The Silver Cord Award is a distinguished graduation award available to DHS students who volunteer for a total of 200 service hours and is awarded at the annual Awards Ceremony in the spring and at Commencement.

Students who wish to earn a Silver Cord Award must complete and verify the required hours by their graduation. Students can start counting volunteer hours the day after their last day of 8th grade. If students transfer to Decorah High School during their high school career, they will be required to complete 50 hours per year starting with the year they transfer.

Students are encouraged to volunteer 50 hours per year.  However, they can accumulate the hours at any point to achieve 200 hours by May 1st of their senior year. If more than 50 hours are accumulated in one year, extra hours will be carried over to the next year.  The Silver Cord committee will review the hours submitted. Students should make every effort to submit verification forms at the end of each semester.

The DHS Silver Cord program was established to encourage high school students to help others in their community.  Therefore, only work performed for those other than a parent or guardian will qualify.

Volunteer hours cannot be paid hours or court-ordered community service hours.

A list of pre-approved volunteer opportunities and all of the forms required can be found below.  Students may ask for approval of opportunities not on the list through the Silver Cord Coordinator.  

Community members wishing to promote their volunteer opportunities should email Mrs. Fox at with the information about the event.  She will then send the information through the DHS Silver Cord Remind App.

For the most current volunteer opportunities, please sign up to receive text messages or emails through the Remind App.

Students (and parents) can sign up for texts with information about service opportunities through the Remind program through this link:


Silver Cord Coordinator

(563) 382-3643 ext. 1227