Christian Service

Iona Preparatory School Christian Service Program


One of the most integral components of an Edmund Rice Christian Brother Education is a focus on and understanding of service to others and to advocate on behalf of those marginalized in our world. At Iona Prep, students come to understand these service and advocacy efforts occur both in the classroom and in the community. Our Christian service program encourages students to understand how their service and advocacy efforts can make the world a better place. All Iona Prep students are required to spend time out of the classroom each year in service to those who are truly needy. 

It is preferred that students serve persons and/or groups representing “the least of these" (Matthew 25): the poor, elderly, homeless or otherwise excluded and powerless who are relegated to the margins of our society. We encourage students to focus their service on these marginalized groups in the spirit and tradition of the school’s founder, Blessed Edmund Rice. Students should also feel inspired to advocate for and provide a voice for those marginalized whom they serve.

Iona Prep provides weekly service opportunities on a first-come, first-serve basis, for which they may sign up here.  In order to secure a spot, students are strongly encouraged to sign up early.  Students are also encouraged to seek service opportunities through their place of worship and in local communities.


Students are encouraged to speak with Mr. D'Alfonso prior to beginning service work to ensure the opportunity is acceptable towards earning service credit. In order to ensure that students are best serving those most in need, students must follow these guidelines when considering their service opportunities:

  • Any service work done for an institution or business MUST be a “non-profit” enterprise/business.  No work done for a “for-profit” business will be accepted, even if you are not getting paid for your time. For example, work at a private medical practice will not be accepted.


  • Service to the elderly must occur within an approved nursing home or an assisted living facility.  A signature must be provided by a facility coordinator and not by a family member or friend.


  • No hours will be accepted for work done involving politics

  • Service done for a family member, relative or neighbor will not be accepted unless approved by Mr. D'Alfonso. This includes activities such as: pet-sitting, shoveling snow, babysitting, tutoring, helping move etc.

Any service done for:

  Iona Preparatory School (i.e. giving tours, Father/Mother's Council events etc.)
Coaching/Athletic Activities (i.e. Iona Prep camps, coaching little league teams etc.)
Your church/parish (including teaching CCD/Sunday School)

  Will only count for a maximum of ten (10) hours toward the Christian service requirement.

Examples of acceptable/encouraged outside service organizations

  • Habitat for Humanity, Eagle Scout Projects, local soup kitchens, clothing banks, children's tutoring programs, ESOL tutoring programs, coaching at-risk youth, senior citizen outreach, health awareness and fundraising organizations, coaching (marginalized youth), environmental protection and awareness.

  • Please see Mr. D'Alfonso with questions regarding outside service.


2018-2019 Service Deadlines (Service grade on report card will reflect these deadlines being met)

Half of required (50%) are due by January 1st, 2019
All required service hours (100%) are due by April 15th, 2019


Freshmen (Class of 2022—20 hours

(Must be completed through three separate activities, there is a 10 hour max for some activities, please see above.)


Sophomores (Class of 2021—20 hours

(Must be completed at two separate activities. Sophomores should begin discerning a single justice issues/concern that they will focus their junior service and senior advocacy project on.)

Juniors (Class of 2020) - Junior Service Project- See Below

Beginning this year for members of the junior class, students will no longer be continuing the practice of turning in service hours. Instead, students in the class of 2020 will choose a specific area of concern to focus all of their service on during the 2018-2019 school year. For example, if a student is interested in serving those affected by homelessness, then he may choose to complete his service next year at a location such as Hope Community Services or similar food pantry. Another example - if a student is interested in environmental issues, they might choose to complete their service at the Greenburgh Nature Center. Regardless of what they choose to do for their junior service, their junior service project will be the first part of their senior capstone advocacy project, to be completed by January of their senior year (2019-2020 academic year). There will be no submission of hour logs, instead juniors will need to keep a log or journal of their experiences during the volunteer process. This would include their own reflections, pictures and videos, which should be uploaded to their Google account. These items will be used in their senior year in order to help them complete their senior capstone advocacy project.

Seniors (Class of 2019)—35 hours



All Christian service hours for 10th and 12th graders must be submitted using the form found at the bottom of this page titled "2018-2019 Student Christian Service Hours Credit Form"


Please see Mr. D’Alfonso with questions or concerns on these requirements. Students are expected to complete their designated Christian Service hours within the class year they are assigned. If this requirement is not fulfilled by deadline date, an F will be entered for their grade. In addition, ten hours will be assigned to be completed the following year.