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Update:  4/13/2020 - 

Current US History students will be receiving updated information about the SY 2019-2020 US History Community Service project requirements, which have been modfied for students who have been unable to complete their projects due to the current COVID-19 health crisis and social distancing guidelines.  


Current 9th graders - 

The roll-out date for the US History Community Service requirement is being postponed.  Typically 9th grade students learn about the community service project from their Global History II teachers on May 1st.  Given the unknowns regarding our return to school and the duration of the current social distancing guidelines, we will delay the roll-out of this project until more information is known. 


Stay safe and healthy!


Mrs. Raphaels 





Community Service Requirement for School Year 2019-2020

Please expect amended project requirement guidelines from your US History teacher by Friday, 4/17/2020.



All students in US History (Themes, CP, Honors, and sophomores in AP) must complete 25 hours of community service.   The links below will direct you to information about this required project.


Click here for an overview of the community service requirement and a Community Service Project To Do list.


The following items/tasks must be completed in order for students to successfully satisfy the community service requirement within their US History course.  Information about each element and links to relevant materials can be found below.


  1. Approval of Organization.  If the organization is not already on the approved list (revised May 1, 2019), then submit an online approval form.  Requests for approval must be completed by students, using their Gmail account and Gmail address.  You will receive an automated email with the decision.  Check your spam, and email me if you do not hear within one week of submission.
  2. Community Service Log signed by the organization's supervisor.  Submit this to your US History teacher upon completion of the Reflective Assignment.
  3. Community Service Reflective Assignment.  Submit this to your US History teacher with the Community Service Log.  If you complete your hours in the spring or summer of 2019, you can turn in the reflective assignment to your teacher by the end of September 2019. 


Community service hours should be completed by April 30, 2020.  Check with your teacher for the specific due date of the log and reflection, but we strongly recommend it be completed within 30 days of service completion.  


Links to information and requirements:

-Please check the list of approved organizations to see if the organization with which you'd like to work is already on the approved list before submitting a request for approval

-The request for approval must be completed by the student, using his/her email.  Expect a response within 7 days.  If you do not receive a response within 7 days, please email me

-Requests for approval will be considered through marking period 3.  


These requirements should be submitted to your US History teacher within 30 days of completion of the service project.  


For Bernards Township Staff wishing to apply to have an organization added to the approved list:


For more information about Community Service, including:

  • Community Service Opportunities, short and long-term
  • Ridge High School Community Service Awards

Visit the Ridge High School website, Community Service Opportunities


For more information about National Honor Society Community Service Requirements, visit the Ridge High School NHS website.


Community Service Presentation, January 10, 2010