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 sping 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.

After 2019, 160 hours will be mandatory for all students who wish to earn a purple cord award. If students transfer into the high school during their high school career, he/she will be required to complete the hours indicated above that coincide with the year he/she transferred to South Winneshiek High School.

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).

How do I know what volunteer opportunities exist?

You will be given a list of pre-approved organizations when you enroll in the Purple Cord Program. Links are also on the South Winneshiek Community Schools website. You can contact Glenna Munuswamy to receive a list of pre-approved organizations.

May I volunteer at organizations that are not on the pre-approved list?

No. Any volunteer hours from organizations not on the pre-approved list will not be counted. You complete the pre-approval form to have an organization placed on the pre-approved list. You should complete this form a few weeks before you plan on volunteering at this organization.

What do I need to do to start collecting hours as a volunteer?

First, you need to complete and turn in your enrollment form. After it is completed and turned in, you can begin to schedule your volunteer hours from the pre-approved list of organizations.

What important dates do I need to remember?

June 1, 2015 - when you can start to count volunteer hours

April 30 - last day that volunteer hours can be turned in

April 30 of my senior year - All volunteer hours must be turned in by this date

What is the cut off date for counting hours?

April 30th of each year. It is best to complete the Verification of Service Form and turn it in immediately after you have completed your service.

When can I start counting volunteer hours?

June 1, 2015

When do I turn in my list of hours?

At the end of your service, turn in the completed form to (person's name here). (He/She) will keep track of your hours. At the end of the semester, your hours will be posted on JMC under your name. You should check this each semester to make sure that your hours are being tracked correctly.