Service Awards

President's Volunteer Service Award

Minnetonka Award Period: Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2019
2019 Application Deadline: Sept. 13, 2019
 

The mission of the Minnetonka Public Schools is, in part, to ensure all students envision and pursue their highest aspirations while serving the greater good. In recognition of this service, Minnetonka Public Schools is a certifying agent for the United States President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) program, designed to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to serve.

What doesn’t count?

  • Paid, mandatory or court-ordered community service.
  • Community service that gives you credit hours.
  • Fundraising that benefits you.
  • Travel time to and from service activities.
  • Hours spent sleeping during overnight service trips or camps. You may count eight hours maximum per day or provide documentation that you served more.
  • Unpaid internships with for-profit companies.
  • Hours spent in meetings or training unless you were planning or participating in service activities.
  • Household chores or service to people living in your home.
  • Performance talent (actors, musicians, choirs): Most performances do not count toward award service hours. Where groups are performing a special event for a vulnerable community, students may submit service hours. Performance hours are not to exceed 25% of the minimum hours required for an award level.

Where extenuating circumstances or exceptions to these guidelines may occur, you must present compelling rationale and evidence of the service provided to others.

Who can participate?
Students, parents and other volunteers in our District.


General Process

  1. Maintain a record of your service hours from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31 of the award year.
  2. Submit your hours electronically via the PVSA application prior to the deadline in early September. Based on your age and hours, there are four awards offered:

 

Age Group Bronze Silver Gold
Kids (ages 5-10) 26-49 hours 50-74 hours 75+ hours
Teens (ages 11-15) 50-74 hours 75-99 hours 100+ hours
Young Adults (ages 16-25) 100-174 hours 175-249 hours 250+ hours
Adults (26 and older) 100-249 hours 250-499 hours 500+ hours
Families and Groups
(Two or more people with each member contributing at least 25 hours towards the total)
200-499 hours 500-999 hours 1,000+ hours

President's Lifetime Achievement Award: Individuals who have completed 4,000 or more hours in their lifetime.

Where can I volunteer?
To find volunteer opportunities and project ideas in our community please visit TonkaServes.org

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How to Track:

Use Google Tracking Sheet - Copy to your drive, or download to Excel, or print.  

There are videos and directions within the application. Once you have your hours tracked, start the application process.

2019 Application

Applications are 100% electronic. No paper applications will be accepted.


Questions?

To learn more about the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards (PVSA), visit:
www.presidentialserviceawards.gov

For questions about Minnetonka's award process contact:
Michelle Seets
Community Service Specialist
michelle.seets@minnetonkaschools.org
952-401-5766