Community Service

Care for Your Community - Image of town within a red heart, next to many reaching hands.

Monthly Service Opportunity

K12 Care for Your Community Campaign provides students a monthly opportunity to participate in local Community Service Projects.  Students benefit by learning the importance of serving in the community and partnering with local charities.  Check out our monthly service opportunities below to learn how to get involved and see the amazing work Arkansas Virtual Academy students are doing.

Update your Twitter and Facebook profile with the Care for Your Community Twibbon!

Please track all community service efforts and hours here:

Share photos of your community service on our school Facebook page.

Back to School Supply Drive

AUGUST – Back to School (B2S) Supply Drive

This fall thousands of children will go back to school without the supplies they need. You can help!

Project Description

Through the Back to School (B2S) Supply Drive, you can help students in need in your local community. Fill a backpack with standard school supplies or organize a school supply drive and donate at a Salvation Army drop-off site.

  1. Collect and donate back to school supplies, such as pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, backpacks, etc. You can drop them off at your local Salvation Army or schedule a free pickup.
  2. Purchase a Care for Your Community backpack to keep or fill and donate. Sale proceeds will be donated to the Salvation Army.
  3. Care for Your Community Backpack
  4. Take photos of you with your donation items and share them on your school Facebook page by August 31. 
  5. Be sure to tell us about your efforts by completing the Community Service Survey!


Event Name: K12 Public School at Home Tour – Wild About Learning Academy
Date: August 9, 2018
Time: 9 am – 6 pm
Location: 1100 SE 22nd St. Bentonville, AR 72712
Description: Come visit the K12 Public School at Home Tour and bring school supplies to donate to those in need!
Link to register:

July Community Service Logo - Clean up a park

JULY – Support the Power of Parks!

July is Parks and Recreation Month. This year's theme is Parks and Recreation: A Lifetime of Discovery. The National Recreation and Park Association is challenging everyone to explore the "undiscovered" power of parks!

Together, let's celebrate the unique role parks play in our communities!

Order a School T-Shirt Today

Order your K12 Cares t-shirt this month and help keep our parks clean and beautiful!

Project Description

Clean Up a Park!

  1. Join us at an organized group event below, or individually partner with your community park to clean up litter, plant flowers, or remove invasive plants.
  2. Purchase a Care for Your Community tee! Proceeds will be donated to the National Recreation and Park Association.
  3. Take photos of your park cleanup and share them on your school Facebook page by July 30. 
  4. Be sure to tell us about your efforts by completing the Community Service Survey!


Event Name: The Power of Parks – Be a Super Hero

Date: 07/26/2018

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Laurel Park, Conway, AR

Description: July's community service supports National Parks and Recreation Association. Parks have the power to strengthen the community, transform lives, and protect the future. Come be a SUPER HERO and help protect our parks. Wear your favorite super hero shirt and join others as we help clean up the park and preserve the beauty of the place where we love to play and relax! 

An ARVA representative will be at the pavilion by the playground to provide more information and additional fun items to make this event SUPER! 

Important Reminders: Wear you favorite Super Hero shirt. Please make sure to wear closed toe shoes. 

Link to register:

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Kids at a lemonade stand fundraiser

JUNE – Join the Fight Against Childhood Cancer

Help change the lives of children with cancer, raise awareness, and empower others to help find a cure by partnering—alone or as a group—with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Project Description

Set Up a Lemonade Stand

Be part of a national movement to fight childhood cancer—one cup at a time!  Visit the foundation's website for all the details.

  1. Choose your location, date and time, and register your Alex’s Lemonade Stand. (We encourage children to participate every step of the way, they will just need an adult to help them register.)
  2. You can choose to have an event kit mailed to you and you’ll get a personal event coach from Alex’s Lemonade Stand to help answer your questions.
  3. Take photos of your lemonade stand and share them on your school Facebook page by June 30.
  4. Be sure to tell us about your efforts by completing the Community Service Survey!


Alex’s Lemonade Stand and Walk-a-thon

Maumelle Parks and Recreation – Lake Valencia
Next to the Maumelle Library

10 Lake Pointe Dr.  Maumelle, AR  72113

6/22 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 p.m.

Do you live in or around the Central Arkansas area and want to participate in a student community service project?  

Stop by Lake Valencia and the walking trail as students and families join together in support of Alex's Lemonade Childhood Cancer Awareness. 

Walk the beautiful .57 mile trail around Lake Valencia.  Join us for outdoor games and of course lemonade.   

The event is FREE, but donations are welcome.   All money raised will go to preventing and helping those with childhood cancer!

Register today!  We look forward to seeing you there!

Stamp Out Hunger Logo

MAY – Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

You're invited to participate in the largest one-day food drive in the nation!

Saturday, May 12 is the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive. On that day, letter carriers all over the country will collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes.   

This is a wonderful opportunity for you, individually or as part of a group, to show support for local families in need. Watch this video to see the difference you could make.

Project Description

Fill a bag or box with non-perishable food items. Leave it by your mailbox on Saturday, May 12 for your letter carrier to pick up. Or organize a food drive in your community and deliver food to a local food bank or shelter.

Take photos of your donations at your mailbox or distribution site and share them on your school Facebook page by May 31.


KidsFest Street Faire
Sunday, May 6th
11 am – 3 pm
Downtown Bentonville
Register at

Arkansas Food Bank
Saturday, May 12th
6 pm – 8:30 pm
Little Rock
Register at

Pinwheels for Prevention pinwheel garden

APRIL – Pinwheels for Prevention®

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and we invite you to show your support for our nation's children by making your own pinwheel display!

Pinwheels are the national symbol of child abuse prevention and a visible reminder of the happy and healthy childhood that all children deserve.

Project Description

Make or purchase inexpensive pinwheels and create a pinwheel garden in your yard or at a local business (with permission). Or you can make a Pinwheels for Prevention poster to display on your front porch or window, and be sure to include your school's name!


ARVA Student holding sign

ARVA Students at Community Service Event

MARCH – Read Across America Book Drive

March Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.   

Project Description

Option 1:  Book Donation

  • Share your love of reading by donating gently used books to the local library.

Option 2:  Volunteer

  • Volunteer to read a favorite book at a local library or bookstore story time or to a senior at a local assisted living facility.

Option 3:  Little Free Library Project


Read Across America – Book Donation
Children’s Library & Learning Center
Little Rock, AR
March 27th – 4pm – 6pm

FEBRUARY – Love a Charity

February is a great time to show your favorite charities some love by making an extra contribution or volunteering your time and talent.

Project Description

Option 1:  Spread Love with Valentine’s

  • Make and deliver Valentine cards and spread love to those needing it the most.
  • Senior Citizens in Assisted Living or Nursing Home Facility
  • Patients at the Local Children’s Hospital
  • Fire Fighters, Police Officers, or EMT’s in the Local Community

Love A Charity – Make Valentine’s Cards
Children’s Library and Learning Center
Little Rock, AR
February 12th – 3pm – 5 pm

*Children made over 50 Valentine’s that were distributed to 5 Senior Living Centers in the Central Arkansas Area to residents

ARVA Valentine Cards Image


Children making Valentine's Day cards


Valentine's Day cards made by students