1. Service-Learning Contact Information
2. Service-Learning Fact Sheet
A complete PDF version of Somerset County's Service-Learning Implementation Plan is available below.
Implementation Plan • Tracking
Students participate in service-learning projects in grades 6, 7, and 8, earning 20 hours per grade. Students also earn the additional 15 hours through the 9th grade team.
Service-learning is infused in grades 6, 7, and 8 through interdisciplinary units. Service-learning is also infused through the 9th grade team.
Transfer Policy: We occasionally have a student enter high school in Somerset County whose school career has been outside the state previously. So that there is consistency, the following schedule is established for Somerset County:
Freshmen 75 hours of service-learning Sophomore 35 hours of service-learning Juniors 25 hours of service-learning Seniors 15 hours of service-learning
Please note that the above schedule applies ONLY to out-of-state enrollees. Students who have been in state prior to grade nine must complete the 75 hours.
Reporting: Tracking of service-learning hours is on PDS cards that follow students from school to school.
3. Teacher Fellows (see overview)
Alexis Coleman, 2013, Washington High School (Science), Somerset County, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cindy Lloyd, 2008, Somerset 6/7 Intermediate School (Language Arts), Somerset County, email@example.com
Harvest for the Hungry - Kids Helping Kids, November 2005 Sherry Unger Winner
Monique Birckett, 2001, Crisfield High Academy, 410-968-1178, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Shelter Visit
9th grade Government students learned about and provided service to clients of a Christian Shelter in Salisbury, Maryland. The students were also engaged in a directed writing exercise and discussion on what service-learning meant to them.
Karen S. Curtis, 2001, The Academy @ Washington High School, 410-651-0480, email@example.com (left system)
In 2005, our students in The Academy were engaged in a multifaceted service-learning project entitled, “Helping Those in Need”. The 8th and 9th grade students embraced the idea of completing a broad spectrum of mini service projects that impacted the lives of many people in need.
Some efforts completed early in the year were:
§ Disaster Relief- In preparation for this project, students completed lesson plans from FEMA and learned statistics about those displaced by recent natural disasters. Needs were discussed, and brainstorming was done that led to ways we could help. Health kits were created and sent to Biloxi, Mississippi. Cards were made and sent to children in shelters in El Paso, Texas.
§ Harvest for the Hungry- Lessons were taught informing students of the causes of hunger and statistics of hunger in America. Stereotypes and misconceptions were discussed. A canned food drive was conducted, with the collected food being given to a local shelter.
§ Relay for Life- Preparation involved lessons about cancer and statistics about cancer on the Eastern Shore. Speakers from the Cancer Society and Coastal Hospice addressed student questions and concerns. Students decorated terra cotta pots and planted flowers that were sold to raise money for Relay for Life.
Additional projects filled our school year, along with shelter and local nursing home visits.
A team of 6th grade students raised money for a local homeless shelter through a walk/jump/shoot-a-thon. We presented the money to a shelter representative at a celebration luncheon attended by the top fundraisers. In the spring, we divided the students among our 3 or 4 local shelters and they helped the shelters with various tasks (i.e. plant flowers, scrub and clean, wash laundry, paint, do yard work, etc.).
Kathy Crockett, 1995, The Academy @ Washington High School, 410-651-0480, firstname.lastname@example.org (left system)
For the past 2 years, my involvement with service-learning has been with the Joseph House Village in Salisbury, MD. Our service-learning group has tackled numerous projects, such as: clearing an area for a playground, and conducting a canned food drive. To ease the burden of the shelter employees and residents the students assist through housecleaning, painting and landscaping projects.