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Programs > Service-Learning
Civic Engagement

Projects are listed alphabetically by title.

 

Clicking on the project title will take you to a full description of the project, the indicators met, and the procedures followed, as well as a reflection on the project. Each of these projects can be tailored to fit your own purposes and level of service as appropriate for your students and school district.

 

Clicking on the project author’s name will open an email with their email address.

 

Clicking on the county’s name will take you to the Service-Learning page for that county.

 

Recommendation: Because some of these pages will have dozens of project descriptions, it may help you to use the “Find” feature. On some browsers, hitting Ctrl+F will open a toolbar or pop up box that will allow you to search the whole document or web page for one, specific keyword or phrase.  

Candidate Forums by G. Edward Fielder in Harford County. Created for high school. Sherry Unger winner.

          Primary Subjects: Government, U.S. History

          Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Government, U.S. History

          Level of Service: Indirect

          Project Description: Our service-learning project informed Harford County voters, especially younger voters, about the 2002 election's local candidates. To accomplish this goal, the students created a website to hold two candidates' forums, one for local candidates and one for federal and state candidates.

 

Caring for Others by Barbara Cooksey Abell in St. Mary’s County. Created for elementary school. Sherry Unger winner.

          Primary Subjects: Social Studies

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Social Studies

            Level of Service: Indirect

            Project Description: In order to increase students’ awareness of others and to develop their leadership skills, a number of community service-learning projects were conducted during the 2005-2006 school year.  The MES Principal’s Student Forum launched a Hurricane Katrina stuffed animals collection and a penny drive for the pre-school children in Louisiana and carried out projects for local veterans.

 

Caring Through Communication Technology by Linda Brown in Talbot County. Created for high school. Fellows project.

          Primary Subjects: Technology Education

          Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Technology Education

          Level of Service: Indirect

          Project Description: "Caring Through Communication Technology" is infused into an introductory ninth grade Technology Education class. As a part of the communication unit, students examine community needs, choose an issue, and work in small groups to research their topics. The students then plan, develop, perform, tape and edit a public service announcement addressing their issue. Video and computer technology is required. At the end, the students present their announcement to an audience they have selected, providing further information on the issue and an opportunity for discussion.

 

Connecting with the Community by Laurie Chetelat in Worcester County. Created for high school. Sherry Unger winner.

          Primary Subjects: Organizational skills

          Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Government

          Level of Service: Indirect

          Project Description: "Connections" is a student developed and run volunteer center based out of Stephen Decatur High School. The center serves as a liaison between students and community organizations to regulate, organize, and increase the "supply and demand" of student volunteers. The center will undergo multi-phases of development, but is currently offering services to students as it continues to expand to fulfill its complete mission. So far, the project has created more open communication between the school and the community.

 

Elementary School-Wide Service by Wende Borowski and Brad Hoffman in Montgomery County. Created for elementary school. Fellows project.

          Primary Subjects: Math, Science, Social Studies, English

          Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Varies

          Level of Service: Direct, Indirect, Advocacy

          Project Description: At Somerset Elementary, we have developed a K-5 sequence integrating service-learning as a teaching strategy with other aspects of the Montgomery County curriculum, where each grade has a focused curriculum area that integrates our MCPS academic indicators, curriculum standards, character education connections and service opportunities. Each grade level project is further connected to the county guidance five domains: personal development, academic development, interpersonal development, healthy development and career development. The school counselor addresses these domains through school-wide assemblies, classroom lessons, and small-group meetings.

 

Get Out the Vote by Sharon Blake in Baltimore City. Created for high school. Fellows project.

          Primary Subjects: Government, English

          Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Government, English

          Level of Service: Direct

          Project Description: This service activity engaged students in a "Get Out The Vote" effort two weeks before and the day of the Primary Election.  Each student conducted a survey of twenty-five people in their neighborhood and/or community to identify what would help them be assured that they would vote on Primary Election Day. A simulation was used to prepare the students to knock on the doors of citizens and remind them to go to the polls and vote in a very friendly but informative manner. This activity included having students inform citizens of car pools that would deliver citizens to and from their polling place. This was considered the "Flush" team and/or "Getting Out The Vote."

 

Lobbying Public Issues by MSDE. Created for high school. 2007 Service-Learning Unit.

          Primary Subjects: Social Studies, English

          Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Social Studies, English

          Level of Service: Advocacy

          Project Description: Students will identify, research, and advocate a public issue that affects their community.

 

Mailings for Many created by MSDE. Created for middle school (Alt-MSA). 2009 Special Education Service-Learning Unit.

          Primary Subjects: English

          Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: English

          Level of Service: Direct, Indirect, Advocacy

          Project Description: In every community there are non-profit organizations that can use help preparing mailings. Mailing preparation may include stuffing envelopes with letters, inserts, and/or coupons which must be distributed to the public. Many of these mailings are fundraisers to assist the organization which is meeting a need in the community. In addition, mailings may include attaching labels to envelopes, sealing the envelopes, and sorting by zip code.

