Zimmerman High School students will now be able to earn a Varsity Letter by completing community service work. Students who meet specific criteria in the area of community service will be awarded a Varsity Letter. All students in grades 9 – 12 are eligible to apply and can earn a letter each year.
Varsity Lettering Criteria
- 150 hours of unpaid, volunteer service completed in any 12 month period beginning the summer before 9th grade. At least 75 hours must be completed through one agency or for one cause to insure understanding and sustained commitment to a selected social issue that is personally relevant to the student, eg., homelessness, elderly, poverty, literacy, environment, health care.
- A record of all service hours verified by an adult supervisor or parent.
- Two recommendation letters from organizations or people served describing your service, and performance.
- Reflection project - A written reflection, journal, video, song, work of art, children’s book, presentation or other piece of work based upon your sustained service with one agency or in one area of need.
- Digital photo of you doing service.
- Must have a 2.0 or above GPA and be chemical-free during the year to participate in this program.
How do I record my Community Service Hours?Use the Varsity Letter Record of Volunteer Service to track your hours. Students who are also tracking hours for the President’s Volunteer Service Award may track their hours online and submit that spreadsheet as well. All volunteer hours recorded must be verified by the organization where service is performed or by a parent or adult supervisor.
Letters of RecommendationPlease obtain two completed recommendation forms or letters of recommendation from agencies or individuals served.
Reflection ProjectThe purpose of the Reflection Project is to demonstrate your understanding of the agency or issue of interest by answering the following questions:
- What is the organization, need or issue selected and why did you chose it?
- Why does this issue exist and who is affected?
- Who are the public and private organizations working on this issue and what is being done to address it? How are they succeeding and what are their limitations?
- What did you expect to experience before you began volunteering in this area 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.
- Were there ethical issues that you encountered?
- What new skills, knowledge and/or understanding have you gained?
You are encouraged to see Jaime Hilyar in the Activities Office if you have questions or wish to review your reflection before submitting it.
Varsity Letter ApplicationWhen you've finished all requirements, complete the ZHS Varsity Letter application and submit it with a verified record of your hours served, letters of recommendation, reflection project and a digital photo of you doing service.
Download the application »
More InformationView our list of frequently asked questions or contact Jaime Hilyar at (763)241-3508 in the ZHS Activities Office.