Following the mission and vision of Forest Lake Academy to love and serve God, we encourage students to develop a sense of responsibility for others within their community. Community service helps students foster an understanding of the value and the rewards of helping others.
Universities value student volunteerism. All levels of the Bright Futures Scholarships require community service. Community service can expose students to various career options available to them. Most importantly, students will have the opportunity to further demonstrate their character while displaying Christ-like behavior in their service to others.
A total of 25 community service hours are needed per school year of attendance at FLA. A student 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.
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship requires:
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.
Florida Bright Futures Student Handbook, page 4:
Service Hours "Each district school board and the administration of an nonpublic school must establish approved activities and the process for documentation of service hour including the deadline by which service hours must be completed. Service hours may include, but are not limited to, a business or governmental internship, work for a nonprofit community service organization or activities on behalf of a candidate for public office. Except for credit earned through service-learning courses, the student may not receive remuneration or academic credit for the service work performed. The hours must be documented in writing, and signed by the student, the student's parent or guardian, and a representative of the organization. Additionally, the student must identify a social or civic issue or professional area, develop a plan for personal involvement in addressing the issue or learning about the area, and through paper or other presentations, evaluate and reflect upon the experience".
Community service hours will not be accepted for any of the following:
FLA, local churches, AdventHealth and any community service location. Steps to follow when choosing a community service location:
There will be occasional community service opportunities at FLA and even a Service Day however, you might not get the 25 total hours that are required per year. We highly recommend that during the summer you perform 25 community service hours since you will not be busy with school work. Having two months off during the summer gives you plenty of time to perform acts of service in your church through Vacation Bible School, feeding the homeless, voluntary at any service location, etc.
A community service verification letter or FLA Service Form may be turned in any of the following ways:
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 and/or the FLA Community Service Form. 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.
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 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.