 

Senior Government Social Issues by Michael Daniel in Harford County. Created for high school. Fellows project.

          Primary Subjects: Government

          Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Government

          Level of Service: Direct, Indirect

          Project Description: This service-learning project, which continually produces outstanding reactions from students, is the soup kitchen portion of the social issues project in my senior government classes. Students select an issue, research the topic, then carry out a service project on the topic.

 

Service Club by Sally Poole in Washington County. Created for high school. Fellows project.

          Primary Subjects: Character Education, After School Program

          Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Varies

          Level of Service: Direct, Indirect, Advocacy

          Project Description: This is not the usual classroom project that is built by connecting service with classroom experiences and curriculum. I was confronted with the need for educating students about student service-learning (SSL), which was at an all time minimum required level at our school. I choose to start a Service Club after my first year in the SSL advisor’s position. Its inception began two years ago by connecting with the REACH Cold Weather Shelter and offering our students an opportunity to serve meals to people who are homeless. After engaging a group of 25 students in this project the stage was set for starting a Service Club. Their goal for the year was to advocate for SSL through a variety of projects and invite the entire student population to become involved in these projects.

 

Service-Learning Leadership Camp by Estelle Sanzenbacher in Carroll County. Created for middle and high school. Sherry Unger winner.

          Primary Subjects: Character Education, Summer Camp

          Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Character Education, Varies

          Level of Service: Direct, Indirect, Advocacy

          Project Description: The Service-Learning Leadership Camp was a partnership between the Westminster City Recreation Office and the Carroll County Public Schools during the summer. Estelle Sanzenbacher and Craig Giles organized the activity. Students participated in the service-learning camp activity for five days. In the morning, students learned about the community and needs in the community. They then actually visited a non-profit and carried out a service project, reflecting on the activity at its conclusion. In the afternoon, students served as counselors-in-training for younger children attending camp. A celebration was held and participating students were given special certificates at the end of the camp experience.

 

Student Conferences by Shengping (Shelby) Yu in Howard County. Created for high school. Sherry Unger winner.

          Primary Subjects: Varies

          Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Varies

          Level of Service: Direct, Indirect, Advocacy

          Project Description: A group of high school students have established The Student Conferences, which provides a stage for students in Howard County to interact with the community. We have developed a series of innovative discussions for fellow teens featuring guest speakers who have contributed to society in admirable ways. Because these conferences feature a variety of topics and active workshops selected and designed by students themselves, they allow other students to expand their horizons in topics that truly interest teens and in ways that teens themselves deem effective.

 

Summer Service Camp by Craig Giles in Carroll County. Created for middle school. Fellows project.

          Primary Subjects: Character Education

          Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Character Education

          Level of Service: Direct

          Project Description: In June of 2000, Carroll County Maryland Public Schools and the Westminster, Maryland Department of Recreation teamed together to sponsor a two week service camp involving middle and high school youth. The students participated in leadership training and service at various sites in the morning and early afternoon and then served as CIT's (counselors in training) with younger students in the day camp program in the afternoon. Preparation, action and reflection were emphasized with service at five local CBO's involving direct and indirect food programs, elderly populations, and local and internationally poverty relief.

 

The Learning by Serving Program by Tamara L. Barron in Baltimore City. Created for high school. Fellows project.

          Primary Subjects: Character Education

          Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Character Education

          Level of Service: Direct

          Project Description: The Learning by Serving Program is the Baltimore Freedom Academy’s flagship program.  Our school’s programmatic thrusts are law, leadership, and service and staff members work tirelessly to provide opportunities for our students to be successful.  Through the service program, students serve in the community at local schools, hospitals, museums, and non-profit organizations.  This program is a part of our school’s advisory program where students are given the opportunity to reflect upon what they have done and put what they learn into action. 

 

Voting Counts by Valerie Lomax in Dorchester County. Created for middle school. Fellows project.

          Primary Subjects: Social Studies

          Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Social Studies, English, Math, Art

          Level of Service: Advocacy

          Project Description: Students will research voter apathy and related issues in Dorchester County. Students will design and develop posters to be placed in the community to encourage the adult population to participate by voting in the next election.

 

Voting Posters for the Presidential Election by Kris Pence in Frederick County. Created for middle school. Sherry Unger winner.

          Primary Subjects: Social Studies, Science, Math, English, Art

          Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Social Studies, Science, Math, English, Art

          Level of Service: Advocacy

          Project Description: The service-learning project was part of the seventh grade's integrated unit on the 2000 presidential election. Students studied voter apathy and related issues in social studies and science classes. Math classes covered measurements for borders, lettering, and artwork. Language arts teachers reviewed the purpose of student service-learning and also provided the time for the creation of the posters.


Contact Information
Julie Ayers, Service-Learning Specialist
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:   410-767-0358
Fax:  410-333-8010
Email:   jayers@msde.state.md.us
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
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