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Plan seeks Douglas student service.

DOUGLAS - Douglas High School students would be required to complete community service hours in order to graduate or participate in school activities beginning next year, pending a legal review.

Caroline A. Fitzpatrick, a teacher at the school, presented the plan to the School Committee last week.

Beginning next year, seniors would be required to complete 10 community service hours. Requirements for juniors would be added in 2010, followed by sophomores in 2011, and freshmen in 2012. The requirement for students in those classes would be five hours a year.

Community service is "volunteering of your time to serve a cause greater than your own self-interest," Mrs. Fitzpatrick said. Community service work must be unpaid with no academic credits.

Students who do not meet their yearly requirement would not be allowed to participate in school-related activities, and seniors failing to meet the requirements would not graduate, she said.

At the request of member Scott Yacino, the School Committee decided to have the town's legal counsel review the policy for any liability issues.

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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Dec 10, 2008
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