The purpose of the Southeast Polk Silver Cord Program is to instill within students the importance of community service, and encourage students to be accountable for investing in their own education and in their community on a regular basis during their school years.
The Silver Cord Program recognizes students for their community service during their high school years. Students are recognized at 150 hours. Students volunteering 150 hours by April 30 of their senior year will have the distinct honor of wearing a silver cord during their graduation ceremony. This is a self-directed program. The student is responsible for turning in all of their hours.
While it is suggested that students complete the minimum hours of service activities per year to reach the 150 total hours, students may accumulate their 150 hours in varying amounts during their four years of high school.*
*Due to the pandemic, many volunteer opportunities were not available for a few months in 2020. We will adjust the hours required for the classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023 to 135 hours minimum. The class of 2024 and beyond will be required to serve 150 hours minimum.
Click here for a listing of some of the available volunteer opportunities
Silver Cord FAQ
Valerie Powell, Silver Cord Coordinator
(515) 967-6631, ext. 2026