The Silver Cord Award is a distinguished award available to Dallas Center-Grimes High School students who earn at least 160 total hours of community service/volunteering by May 1 of the graduating year. Students may begin the Silver Cord Program the first day of school their 8th grade year. The expected service hour breakdown is as follows:
8th Grade – 20 Hours
9th Grade – 20 Hours
10th Grade – 40 Hours
11th Grade – 40 Hours
12th Grade – 40 Hours
Total = 160 Hours
Hours will be prorated for those students that move into the district after the beginning of the 8th grade school year. If you are a current DC-G student and are wanting to begin the program, regardless of your current year, please see the Dean at the High School or Counselor at Meadows for more details. At Senior Awards Night, recipients will receive a silver cord to wear on their robes at graduation in recognition of their achievement.
Important details regarding the Silver Cord Award Documentation: Students must receive pre-approval for any silver cord service project. Students must document all service activities on the Silver Cord Form provided by DC-G. One form will be used for each site or each project, and a supervisor at the site must sign each form. (A note confirming the students’ service signed by the supervisor at the project is also acceptable. It must be attached to the Silver Cord form.) Forms can be submitted to the dean of students at the high school or Meadows counselor at any time throughout the school year. Forms must be turned in within two weeks of the service/volunteer experience, or within the first two weeks of school if the hours occurred over the summer. For SENIORS, forms must be turned in by May 1 of senior year. Forms can be found in the dean/guidance office or main office.
Summer Service: Service hours earned during the summer, may be applied to either the prior year or the following year – student’s choice. (For example, the summer following the freshman year can apply toward either the freshman or sophomore 40-hour requirement, or divided between the two as needed.) However, the summer before the student’s 8th grade year cannot be used. Reminder – all activities must be pre-approved by the dean/counselor.
Acceptable Service Activities: Students may earn up to 80 hours (total) volunteering for a Dallas Center-Grimes Community School organization, group or club as long as:
No varsity letter, school credit or grade is given. The service hours are not expected as part of a membership to a group or club. For example, volunteer hours required for National Honor Society members will not count towards Silver Cord Hours. A student or organization the student belongs to do not receive financial or other compensation.
Silver Cord hours must be for providing a service or meeting a clear need for a non-profit agency, church, school, park, charity program, fundraiser or community event. The service should be “above and beyond” one’s usual scope of involvement.
80 hours must be earned outside Dallas Center-Grimes school-related activities.
Students may earn up to 5 hours per semester in 8th & 9th grade as a peer tutor. Students in 10th – 12th grade may earn up to 10 hours per semester as a peer tutor.
A student may earn a maximum of 15 hours of service per activity, per year.
The DC-G Silver Cord Committee makes final determination regarding service hours acceptance.
Non-Acceptable Service Activities include but are not limited to: Sports teams managing/training, Event timing or administration, Most DC-G music program events, Concession Stand or Fundraising Events, Service to satisfy a class or required by any agency, program or organization, For a relative, For pay or compensation of any kind, Others at the discretion of the Silver Cord Committee
Final Presentation During the month of May of the graduating year, seniors will deliver a 3-5-minute video presentation (individually or in pairs) to the 8th grade advisories. The goal of the final presentation is to deliver a positive message about the benefits of service to others in and around our community.
For any further assistance, please contact the high school deans and/or Meadows counselor.
Watch a video on the Silver Cord Program, here.
The ACT is recommended for most students considering college. Students typically take the test during their Junior year, or early Senior year. Seniors who are planning to attend a college that requires the ACT, if you have not taken it yet, plan to do so before February or sooner. Some college DO NOT require the ACT. Check with the college admissions office if you have questions or the high school counseling office. An ACT registration packet can be picked up from the counseling office.