To remain an NHS member in good standing, students must:
  • Maintain a 3.5 unweighted GPA

  • Miss no more than two meetings per school year

  • Participate in NHS service projects

  • Complete an additional 10 hours of individual community service per semester (see below for guidelines)

  • Act as positive role model and representative of Ida S. Baker High School

  • Maintain excellence in scholarship, leadership, service, and character

  • Pay $20 annual dues

NHS Service Projects

Each year, the IBHS chapter of NHS works to plan and implement one service project per semester in which the whole body is to participate. Recent examples have included food and toy drives; Pasta For Pennies, a program benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; and making cards for U.S. military members overseas.

Individual Community Service Hours

Fall service hours are due December 15.

Spring service hours are due May 1.

Examples of approved service hours toward the 10-hour/semester requirement include:

  • Working as a volunteer for any Ida Baker school event, such as Open House, a sports events, theater productions, etc., that is not part of your obligations for a class or as a member of another club

  • Working on a Habitat for Humanity build

  • Tutoring for AVID (must be dual enrolled and undergo training)

  • Coaching a youth sports team

  • Service projects or volunteer work at a church

  • Working in a soup kitchen

  • Volunteering at a pet shelter

  • Helping at a hospital or nursing home

  • Participating in a walk-a-thon or running a race to benefit a charitable organization

  • Community cleanups

  • Donating blood at the school blood drive (1 hour)

  • Anything listed on the NHS website as a community service opportunity

The following DO NOT count toward NHS service hours:

  • Voluntary Public Service class, an aiding period, Baker Buddies, JROTC, or any work that you complete during the school day and for which you receive academic credit

  • Playing a sport or performing in marching band or theater

  • Private tutoring sessions

  • Donating money or goods

  • Work done for a for-profit business or family business

  • Political campaigning

  • Babysitting

  • Grading papers

  • Helping a family member, friend, or neighbor

  • Any service for which you are paid

Hours should be recorded on the Service Hours Log located on the NHS website and must include your supervisor’s signature and contact information. Alternately, you may attach a letter from the supervisor on the organization’s letterhead. (Parents may not serve as your supervisor.)  The documentation should be given to the Community Service Coordinator at the monthly NHS meeting.

Additional paperwork, including a proposal form to be completed prior to your service, is required if you would like to count your hours toward Florida Bright Futures. You must see your guidance counselor for this paperwork; the NHS adviser does not have it.