Service Learning Guidelines

While volunteering in any community service project is noteworthy, Service Learning (SL) is much more inclusive. SL is a teaching/learning method that connects meaningful community service experiences with academic learning, personal growth, and civic responsibility. While credit will be given for community service, SL credit is only given for active participation in thoughtfully organized service experiences that:  

·         Meet community and/or school needs;

·         Are coordinated in collaboration with the school and the community;

·         May be integrated into the curriculum;

·         Provide structured time for a student to reflect, talk, and write about what he/she learns during service activities;

·         Provide students with skills and knowledge in real life situations in their own communities;

·         Enhance what is taught in the school by extending student learning beyond the classroom; and

·         Help foster the development of a sense of caring for others.

 

SL Guidelines

1. SL hours must be turned in 10 days after the end of each grading period. Seniors are to turn in all their hours by the last Thursday in March to be considered for Senior Honors.

2. SL hours can only be approved by the supervisor at the agency. Family members and students may not sign off as a supervisor.

3. Activities for which students are personally compensated or which are required as a form of restitution cannot be counted toward SL. Compensation includes all forms of payment (money, discounts, items, grades, privileges, etc.)

4. Hours will be approved for service only. Hours will not be approved for donations, such as contributions of funds or other items.

5. Students can participate in a fund-raising event for a non-profit organization, however, soliciting for donations, selling items, running/walking/swimming/biking, etc. to raise money, will not be approved.

6. Students will not receive SL hours for camps, classes, or any organizations that charge a fee or tuition.

7. Activities can be counted that involve studying and/or advocating for important community needs, as long as such studying leads to formal recommendations for action and the student remains involved.

8. School activities can meet SL requirements if they benefit or promote the general welfare of the entire school.

9. The activity cannot be provided to a for-profit organization. Exception - students can receive SL credit for participating in service opportunities at assisted living facilities or nursing homes if the service is provided to resident patients.

10. Activities through any organization, such as a church or a student club, which are solely for its members, will not be approved. Religious and faith-based hours can be approved as long as the work is not in conjunction with any worship service or religious activity.

11. Students do not receive SL credit for participating on the front lines of a non-profit fundraiser (soliciting for donations, selling concessions or other items or for running, walking, swimming or biking etc. to raise funds). Students who support non-profit fundraisers by volunteering behind the scenes (planning and organizing) may receive credit.

12. Nonpartisan political activities may count toward SL hours. Activities that promote specific candidates or political parties, or are affiliated with a specific political agenda, will not count for service hours.

13. Time spent formally organizing and planning a SL activity or participating in training can be counted as long as the hours can be quantified and verified. Such planning must be a part of active involvement.

14. Students must complete the SL Google Form (located at this web site) to receive credit for their service hours. Students who complete more than one day of service with the same organization are required to submit a Daily Log, which is also located at this web site.  No estimated or bundled hours will be accepted.