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National Honor Society student will receive credit for serving at her church

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Published: Friday, June 1 2012 4:47 p.m. MDT

Our take: A 17-year old student from the Fairfax (Va.) County School District has had to fight to receive National Honor Society credit for her volunteer service work which was done at her church rather than a non-religious location. Because of her school's "Faith Based Service Policy" the student was put on probation for choosing to work at her church. After a lawsuit was filed, the school board revised its policy and she received the 45 hours of credit she'd earned.

A Virginia high school student has won her fight to receive National Honor Society credit for teaching and mentoring children at her church instead of at a non-religious organization.

After Alliance Defense Fund filed suit on the Thomas Jefferson High School student's behalf, the Fairfax County School Board revised its policy that initially prevented the 17-year-old honor student from receiving credit for her 45 hours of service work she performed by teaching and mentoring children at her church.

"Even if she'd been doing the same types of activities at a Boys and Girls Club, or a scouting organization or something like that, she would've received credit under the old policy," explains litigation staff counsel Matt Sharp. "But because she chose to do that work at a church, she was originally denied any credit and ultimately put on probation with the National Honor Society."

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