Community Service Letter

Recognizing students for committed community service work.

Service Letter Application

Log Hours Here

Volunteer Opportunities


2018 Ceremony Program

Congratulations to our BHS students for receiving a Community Service Letter for their commitment to serving Bettendorf High School and the greater community during the 2017‐18 school year.

9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade

Aidan Goerdt
Emma Teach

Isabella Bliss
Zander Eckermann*
Sam Mitvalsky
Reagan Terronez*

Sarah Canfield
Kaylee Cornwell
Bryan Hurd*
Lydiah Kennedy
Elizabeth Park
Allison Whitaker
Mizuki Wittmer

Trinity Borland*
Kaitlyn Burkamper*
Leah Evans **
MaryTherese Gehrmann*
Emily Kidwell**
Olivia Knox
Joshua Turner **

* Receiving bar

2019 Service Award Ceremony

The 2018-2019 school year Service Award Ceremony will be held on Monday, April 29, 2019, at 7 pm in the Commons.

BHS Letter in Community Service

Students who meet the following criteria in the area of Community Service will be awarded a letter. All students in grade 9 - 12 are eligible to apply and can earn a letter. Questions may be directed to the BHS administration (563) 332-7001.

The two levels of awards:

  • Community Service Letter - 50 hours of service earns the student the community service letter
  • Service Pin - 100 hours of service earns the student the community service pin

20% of the required service hours to earn a letter must directly benefit Bettendorf Community School District (ie: 50 hours = 10 hours from BCSD). These hours must be completed through a BHS club or organization or receive prior approval from BHS administration.

  • Reflection Paper - A 1-2 page written reflection on the experience of the community service is required.
  • Digital Evidence - Photo of student doing service.
  • Brief Statement - How volunteering impacted you or others.
  • To be recognized in the Service Letter awards ceremony, all hours must be documented and submitted prior to March 22, 2019.

  • How should community service hours be recorded? Use the online Google form to track service hours. Students will be required to login using their school issued Gmail account. All volunteer hours recorded must be verified by the organization where service is performed or by an adult supervisor (if finding it difficult to confirm for summer & fall, please see an administrator for assistance).

  • Reflection Paper: Reflection papers should be sent to with your name and grade level in the title. Send via Google Docs with view rights only.
    The purpose of the paper is to demonstrate understanding of the agency or issue of interest by answering the following questions:
    • What did you expect to experience before you began volunteering and how did your expectations differ from your actual experiences?
    • How did you serve? Describe your thoughts and feelings at specific times as you served.
    • What new skills, knowledge and/or understanding have you gained?
    • Include photo of student doing service work.

Service Letter Application: Complete the BHS Service Letter application and submit with a verified record of hours served, reflection paper, letters of recommendation (optional), and digital evidence of student performing service when all requirement have been completed and emailed to

  1. Complete application
  2. Log hours
  3. Send reflection paper, digital evidence and brief statement

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?
All Bettendorf High School students grades 9 - 12.

Where can I volunteer?
There are many ways to volunteer in the community through school, churches, hospitals, non-profit agencies, nursing homes, parks, etc.

How are hours spent volunteering on a mission trip, as a camp counselor or on a volunteer vacation counted?
Volunteers should only count hours actually spent doing service up to 12 hours per day for mission trips, camp counseling, or volunteer vacations.

Can I count my planning and organizational hours from club meetings?
No. Only hours spent doing actual community service at the event can be counted towards your Service Letter.

Can my hours of community service be carried over to the next school year?
Yes. Hours earned after March 23, 2018 will carry over into the 2018-2019 school year.

What else DOES NOT count?

  • Travel time to and from service activities
  • Hours spent sleeping during overnight service trips or events
  • Unpaid internships with for-profit organizations
  • Court mandated community service