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Dear Governor, I believe that you make community service mandatory for high school students. I think that all high school students should have to complete at least 10-15 hours of community service hours because it teaches students how to be contributing members of society, benefits both the student and the community, and greatly improves the overall learning experience. Doing community service teaches kids many valuable lessons that they could not learn by doing other things. Things that are considered important to being a functioning adult are usually a requirement for education. In America, up to a high school education is a requirement for all American citizens. Students are taught all the skills that are considered necessary to enter the work force as productive citizens and well-functioning adults. Compulsory education is already law. It is also law that this required education meets basic requirements for functioning as an adult in the work-force as mentioned. When people do not receive adequate education, there is a chance they could prove a burden rather than be fruitful. The idea is to arm them with as many tools as possible. Because community service is such a valuable tool, I think it must be a requirement. Volunteering also benefits both the student and their community. It gives students a chance to give back to their communities. Students tend to find the experience rewarding, and they can learn a lot about what they may want to do later in life. Sometimes, it can help build character and social awareness. The community benefits by getting volunteers. Also, it’s beneficial when students learn more about the community and as a result become more active and involved in their own time.
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Perhaps you might say many schools graduate many successful students who did not complete community service. Or that many schools already require students to complete community service anyway. However, if you examine the difference between students who do and do not complete community service, often those that do complete community service have higher grades. Furthermore, it is linked to having better social outcomes later in life. If you have some schools implementing ideas that benefit their students’ lives, and others that do not, it stands to reason that that is not entirely fair.
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