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Service Learning
What is Service Learning?

Service-learning is a teaching and learning methodology that connects classroom curriculum with identify community issues and needs. Service-learning engages students in projects that serve the community and build their social, civic, and academic capacities. Each service-learning experience must have three distinct components in order for it to count toward the graduation requirement: Preparation, Action, Reflection. Students can earn service-learning credit by participating in a classroom service project, an after-school project, or a student club service project provided that all three components are in place.


How can I earn volunteer hours?
VOLUNTEER HOURS DO NOT COUNT TOWARDS GRADUATION REQUIREMENT.

Students may earn volunteer hours hours in the following ways:
  • Participate in an approved classroom-integrated service project;
  • Participate in an approved after-school project with a teacher or community organization;
  • Participate in an approved project of an extracurricular club at your school;
  • Volunteer with an approved community organization
  • ​For the graduating classes of 2020 and beyond, students will need to complete a minimum of two (2) classroom-integrated service-learning projects: one service-learning project in a Civics or AP Government course and one additional classroom-integrated service-learning project.

I served my volunteer hours, now what?
  • SCHOOL SPONSORED ACTIVITY - Students must coordinated with activity sponsor details for serving. Students are responsible for filling out a time sheet for their service, having it signed by the sponsoring staff member and writing a post reflection essay.
  • OFF CAMPUS SERVICE: Students must coordinated with activity sponsor details for serving. Students are responsible for filling out a time sheet for their service, having it signed by the sponsoring staff member and writing a post reflection essay.

Student Resources

Visit the CPS Service Learning website for complete information and community partners to help you find the service project. ​CLICK HERE


Types of acceptable service
  • Volunteering in a soup kitchen, food pantry, animal shelter, or hospital (reading to children, delivering food)
  • Volunteering at a YMCA or Boys & Girls Club
  • Tutoring students in a school or community-based organization
  • Walk-a-thons with non-profit organizations
  • Neighborhood clean-ups with community organizations
  • Volunteering as helpers at MLA school functions (open houses, report card pick up, etc)
  • Only acceptable church activities: tutoring, food/clothes pantry, and soup kitchen, community clean up, clothing drive, youth sports.

Activities not eligible for volunteer hours
  • Work with for-profit businesses and corporations (including daycare centers);
  • Work with religious organizations if the service involves promoting a particular faith;
  • Volunteer work where no academic objective is addressed;
  • Work that is financially reimbursed;
  • Assisting teachers in classroom tasks (grading, filing, clean up)
  • Favors for neighbors (walking pets, cleaning snow/leaves etc.
  • Chores, babysitting or assisting a relative