Silver Cord

The Silver Cord Award is a distinguished volunteer service award available to Union High School students who earn a minimum 50 hours of community service/volunteering during their years of high school, for a total of at least 200 hours by the end of their senior year. Students can start the program at any time while in high school and can receive yearly recognition for a minimum of 50 documented hours (awards are listed below). Special consideration will be given to students who move in late in their high school career. Upon completion of hours, participants will receive a Silver Cord to wear on their robes at graduation in recognition of their achievement.
If you are interested in the program, we recommend that you enroll by completing an enrollment form and submitting it to Mrs. Kriz (either in the guidance office or email it). Enrolling in the program will put you on the email list for updates on potential volunteer opportunities.

After enrolling, students can begin volunteering. If your volunteer work is only a single time event, students should take a verification/reflection form with them the day of the event to have the supervisor complete. If the volunteer work will span several days, we encourage students to use the back of the verification form (documentation of hours) to keep track of volunteer hours. At the end of their volunteering, students should take their form to their supervisor and have the supervisor complete the community member portion of the verification/reflection form. Students can not complete volunteer hours for family members/relatives. After completing the form, students should submit to Mrs. Kriz in the guidance office throughout the year but no later than Monday, April 26, 2020.


Questions can be directed toward Amy Kriz or Erin Wittenburg.  For more information, forms or current volunteer opportunities, please visit the Counselor's Corner Website.


Underclassmen Recognition:

  • 50 hours - "S" Letter & Silver Bar
  • 75 hours or over - "Service" Medal


Senior Recognition:

  • 50 x years = (200 hours) - Silver Cord and Silver Bar
  • 75 x years = (300 hours) - "Service and Character" Lapel Medal
  • 100 x years = (400 hours) - Neck Medallion

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Superintendent - Travis Fleshner

200 Adams Street
La Porte City, Iowa 50651

Phone: 319-342-2674
Fax: 319-342-2393

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