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Savannah Arts Academy
500 Washington Avenue
Savannah, GA 31405

Phone: (912) 395-5000
FAX: (912) 201-4160

Mr. Gif Lockley,

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Grades: 9th - 12th

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Community Service 
Community Service  

See the SCCPSS district page for a list of current community service opportunities. 

SCCPSS requires all students to complete 20 hours of service in order to graduate.  Beginning in 2016-2017, SAA requires all freshmen to complete their 20 hours by the end of freshman year.


  • Twenty hours must be performed. 
  • Service must be completed at a non-profit organization.
  • Students can not get paid for their service time.
  • Service must be completed outside the normal school hours.
  • Chores done at home or in the neighborhood for individuals may not be used to satisfy requirements.
  • The work performed must benefit the community.

Community Service Project Theme Paper Guidelines

When a student has completed the required hours of community service, he or she will write a three paragraph (minimum) theme paper of approximately 150 words.  This theme paper will be submitted to the Advisement teacher for approval.

Once the theme paper is approved by the Advisement teacher, it will be filed in the student's permanent record folder.

Suggestions for Developing the Theme Paper

  • Paragraph 1 - Describe what type of community service you performed. Tell where you performed your service.
  • Paragraph 2 - Tell what you learned from this experience. Tell what a typical day was like for you at the community service site.
  • Paragraph 3 - Summarize your community service experience. Comment on the value of your community service experience to your future plans.

 Approved Organizations

Local organizations and agencies for which students can perform community service hours include, but are not limited to:

  • Adopt-a-Highway
  • American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, Kidney Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis, etc.
  • Ballet South (community outreach programs)
  • The Beach Institute (718-316-0815)
  • Beautification projects
  • Boy Scout or Girl Scout community service projects
  • Church youth group activities such as carnivals, helping the elderly, etc. 
  • Club Sponsored non-profit activities such as tutoring
  • Department of Leisure Services
  • Economic Opportunity Authority
  • Fire Department
  • First Call for Help
  • Frank Callen’s Boys and Girls Club
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Greenbriar Children’s Center
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Hands On Savannah
  • Homeless Shelters or Inner-City Night Shelter
  • Hope House
  • Humane Society
  • Island Hospice, THA Group
  • Jenkin’s Boys and Girls Club
  • March of Dimes
  • Memorial Health Teen Programs 
  • Museums
  • Neighborhood Associations
  • Oatland Island, Saturdays, Cane-grinding in November or Sheep to Shawl in March
  • Odyssey Hospice
  • Open Arms
  • Police Department
  • Public Library
  • Rape Crisis
  • Red Cross
  • SAFE Shelter
  • Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Savannah Association for the Blind
  • Savannah Children's Choir
  • Savannah Hospice
  • Savannah Irish Festival (February) 
  • Savannah Rotary Read-In
  • Savannah Speech and Hearing
  • Savannah Tree Foundation
  • Science Centers
  • Scottish Games (May) 
  • Senior Citizens of Savannah
  • Something Special Magazine 
  • Summer Camp volunteer
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Special Olympics
  • Union Mission or soup kitchens
  • United Way and United Way sponsored agencies
  • Various community service agency boards
  • Victim’s Witness
  • YMCA

Anyone who would like to add a non-profit organization to our list can submit a copy of the group's 501c status documentation to one of the counselors.

Unapproved Service Work:


Work that is done to benefit private citizens, for-profit businesses, and private organizations is not considered to be community service.  Students who are unsure of the legitimacy of the service that they plan to perform are encouraged to check with one of the guidance counselors before performing the work.