By having the requirement that students must have community service hours, before graduating high school, leads to many positive gains. One being, academic gain. When students go out and are volunteering, they are able to apply what they have learned in the classroom to the real world. Along with that, students will overall do better in school. And, students are able to first hand witness that their actions do have an impact on their community (onlinecollege.org).
Although there are positives to community service hours, there are also cons. One of the biggest cons is that high school students are typically extremely busy (classroom.synonym.com). By making it a requirement that you must have community service hours, students may run into the problem of not having enough time for other things they do, such as: school work, work, athletics, and clubs. If students are involved with other activities and then have to get community service hours in, they may not get the proper amount of sleep which is not good for a student, and could hurt their academic performances.
I think that it is a good idea for students attending Bettendorf High School to be required to have community service hours because it is a good thing to give back to the community and help those who are in need. By volunteering, students are able to gain so many real world skills. And, even though students are busy, they do tend to find time to get everything done.