Twenty-two Dudley graduates received service-learning diplomas, the top service honor from Guilford County Schools’ Character Education Department. Those diplomas signify 250 hours or more of service learning and allow seniors to wear the green cords on their graduation caps.
At Dudley, then, 224 of 326 graduates — more than two-thirds — received service-learning honors to give Dudley more service-learning honorees than any other high school in the district for the third straight year. Dudley has been recognized as both a state and national School of Character.
“A lot of our kids have benefited from someone else’s kindness or compassion or their helping hand,” English teacher Estella Petteway said. “They actually realize that at some point, ‘I’m going to have to do this for someone else,’ and once they do I think they really enjoy it, and they feel like they have accomplished something by helping other people.”
Districtwide, Guilford County Schools’ Class of 2017 performed more than 371,000 hours of community service. That’s more than $8.5 million in economic impact, according to The Independent Sector, a leadership network for nonprofits, foundations and corporations.
Since 2010, Guilford students have performed more than 1.7 million service-learning hours. That’s an economic impact to the community of more than $41 million.
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