Service Learning Info


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Service Learning Mission

It is the mission of Service Learning to empower and to unify our communities through service, education, and action.

All *students are required to participate in Service Learning group. Service Learning groups will be presented to the students at the beginning of the year and students will choose their preferred three groups. While we make every effort to give students one of their preferred choices, we cannot guarantee this. Students should choose groups based on their interest, not based on whether friends choose them or which teachers are leading them.

Activities in Service Learning will include researching a topic, a presentation, reflection, and off-campus activities as appropriate for their group.

Grading will be based on two components – first, in-class activities and participation and second, Community Outreach Hours (explained below). Each component makes up 50% of the Service Learning Grade.

*Students participating in PSEO will be required to complete Community Outreach Hours. However, their participation in a Service Learning Group will be determined by their Spectrum School Counselor based upon the student’s schedule.

Community Outreach:

9-12th Graders are required to have a total of 20 hours (five hours per quarter)

6-8th Graders are required to have a total of 12 hours (three hours per quarter)

Summer volunteer hours can count towards fall hours. All other hours must be completed during the current quarter.


What counts as Community Outreach?

Community Outreach is intended for you to volunteer your services to someone in need.

Raking, shoveling, mowing for a neighbor, childcare at a church, working at a food shelf, etc. counts as Community Outreach.

Teachers might also need out-of-school assistance in which they may offer hours in exchange for moving furniture or other school related activities.


What does not count as Community Outreach?

Community Outreach is not an activity in which you receive compensation or pay.

Community Outreach is not doing something for a family member (with or without pay), regardless of age.

Community Outreach is not working for a fundraiser in which you are earning money for an activity or sport that you participate in.


Turning in Hours

Hours are due the Monday before the end of the Quarter. Check school calendar for specific due dates.

Anything turned in after the above dates must first be signed by Mr. Leland (gr. 9-12) or Mr. Heinecke (gr, 6-8) before turning into your Service Learning Teacher. 

Hours will only be accepted in paper form (NO emails, please) and need to be signed by the adult supervising.

o Family members may not sign for your hours, even if they are leading the group. You MUST find another supervisor.

o Exception: Programs like Feed My Starving Children give out a paper with confirmation of your participation. You may staple these to the back of your Community Outreach hours. 

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