Silver Cord

The Silver Cord of Service is a distinguished volunteer service award available to all Lone Tree high school students. The purpose of the Silver Cord Service program is to instill within students the importance of community service and encourage them to invest in their own education and in their community on a regular basis during their high school years. Silver Cord  Service award recipients will receive a special honor cord to wear during graduation as recognition of their outstanding achievement.  Lone Tree high school students who complete 100 hours of community service during their four years of high school with participation of 25 hours each year will be recognized. 

Service NOT recognized: 

  • School activities such as; selling merchandise, homecoming events, music or athletic practices

  • Work or babysitting for one’s family or any other family

  • Service/time for which you are being financially reimbursed or compensated in any manner

  • Travel time to and from the service site/activity

  • Individual or personal services such as babysitting or peer tutoring

  • Participation in self-improvement workshops and clinics

  • Court-orders or disciplinary requirement

  • Activities that are part of a Lone team, club, activity or course

  • Hours may not be completed during their regular school day

  • Silver Cord hours may not be directly involved with rituals, services, or ceremonies of any specific religion. Examples of invalid activities include, but are not limited to: singing in the choir, candle lighting, reading from religious texts, altar service, ushering, or passing out programs. 


Service must be performed through a nonprofit agency or affiliated organization.  It is the intent of the Silver Cord program hours be in direct service to others in need through local community service agencies and other outreach opportunities. Silver Cord hours must meet a clearly defined need for an agency, charity program, church, political agency, social service, group or community event.  Accepted religious activities include, but are not limited to: participating with Sunday/Wednesday school, Vacation Bible School, baby-sitting during religious services, working on sound crew, taking video of a service or mission trips. 

Silver Cord Community Service forms are available by clicking this LINK. We will accept no more than 12 hours per day of an activity for Silver Cord and all hours must be submitted prior to the end of the school year in which they were completed. Service hours completed over the summer will be accepted beginning the summer after the completion of 8th grade. Students should contact the Lone Tree high school counselor with questions regarding acceptable service activities.

Online log sheet can be accessed through the link below. Log sheet must be filled out completely including the name, address, and phone number of activity supervisor.  Forms must be completed by April 30, 2025. Please reach out to the school counselor with any concerns or question at [email protected].


Volunteer opportunities:

Lone Tree Community Foundation - Help upgrade the city parks and other areas around Lone Tree this summer. All materials and supplies will be provided. Call 319-331-5339 or email at [email protected]

Johnson County Affordable Housing Coalition - Do you know a high school student looking to earn Silver Cord volunteer hours this summer? Send us an email to access opportunities at [email protected].

Crowded Closet MCC Thrift Shop - Volunteer June/July/August - Contact Christine Maust Beachy at 319-337-5924 or [email protected]