1. Service-Learning Contact Information
2. Service-Learning Fact Sheet
A complete PDF version of Carroll's Service-Learning Implementation Plan is available below.
Implementation Plan • Statistics
Students may choose to do the Independent Service Option or the Course Related Service Option. Course Related Option means that students earn service-learning hours in approved courses (mostly electives). Students may also do a combination of Independent and Course Related options.
Students earning a minimum of 300 service-learning hours by May 1 of their senior year earn the Exemplary Service Award upon graduation.
- 6th grade Outdoor School (10 hours) Students may also complete an approved environmental project at home to earn an additional 10 hours.
- 8th grade Family & Consumer Science (15 hours)
- 20 High School elective courses (10 hours each)
Reporting: Service-learning hours are noted on each report card.
Transfer Policy: Transfer into Caroll County during the 10th grade: 40 hours; during the 11th grade: 30 hours; during 1st semester 12th grade: 10 hours; during 2nd semester 12th grade: 5 hours. Hours for students transferring out of Carroll County are indicated on the Maryland Transfer Form. Copies of Service-Learning Reflection Forms and Cumulative Record File for transfer students are also provided. Special Feature: Students must complete 55 hours by the end of their junior year in order to achieve senior status.
3. Teacher Fellows (see overview)
Heather Semies, 2012, Gateway/Crossroads Schools (Experiential Education/French), Carroll County, email@example.com
Greenhouse Environmental Project:
Students were responsible for grant writing, site planning, coordination with Lowe’s, and construction of our school greenhouse. The greenhouse will be used to house our wetland nursery for which we have partnered with the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
Margaret Buckler, 2005, Carroll County Middle School (Family and Consumer Science), Carroll County, 410-751-3440, firstname.lastname@example.org
In 8th grade Family and Consumer Science, we create a rag blanket. Students sew squares of fabric and batting together. These panels are then sewn together and fringed to create the blanket. The finished blanket is donated to Carroll County Project Linus.
Carol Ann Schaper, 2001, Sykesville Middle School, 410-751-3545, email@example.com
Cutest Pet Contest
Students at Sykesville Middle School participate in a project that has become an annual event, The Cutest Pet Contest. This project raises money for the Humane Society. Students collect 60-70 pictures of pets from students within the school. The pictures are displayed during lunch shifts and students get to vote for their favorite pets by putting money in the plastic container under the picture of their favorite pet. Many parents visit the school during the week to see the animal pictures, but also to vote on their favorite pet. The funds raised by the project are used to help animal related causes.
John Baugher, 1998, Francis Scott Key High School (Social Studies), 410-751-3320 Inactive
Francis Scott Key's service-learning program offers varied activities including infused activities, club organization activities, and school wide activities.
Elissa Streaker, 1996, Gateway School (English, reading, creative writing, Bible literature), 410-751-3691 Retired
2000: Gateway School was named a National Service-Learning Leader School by the Corporation for National Service. Gateway School initiated "Gateway Seminar", a course that teaches citizenship, social skills, and charachter education through service-learning experiences. Students begin and end the day with their "Seminar" class working on projects that they develop, such as adopting families for neighbors in need, canned food drives, raising Bay grasses, etc. Students are involved in planning, executing, and reflecting on their service experiences. This school-wide initiative has positively impacted the culture of Gateway School.1998: I continue to coordinate service-learning for our school, an alternative school for at-risk youth. We strive to include service-learning in most classes. Our primary projects are visits to the Deerfield Senior Daycare by our middle schoolers, Tolerance study in English I, and environmental studies and projects in science classes.
1996: English I classes are doing a replication site project on tolerance. We have a partnership with the special education students at Robert Moton elementary. We've made crayon caddies for them. We'll visit them to read to them, and to write stories for them. Also, students visit Deerfield Senior Center.
Craig Giles, 1993, North Carroll Middle School (social studies, reading, student development period), 410-751-3440
Summer Service Camp
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.