• Community Service at Tonawanda High School


    In March 2015, the Tonawanda Board of Education approved a plan that requires students to obtain a total of 20 hours of community service to walk across the stage at graduation. This requirement began with the Class of 2019. Below you will find a brief summary of the program.


    • Who/What: Students at Tonawanda are required to obtain 20 hours of community service to walk across the stage at graduation.

    • Why: Tonawanda City Schools believes it is important for students to become good citizens and allow them to be part of a larger community. Research has shown that participation in service-learning activities helps students increase personal, interpersonal, and social development, as well as foster an increase in motivation, student engagement, and school attendance.

    • Where: Many opportunities are available throughout Tonawanda and Western New York, and right at the high school through the clubs, academies, sports and other initiatives. Opportunities will be announced throughout the year in Social Studies classes, on morning announcements, outside Mrs. Zarcone’s classroom, and on Mrs. Zarcone's webpage. In addition, a variety of community service projects are offered through the clubs and academies at the high school. So, join a club and get involved.


    • When: It is recommend that students complete 5 hours a year so that they are on the right path to achieve the required hours. It is possible for students to “get ahead” in hours.


    • How: Upon the completion of hours, a Service Learning form must be returned to Mrs. Zarcone in room 117 so that hours can be recorded. It is recommended that you keep a copy for your own records. Forms will be available in room 117, and you can also download a form here: Community Service Form. 


    Please feel free to contact Maureen Zarcone at ext. 2217 or mzarcone@tonacsd.org for any questions and/or concerns. Thank you!