Mutsy - I think that all schools should require community service hours because it makes children realize that there are others in the world besides themselves and it creates a sense of obligation that foster leadership skills.
It also makes them feel good which reinforces the notion that helping others is very rewarding.
I know that I could go on about the Make a Wish Foundation. I was a wish granter which meant that I had to interview the children to see what their wish was and then made sure that Make a Wish delivered their wish as promised.
I was also there on Wish day as well. It was a wonderful experience that makes you realize how grateful we should all be for what we have because there is nothing sadder than a child facing a terminal illness.