DO.C.K Program

Dover Caring Kids Program

Overview: Dover Middle School is proud to continue our Do.C.K. Program for the 2019-2020 school year. We want to remain true to the intent of the program: service to the community. We believe it is important for our young people to understand that giving back to the community is an important element of being a good citizen and that the best reward from this form of citizenship is intrinsic in nature. Additionally, we believe the Do.C.K. program gives us a great opportunity to connect our school community to the community-at-large in a positive way.  
The deadline for DOCK hours is Friday, April 17th.   

Membership: The Do.C.K. program is open to ALL Dover Middle School students.  Meetings may occur throughout the school year, and any important information will be given to students via announcements.  A reward trip at the end of the school year will offered to any students earning 12 service hours of approved, documented school or community service.  The deadline for submitting earned hours will be in late April.  Once a student has earned the needed hours, all documented service hours will need to be turned in to the office.  Students participating in Do.C.K. are expected to be in good standing.  

Fall Activity:

I. DMS Staff Member Raking Teams: On Saturday, November 16, 2019, DMS will embark on a massive leaf raking campaign. Rather than just asking students to participate with the help of their parents, we are also going to have DMS staff-led groups. These staff-led and parent-led groups will all meet at DMS on November 16 and then travel either with parent groups or via school bus to the various leaf raking sites around the community. This activity will run from 9-12, and will therefore count for 3 hours toward a student’s total for the year.

II. Parent-Led Raking Teams: We know some parents would like to be involved with their young people for this activity. Therefore, we will still encourage parent-led teams to take groups of students to various leaf raking sites around the community. Please note that all groups (both parent-led and staff-led) will meet at DMS before leaf raking on November 16 so that we may be one united team! Also, we plan on having refreshments and donuts the morning of the event to energize all of us before we get to work.

III. DMS Facility Crew: We plan to offer an hour here at the middle school once each in the fall and spring after school until 3:30. During this time, students will assist staff members with cleaning various areas around the school building. We plan to offer these days in September/ October and March / April. 
Winter/Spring Activity:

I. Individual Do.C.K. Opportunities: Students may choose from a pre-selected menu of community service opportunities in and around the community. We have already contacted these organizations, and they are excited to have a group of students work with them to provide a service. Each student will need to receive a signed certificate from the “supervisor” of any of the activities listed below. The certificate will need to include the date(s) of service, service(s) provided, hours served, and signature of supervisor. 

I. Possible Activities:

Community Opportunities:

a.   Goodwill
b.   Shoveling snow for an elderly person in the community
c.   Spring clean-up for an elderly person in the community (organizing garage, etc.)
d.   Hospice
e.   Animal shelter volunteer 
f.   Homeless Shelter
g.   Food Bank
h.   Volunteering at nursing homes
i.   Scouting projects
j.   Volunteering at hospital
k.   Rainbow Connection Door to Door Drive
l.   Relay for Life participation

District / School Opportunities:

m.   Fall Leaf Raking (up to 3 hours)
n.   DMS Facility Crew (up to 2 hours)
o.   Cafeteria Clean – Up (up to 9 hours)
p.   East School Carnival Help
q.   Teacher helper at one of the elementary buildings after 2:30 p.m. 
r.   Help at Book Fair at any of Dover Schools
s.   Market Day Setup at East or Dover Avenue 
t.   Other_________________ Call DMS assistant principal or guidance counselor for approval

Upcoming Events

East School Carnival
March 7th 9:00-4:00
Parent Permission forms are available in the middle school office.
Students must turn in a permission form to the office to volunteer.
Student volunteers need to be submitted by February 25th.  
The deadline for DOCK hours is Friday, April 17th.  

Approval Form

The approval sheet needs to be filled out and turned in to Mrs. Smith or Mr. Reveal BEFORE completing hours for the DOCK program.  School - sponsored activities, such as the leaf raking and DMS clean - up crew, do not require prior approval.  See Mrs. Smith or Mr. Reveal for an approval form or questions.
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