Moore County Students Push for Community Service Requirement
Posted February 25, 2001 6:00 a.m. EST
MOORE COUNTY — Students in Moore County may have an addition to their graduation requirements that would take them outside the classroom.
Abby Cockman volunteers her time with the homeless. She is working to make community service a requirement for all Moore County high school students.
"So much tax money comes into the school, so this is a way to give back. It's also a learning process to teach us responsibility," Cockman says.
Not everyone is not thrilled with the idea of doing community service. Some students feel they should not have to be forced to do something extra in order to graduate.
Lauren Riggan is an active member of her school's Key Club and Business Leaders of America. The high school junior says she wants to make her fellow classmates valuable members of society by doing community service.
Riggan and Cockman presented their community service proposal to the Moore County Board of Education Monday.
Before the school board can make a decision on the proposal, it has to go before a policy subcommittee, which could take several months.