All School Days of Service
Walnut Creek Campus gives every student the opportunity to give back to their school, our local communities and the wider world. Students kick off the school year by participating in an all school trip to the Meals From The Heartland Hunger Fight, held at Hy-Vee hall downtown. In the spring students are given opportunities to volunteer for a project or organization of their choice. Past projects have included making casseroles for a homeless shelter, creating functional artwork for the school building, planting trees in a local park, and coordinating a pajama collection for children in foster care.
Block Period Service Work
Each Wednesday, students participating in service block periods are given opportunities to explore particular interests. Some students participate in weekly service opportunities such as planning and preparing for the Walnut Creek Campus’ annual plant sale, working with students at Hillside and Fairmeadows Elementary, or volunteering at local non-profit.
Teal Cord Program
Students at Walnut Creek Campus are encouraged to participate in the Teal Cord Program, a graduation award available to Walnut Creek Campus seniors who volunteer a minimum of 40 hours during their time at WCC.
The purpose of the Teal Cord Program is to encourage volunteerism and allow students to experience the joy of giving back to the community. Volunteering can provide a constructive use of time, foster career exploration, adds valuable content to job and college applications, and gives new graduates the confidence to stay involved.
Silver Cord Program
All WDMCS high school students are eligible to participate in the Silver Cord Program beginning the summer following eighth grade. To earn the Silver Cord Award, high school students must volunteer a minimum of 50 hours for three or more non-profits during every year of high school.