Bill Would Require high School Students Perform Community Service To Graduate
High school students in Maine might have to complete community service to graduate. That’s if a bill before lawmakers passes.Its sponsor, Representative Justin Chenette, a Saco Democrat, says individual school districts would decide how many hours would be required.Supporters say it would give kids a sense of pride in their communities and have an overall positive impact on them. “That could mean an internship program for a for-profit or a non-profit. That could mean volunteering at the local soup kitchen. That could mean taking one of the local science classes down to the local park for an hour and cleaning it. You know it means different things to different people,” Chenette said.Many school districts in Maine already require community service to graduate.This bill would make it mandatory in all districts.