All students of Archbishop Shaw High School are required to study the Gospel and to consider seriously what effects it should have upon their daily lives. An important aspect of the Gospel is the care and concern that we each should have for our brothers and sisters. We are each gifted with unique talents and we have the obligation to share those talents with others. In recognition of this need, service projects are mandatory for all students at each grade level. Students will be required to complete a 5 hour service project with their religion class and at least 5 of the remaining service hours must be done for a non-profit, charitable organization, excluding Archbishop Shaw High School.
Eighth grade students will be required to complete a total of five (5) service hours.
Ninth grade students will be required to complete a total of ten (10) service hours.
Tenth grade students will be required to complete a total of fifteen (15) service hours.
Eleventh grade students will be required to complete a total of twenty (25) service hours.
Twelfth grade students will be required to complete a total of twenty-five (25) service hours.
Service Projects are performed for non-profit, charitable organizations. Projects are verified by a letter that includes the following:
Service projects may only be completed with a non-profit, charitable organization or for a charitable event. It is not simply work done without pay, it is done for an organization that is charitable in nature and does not seek to make a profit. As a Catholic school, we define charitable as reaching out into our community to individuals that are in need due to poverty, illness, physical and mental disabilities, unemployed, homeless for example. Assistance to individuals or family members is not eligible for service projects. Assistance to a business is not eligible for service projects. As per the Archdiocese of New Orleans, assistance to summer camps is not eligible for service hours.
The following deadlines are established to encourage students to keep up with their service program obligations and to make it easier for them to retrieve the necessary documentation from the non-profit organizations.