New Jersey to pilot community service as a graduation requirement

01/27/2010 | Philadelphia Inquirer, The

New Jersey is studying whether to require high-school students to participate in community service activities to graduate. A pilot program set to begin this fall at 15 high schools across the state will require incoming freshmen to complete 20 hours of service -- in or out of school -- over four years. An official at one school that has required community service as part of the high-school social studies curriculum says the activities have been beneficial for students. "It's changed our environment," she said.

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