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SCPS REMOVES FLORIDA HOSPITALS FROM VOLUNTEER LIST

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SCPS REMOVES FLORIDA HOSPITALS FROM VOLUNTEER LIST

Gouthami Gadamsetty, Copy Editor

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By: Gouthami Gadamsetty, Copy Editor

Volunteer hours served at the  Florida Hospitals in Altamonte Springs,  Orlando, and DeLand were no longer counted, as of August 7 2014.

Junior Allison Lloyd was very disappointed when she heard about this news. She says, “I had planned to get medical experience and volunteer hours at the same time.”

Though reasons for the removal have not been published, speculations have been going around.

Junior Naveen Krishnan says, “I heard they took Florida Hospitals off because there were many holes in the volunteer program. I’ve heard about students who used to just sign in and then leave or sit on the side and complete homework.”

Despite the the programs being removed, any hours from The Florida Hospitals submitted by seniors are still eligible.

Senior Taylor Nguyen says, “I’ve had a great time volunteering there and it’s really unfortunate the juniors can’t submit the hours anymore. I still recommend volunteering there; it’s a great experience.”

Another concern many students have about this new change to the Seminole County volunteer list is how it affect scholarship programs. For example, Bright Futures requires students to have completed  at least fifty volunteer hours to qualify for a scholarship. National Honor Society, NHS, is another organization that requires volunteer hours to join.

Krishnan goes on to say, “I’m less motivated to go out of my way for service hours that don’t count for my CAS hours or Bright Futures.”

CAS hours, which stands for creativity, action and service hours, is a requirement enforced by International Baccalaureate (IB). IB students  must complete 150 CAS hours in order to graduate.

The removal of The Florida Hospitals from the SCPS Volunteer list has discouraged many students from applying to volunteer there. Despite its removal, The Florida Hospitals have much to offer for students interested in specific fields, such as medicine or nursing.

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Gouthami Gadamsetty, Activities Manager

Hello there! I'm Gouthami, or Gigi if that's easier to pronounce. I'm a senior in the International Baccalaureate program and this is my third year on...

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3 Responses to “SCPS REMOVES FLORIDA HOSPITALS FROM VOLUNTEER LIST”

  1. Caitlin Kibler on November 14th, 2014 8:37 AM

    i like the part when you mentioned that someone said “I’m less motivated to go out of my way for service hours that don’t count for my CAS hours or Bright Futures.” because i feel exactly the same if they don’t go towards my hours whats the point.
    i clicked this because i would like to be a nurse. so it interested me.

  2. Emma Richard on November 16th, 2014 11:16 PM

    I like the attention this article brought to service hours and scholarship programs. Removing hospitals from the volunteer list will definitely make it harder for students to get the service hours they need, so it feels like it was a very unfair decision.

  3. Courtland Lewis on November 20th, 2014 5:54 AM

    I very much agree with Taylor Nguyen. This really does make me not wish to go forward and get my community service hours. Why won’t they let us i mean that should be one of the number one places to be able to get hours for since that is helping those in need or are sick. I like the way this article was set up and the information was simple to process and got the point a across quickly especially with the quotes.

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