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When most people hear the words community service, they tend to think of "privileged" individuals going out and serving the "less privileged". Many people in society today think that only wealthy people need to perform community service as a way to deepen their sense of social responsibility (Bojar, 1989). Society needs to realize that community service participation can be of great value to everyone, not just the wealthy. The words "public" and "duty" are often considered synonyms for the terms "community" and "service", respectively. In other words, one could say that it is the "public's duty" to help one another. Race, ethnic background, and socio-economic status do not affect one's ability to participate in community service programs. Community service is an act of citizenship and every American is responsible for serving his or her community in some way (Barber & Battistoni, 1993). Basically, community service participation should be viewed as one's civic responsibility, not as an act of charity.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Michael D. Waggoner


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