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Service Stars Recognition Ceremony

The Service-Learning Database is Coming! 

Students will soon be allowed to find service-learning projects outside of the classroom to fulfill their requirements!

What is the service-learning requirement?
The Maryland State Department of Education requires each student to complete 75 hours of student service-learning which includes preparation, action, and reflection. Each county decides how to implement their service-learning program. Currently in Anne Arundel County, all service-learning hours are infused into classes from 5th through 11th grade.

STUDENTS WILL NEED TO COMPLETE 75 HOURS IN ORDER TO GRADUATE.

What is service-learning?
Service-learning is a teaching method that combines meaningful service to the community with curriculum-based learning. Students improve their academic skills by applying what they learn in school to real world issues; they then reflect on their experience to reinforce the link between their service and their learning.

How does service-learning work?
Service-Learning has three parts:

PREPARATION & RESEARCH:
Students are introduced to the community need they are going to address, explore issues related to the community need, and develop special skills needed to carry out their project
ACTION: Three types exist;
Direct Service: tutoring, mentoring, visiting the elderly
Indirect Service: collections, fundraisers, cleanups, drives
Advocacy: lobbying, speaking, performing 
REFLECTION:
Students have the opportunity to express their thought, feelings, and questions about what they learned as they performed service and how it impacted the community.

How is service-learning structured in Anne Arundel County Public Schools?
Service-Learning is currently infused in the following classes.

5 hours in 5th grade

30 hours in middle school 
10 in 6th grade 
10 in 7th grade 
10 in 8th grade
40 hours in high school 
10 in US Government (9th / 11th) 
10 in Health (9th / 10th) 
10 in Science (10th) 
10 in English (11th)  
Why is there a service-learning requirement?
Service-Learning contributes to raising the students’ awareness of the needs of the community. Students learn the responsibilities involved in citizenship and an appreciation for cultural diversity and teamwork. In addition, students can explore career opportunities. Service-Learning fosters those “intangibles” – personal values, beliefs, self-esteem, self-confidence, awareness, empathy, social responsibility. It also helps students foster a sense of caring for others, and helps them see their roles as citizens and as active participants in the solution of community problems.

"Service-learning is a particularly fertile way of involving young people in community service because it ties helping others to what they are learning in the classroom. In the process, it provides a compelling answer to the perennial question: ‘Why do I need to learn this stuff?’” 
                                                                                           -General Colin Powell

How is service-learning different from community service or volunteering?
During Service-Learning, students take time to study their community and understand how many of their academic studies are involved as a citizen. Community service carries connotations of restitution for committing a non-violent crime, It does not address the vial learning that can take place during service. Volunteering refers to a person demonstrating good will to offer time and energy to address a need, rather than a structured learning experience.

How can parents keep track of service-learning hours?
Service-Learning hours are displayed on student’s report cards.

How do transfer students fulfill the service-learning requirement?
Hours earned can be transferred from other Maryland school districts.

Students transferred during 5th through 8th grades will be required to complete service-learning projects as required in their middle schools.

Transfer students entering in 9th or 10th grades will be expected to make up all service-learning hours as required in high school (40 hrs).

Students entering in the 11th and 12th grades will need to meet the graduation requirements and will work with counselors or administrators to complete projects.

For more information, or if you have a question, comment, or concern, please contact the Service Learning Office at 410-224-8566.