Guidelines for CAS and Volunteering

CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) is the volunteer part of the IB Program.  At CO it’s something we’re known for within our community as a part of the reputation of being a Charger.

The Juniors and Seniors I’ve talked to have all been busy volunteering – exceeding expectations!  Some through clubs, some through churches and city organizations, and many through sports at CO.  Here’s what you need to do to participate:

1.  Visit https://iblong.org/submit-hours-and-reflections/

If you are a Senior Diploma Candidate, visit https://iblong.org/2014-diploma-cas/

2.  Decide what category you want your hours to count for.  You have the freedom to choose between Creativity, Action, and Service.  Your choice may depend on what you learned while you were busy working or it may depend on the task you completed.

CREATIVITY – creating, making, writing, performing, designing, building, decorating…

ACTION – moving, building, helping, lifting, organizing, competing….

SERVICE – volunteering, assisting, helping, serving, cleaning, filing….

3.  Write your reflections in the spaces in the link above.  Short stories with details are best.

4.  Submit your reflections and the number of hours once or twice a month from now on.

5.  If it’s your first time you may “go back in time” to the summer and include those activities for this year.

6.  Come by my room, F8 during Charger Time or email me with any questions while you’re working on the process.

7.  Here are a few guidelines to think about:

Hours don’t count if you are getting paid, are spreading your religious faith or views, or are getting a grade.

In athletics – games and matches count, practices don’t.  I trust you to estimate wisely.

Hours aren’t a requirement but they help you learn and track your work so you should never be worried about the number of hours unless they reveal you’ve done very little.  Hours are kept confidential.

What you are learning is the most important part of CAS!

CAS is a requirement for your IB Diploma and Recognition at Senior Awards.

About Mr. Chris Long
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