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The Golden and Silver Schools Awards

The Golden School Award is given annually by the Florida Department of Education to recognize public schools with exemplary volunteer programs. Hours donated in all forms of volunteering, i.e. mentors, tutors, advisors and advocates, are to be included. A Golden School must meet the following criteria:

  • A staff training program on volunteerism in which a minimum of 80% of the school staff have participated during the school year.
  • A School Volunteer Coordinator who has been designated to provide leadership for the school volunteer program through recruitment, placement, training and supervision of participants.
  • A total number of hours in volunteer service that equals twice the number of students enrolled in the school. These hours of volunteer service will be in the areas that support instruction.

The Silver School Award is presented annually by the Florida Department of Education to recognize secondary schools whose students provide exemplary volunteer services to elementary and secondary schools. The award is presented to the schools that meet the following criteria:

  • The sending school must have a school volunteer coordinator who will provide coordination of the program, placement of students, orientation and training for the students, and student and program evaluation.
  • The receiving school must have a volunteer coordinator who will provide coordination of the program, assist in the placement of the secondary students, provide orientation and training for the receiving staff, and assist in providing for student and program evaluation.
  • Student volunteers and the receiving faculty must both receive orientation and training. Student volunteers must receive continuous supervision.
  • The composite student volunteer hours must equal at least one half the total number of students in the sending school (e.g., 2000 students - 1000 volunteer hours).

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