Paly Service Events

Service Fair:  November 15, 2018

Service Day: April 22, 2019

Community Service Spring Reporting, President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) submission


PVSA submission deadline:

February 2019- exact date TBD

Follow these instructions to report community service hours and PVSA

Step 1:  Record your hours on HelperHelper (see below)

Step 2:  Fill out the following Google form per your class:

Class of 2019:  TBD

Class of 2020:  TBD

Class of 2021: TBD

Class of 2022:   TBD

WHAT is community service?

Community service is a non-paying job performed by a student for the benefit of the community or its institutions.

WHY do community service?

Engaging in community service provides students with the opportunity to become active members of their community and has a lasting, positive impact on society at large. Community service enables students to acquire life skills and knowledge, as well as provide a service to those who need it most.

The only graduation requirements for community service are the hours completed through Living Skills.  There are other classes that may assign community service as part of their coursework.


HelperHelper and tracking volunteer service hours

Each Paly student receives a HelperHelper account. 

Download HelperHelper from App Store, Google Play or use Helper Helper website (

Log in using school email address as the username and the password given to you.  New students, and for password help, contact Karla Larson ( for password.

Once you log in you may start adding the community service hours you have completed.  Be sure to include the activity coordinator’s name and current email address and cell phone number.  Verification email/text automatically sent to coordinator for approval of hours.

TIP: Enter volunteer hours as they are earned.

President’s Service Volunteer Award and levels

President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)
This is a civil award issued to recognize individuals that achieve a certain number of volunteer hours within a 12-month period. To receive a PVSA from Paly, the community service hours must be performed during the student's Paly academic career, beginning the day after 8th grade promotion.  Submission periods for PVSA are twice per year, once in the fall semester and once in the spring semester.  These periods will be annoucned via Schoology and posted on  Students may be awarded multiple PVSA as a Paly student.

Paly awards the PVSA at the following levels:

    Gold Teen Award (<16 yrs old) 100+ hours
    Young Adult Award (16 yrs and older)
    Bronze Award – 100 - 174 hours
    Silver Award – 175 – 249 hours
    Gold Award – 250+ hours

Recipients will receive a personalized certificate, an official pin, and a congratulatory letter from the president of the United States.

Students may be awarded multiple President’s Volunteer Service Awards during their time at Paly.

Submission periods for the President’s Service Volunteer Award requests are accepted twice per year, once in the fall semester and again in the spring semester.  These submission periods will be announced via Schoology and posted on this website.