Service-hours deadline looms

As the end of the school year draws near, some students are struggling to meet the 25-hour service requirement. Freshman Rosellen Rodriguez was thrown for a loop when she realized that it is not likely that West Shore will be participating in Relay for Life, which is where she has received the bulk of her service hours previously.

“In the last two years, I did the Relay for Life fund-raiser with a few friends,” Rodriguez said. “This year, though, West Shore is most likely not going to do Relay for Life. My tennis coach has offered me volunteer hours for helping with the junior classes, so I plan to do that. I also plan on volunteering at the hospital and animal shelters over the summer so I can turn in my hours before registration.”

While some have been struggling to meet the requirement, others have had their hours since the summer. Junior Jacob Blair volunteers at his church in the summer and has more than 100 hours before school starts.

“This year I clocked around 220 service hours, all through the church that I go to,” Blair said. “My church is my ‘go-to’ for service hours. What I do ranges anywhere from serving people dinner at our annual fund-raiser to tearing down a house affected by natural disasters. I’ve met a ton of great people through this and I will definitely continue to go back there to get hours, not just to get service time, but to have a blast with my friends as well.”

By Hannah Kent