HS Programs

Career and Technical Education

Purple Cord Program

Glenna Munuswamy

The Purple cord award is a distinguished graduation award available to SWHS students who volunteer for a total of 160 service and is awarded at annual Seniors Awards Ceremony in the spring and at Commencement.

Starting with the class of 2015-2016

  • The Class of 2017 must complete 80 hours by April 30, 2017.
  • The Class of 2018 must complete 120 hours by April 30, 2018.
  • The Class of 2019 must complete 160 hours by April 30, 2019.

*Due to the limits on students' ability to be in large groups or activities due to the coronavirus, students in the graduating classes of 2022, 2023, and 2024 will only be required to complete 120 hours of service during their high school career.

Hours can begin accumulating on June 1st of students' eighth grade year and finish accumulating on April 30th of the students' senior year.

It is encouraged that students complete 40 hours per year. However, student can accumulate the hours at any point to achieve 160 hours by graduation. If more that 40 hours are accumulated in one year, extra hours will be carried over to the next year. The Purple Cord Committee will review hours submitted.

Volunteer hours cannot be paid hours or court-ordered community service hours.

A list of pre-approved volunteer opportunities and all of the forms required can be found below. Students can ask for approval of opportunities not on the list by filling out the pre-approved form below.

Hours performed as part of membership responsibilities of a club or organization will not count toward Purple Cord. In addition, volunteer work that results in a financial benefit to the individual or the group will not count. However, hours will count if the group performs a service project beyond those responsibilities with no pay going to themselves or the organization (for instance, a year clean-up day).


This is the join code for our Schoology group: GD5XF-CMX67
Here is the group Facebook page: South Winneshiek SODA