Leadership for Student Activities - January 2015, NHS & NJHS Edition - (Page 5)

Questions & Answers Religion, Politics, and the Second Semester Each month, we answer questions from advisers and principals in chapters around the nation, presenting the most recent and official interpretations of the national constitutions and other honor society policies. Q A Can members use participation in political campaigns to fulfill their service hours obligations? In many schools, social studies classes include assignments related to local elections, which can include working for a campaign as part of the assignment or an extra credit opportunity. Nothing prevents an honor society chapter, when describing the types of service projects acceptable for the local service obligation, from including participation in political campaigns among opportunities for their students. Ultimately, this is a local decision. If precedent exists in your school's social studies classes, it's a good idea to consider whether this is the type of activity that your chapter could support. There may be sensitivities involving local politics and the school, so before simply adding this to your approved list, we recommend that you consult the principal. Draft a proposal with your service requirements for the principal's consideration, and bring an officer or two to participate in this discussion. When a campaign contacts the chapter requesting help of one sort or another-passing out brochures, helping in a campaign office, putting up signs, serving food at a campaign rally, etc.-the issue becomes more complicated. In this case, particularly in a public school, such actions could be construed as the school giving its official support to a particular candidate, and such actions are generally not acceptable. Individual participation as a voluntary act of service is a much more understandable position. Chapters need to determine in what way a service, as defined in the handbook, responds to the needs of others without compensation. For the chapter to assist the precinct officers at the polling place is clearly a civic service and is a voluntary effort in support of providing the best possible experience to voters. Similarly, supporting general campaigns by such groups as the League of Women Voters january 2015 5

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Leadership for Student Activities - January 2015, NHS & NJHS Edition

Editor’s Note
Questions & Answers
Take Note
From the Director
Building a Buzz
The Calm Created by Disruption
Giving Students a Voice
Middle Level Activities
Lessons for Leaders
Scholarships & Awards
Activities Exchange
Things to Do

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