Silver Cord Program

This program is to recognize students on graduation day for their volunteerism in the community. This is an optional program that is an opportunity for all students.

200 Hours total from 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade are required.

If a student transfers into CCHS:
the hours required will be prorated depending on which year they transfer in.

Who approves and keeps track of hours
Cord Committee - Minimum of 4 teachers: approves or disapproves hours: if hours not approved or questioned they will be submitted to the principal. 
The principal will rule on questioned/disapproved hours


  • Group activities should be supervised
  • Individual activities should not be court ordered, for school misconduct, or class
  • Activities should not be for pay
  • Activities must be documented
  • Social studies hours can be used for silver cord hours if they meet the Silver Cord requirements
  • Hours count from the end of 8th grade (starts June 1) through May 10, of the student's senior year including summer hours
  • No more than 50% of hours can come from one organization
  • Hours must be submitted by the last day of each trimester. The committee will meet within 3 weeks of this deadline to approve hours.
  • Parents cannot sign Silver Cord cards

What type of Hours Count?

  • Raking and Shoveling of snow, etc as long as not being paid: must be for an elderly or disabled person in need
  • Tutoring, outside of the school day and not for pay
  • Teacher arranged to tutor during SMART lunch or Comet time (MUST BE TEACHER ARRANGED)
  • Club service hours (FFA, Art Club, FCCLA, etc) (not during school hours)
  • Most church activities should count (choir in church, Sunday school): time of actual activity like serving communion or length of song/ not entire service
  • Fundraiser (Salvation Army, KC tootsie roll, Dollars for Scholars phone-a-thon, etc)
  • City, community, and school cleanup
  • Campaign and political activity
  • Chamber Flower Barrels, Hanging Street Banner, and Trail pickup
  • "Y" coaching; Spook Walk; Library story time; Volunteer youth coaching
  • Working at school functions as long as it is not required of an entire extracurricular team or group
  • Blood drive as long as it is not for class
  • Nursing home and day care facility must be organized (must be pre-approved by facility)

What Does Not Count?

  • Activities for private businesses
  • Anything to do with family
  • Baby/dog sitting for individuals
  • School activities such as sale of prom booklets and homecoming events
  • School practices for extracurricular activities
  • Anything performed during school hours
  • Fundraising for yourself
  • An activity required of an entire extracurricular group/team. (ex. a camp that is required of all members to work)

Where do I start?

Pickup and return completed forms to the High School Office.
Must use the correct colored form for each grade and write a detailed description of hours (service performed, for whom, date, and time service
was provided).
Deadline for submission of hours is May 10 of the graduation year.
The following are examples of organizations, groups, etc. that have volunteer opportunities.
If your organization or group wishes to be added/deleted to this list please call the High School Office at 641-257-6510.  
Call the Community Development office at 
641-228-4234 for the up-to-date contact person.

American Red Cross
City of Charles City
City Park & Rec. Depart
Charles City Chamber of Commerce 
Charles City MOMS group
Charles City Public Library
Charles City Singers
Charles City Soccer Club
Charles City Swim Club
Charles Theater
Community Revitalization
Floyd Co. Cancer Society
Floyd Co. Fair
Floyd Co. Memorial Hospital
Floyd Co. Museum
Food Box
Habitat for Humanity (project basis)
Meals on Wheels - Floyd County Medical Center
Ministerium/Local Churches
National 19th Amendment Society
Nursing Homes & Assisted Living Centers
Our Kids Count
Relay for Life
Salvation Army
Senior Citizens Center
Soup Kitchen 
Stony Point Players
TLC: The Learning Center
Treasure Chest - Comp Systems
United Way