  • mailed to Forest Lake Academy 500 Education Loop, Apopka FL 32703

The deadline to complete required community service hours will be the Monday before final exam week of your graduation year. Each student will have in their academic file proof of service through community service letters. It is solely the student’s responsibility to turn in evidence documents of service in a timely manner. It is also recommend that the student maintains copies of all documents, including the signed community service verification letter.

Yes, you can transfer all community service hours you did in a previous school as long as they are stated in your transcript or any official letter from your former school. These hours will mostly count toward Florida Bright Futures Scholarship. However, you are still responsible for 25 community service hours during your current FLA school year. These 25 hours per academic school year are a requirement for graduation at FLA.
It is highly recommended that all students adhere to the guidelines to assure their community service hours will be accepted. If you have any doubts as to whether or not your community service hours will be accepted, please contact your School Counselor, Mrs. Yanira Palomo at (407) 772­-3701 prior to participating. This is the only way to guarantee that your service hours will be accepted. Please note that Forest Lake Academy reserves the right to deny the recording of any community service hours that do not meet these guidelines or having not received prior approval.