The Casa Grande Union High School District is planning a special honor for students who do community service. Superintendent Steve Bebee recently outlined the program, called the Superintendent’s Challenge. Students will be recognized with a “varsity letter” the way athletes are if they do 50 hours of service in a year, and that is a good thing.
The plan is to provide pins as recognition for additional years and ultimately a special cord and other recognition at graduation for a total of 200 hours.
Learning and doing community service is part of a good education, and the district has many clubs and organizations that encourage it. The new letter program is an excellent idea to highlight and encourage service.
Americans generally are a generous people and enjoy helping others. Having such a program in the high schools will be an important part of carrying on the tradition.