State law requires districts to implement community service education or service learning programs, or encourages and offers student incentives for participation (e.g., recognition programs or course credit).
Arkansas Administrative Rules 005.22.013-3.00 Definitions
3.06 Pre-K through 6th Grade Programs: Programs that target at-risk students, which may include, but are not limited to, before and after school services, parent centers, parent involvement activities, family literacy, service-learning, tutoring, and mentoring. 3.06.1 Service-Learning: Programs that engage students in structured, hands-on service projects that meet community needs, and at the same time helps students develop personal, civic, and academic skills.
Arkansas Code 6-16-120. Academic credit for community service
(a) Beginning with the 1996-1997 school year, a student who has completed a minimum of seventy-five (75) clock hours of documented community service in grades nine through twelve (9-12), as certified by the service agency or organization to the school, shall be eligible to receive one (1) academic credit that may be applied toward graduation.
(b) The community service shall be in programs or activities approved by the State Board of Education and the local school district board of directors and shall include preparation, action, and reflection components.
(c) A local school district board of directors may grant a waiver of this requirement with notice to the state board.
(d) The state board is hereby authorized to promulgate rules and regulations necessary for the implementation of this section.
Community Service Learning
This site provides information regarding CSL in Arkansas schools.