As a Catholic educational community, Duchesne not only educates students to high secular standards, but also educates students to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and participate in the traditions of the Catholic Church. This spiritual education includes an education in service, which was taught and exemplified by Jesus Christ.
Duchesne requires that each student perform a minimum of 100 hours of service for graduation. We suggest that you work at a pace of at least 25 hours per year to reach the requirement. Most students do well beyond this number.
Students will record their hours on the Service Form (available above). They must turn it in to Mrs. Bungum, the Service Coordinator, who confirms all submitted hours and maintains a current record total for each student. Mrs. Bungum will contact you if any of your submitted hours do not qualify under the school's definition of service.
At Duchesne, we define Christian Service as any activity done without payment that assists another human being to fulfill a basic human need. A basic human need is one of the following: life, health, food, shelter, clothing, and education (the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, CCC 2447). Please note that life, health, food, and education can be interpreted on both a physical and spiritual level.
Above is a PDF of local service organizations that fit under each of these criteria. The Service Moderator will consider proposals for service that meet a basic human need other than the ones listed, but the decision rests with the Moderator. If you are unsure whether your project will be considered service work, we encourage you to ask in advance. If you have any questions, you can contact the Campus Minister, Mrs. Alicia Bungum, at email@example.com. All service hours submitted are subject to the approval of Mrs. Bungum.
Finally, while we do accept service hours from students' work with organizations such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Key Club, Outreach, and National Honor Society, not all activities done with those organizations will count as service according to the definition of service as fulfilling some basic human need.
Hours accepted: Working at a fundraising event for a charity or non-profit organization
Hours declined: Working at a fundraising event to pay for your soccer team's upcoming tournament
Hours accepted: Working after school in the office of a charity or other non-profit organization
Hours declined: Working for free instead of taking a paycheck at your after-school job
Hours accepted: Mowing the lawn for your handicapped neighbor
Hours declined: Mowing the lawn for your parents
Hours accepted: Time spent working at an overnight service project (up to 40 hours)
Hours declined: Time spent sleeping or in recreation at an overnight project