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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.

 

AIDS: A Day, A Difference by Toye Griffin in Baltimore City. Created for high school.  Sherry Unger winner.

          Primary Subjects: Health, English

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Health, English

            Level of Service: Advocacy

            Project Description: On Friday, June 14th, 2002 Baltimore City Career Academy Diploma Plus Students hosted "AIDS: A Day, A Difference," an AIDS education and awareness event. Seven students were responsible for organizing a day that included dramatic skits, presentations, dialogues and informational games about how AIDS affects our communities. The entire Career Academy population, community advocates, other invited youth groups and employees of the Mayor's Office of Employment Development attended the event. See www.oedworks.com.

 

The Battle for the Bell: A Charity Basketball Game in Support of the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research by Charles G. Mallonee, III in Baltimore County. Created for middle and high school. Sherry Unger winner.

          Primary Subjects: Health, English, Technology Education, Physical Education, Music

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Health, English, Technology Education, Physical Education, Music

            Level of Service: Indirect

            Project Description: Our project was to promote a charity basketball game to benefit the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research. The Battle for the Bell began as an idea for a pickup basketball game between the faculties of Franklin Middle School and Franklin High School to promote and foster a closer relationship between the two schools. Once we brought the Jimmy V Foundation into the picture, the game took on a much deeper meaning and became a fight to raise awareness and donate money to cancer research.

 

Casey Cares – Helping Critically Ill Children by MSDE. Created for middle school.  2007 Service-Learning Unit.

          Primary Subjects: English

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: English, Art, Math

            Level of Service: Indirect, Advocacy

            Project Description: Many families are overwhelmed by the emotional and financial stresses of having a child with a critical illness.  During this project students will complete activities to benefit these families such as creating hard cover books and related board games to hand out to sick children, and collecting items needed by the organization for families.  Another component could be to make birthday bags/fun kits for the siblings of the ill children to help make them feel special.

 

Casey Cares and So Do We! – Persuading for A Cause by Marissa Spears in Baltimore County. Created for middle school. Fellows project.

          Primary Subjects: English

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: English

            Level of Service: Indirect, Advocacy

            Project Description: Perry Hall Middle School students in conjunction with their Language Arts Non-Fiction Unit read, analyzed, and evaluated newspaper articles, websites, and news footage surrounding the Casey Cares Foundation and the fire that wiped out their offices and warehouse earlier in the summer.  After contacting Casey Cares to find out how they could help, the students began learning about tone and persuasive letter writing.  Students created persuasive letters that were sent to pizza places all over the state asking for gift certificates to help Casey Cares rebuild their Pizza and Movie Night program. The project culminated in a breakfast where the gift certificates were passed from the students to Casey Cares.

 

Custom T-Shirts for Hospital Patients by Norm McGaughey and Margaret Lee in Frederick County.  Sherry Unger winner.

          Primary Subjects: Technology Education

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Technology Education

            Level of Service: Indirect

            Project Description: Technology students created custom-made, one-of-a-kind T-shirts for ventilator patients at Western Maryland Hospital Center. T-shirts were designed with the hobbies and preferences of individual patients in mind. Students used computer programs to design T-shirt transfers, used equipment to apply the transfers, and wrapped and tagged the shirts so that they could be delivered as gifts to the patients.

 

Entertainment Drive and Mini-Walk-A-Thon by Mark Maradei in Montgomery County. Created for middle school. Sherry Unger winner.

          Primary Subjects: English, Math, Technology Education, Physical Education

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: English, Math, Technology Education, Physical Education

            Level of Service: Indirect, Advocacy

            Project Description: Our Student Court Class performed two projects at one time to benefit the Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. The first project was a mini walk-a-thon. During class time each day, we walked six laps around the track and raised more than $950 in our five days of walking. The second project was an entertainment drive in which we collected 782 new and used VHS tapes, DVDs, and CDs.

 

GERM – Creating A Healthy Environment by MSDE. Created for elementary and middle school.  2009 Special Education Service-Learning Unit.

          Primary Subjects: Health

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Health

            Level of Service: Direct, Indirect, Advocacy

            Project Description: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 22 million school days are lost annually due to the common cold alone. (CDC, 1996) This situation can be mitigated through the teaching and application of hygienic practices. This unit will help students understand the importance of hygienic practices, and increase awareness of how germs are transmitted. This knowledge will be used to engage in various service-learning projects to reduce the spread of germs and promote better health.

 

Healthy Me, Healthy You by MSDE. Created for middle school. 2009 Special Education Service-Learning Unit.

          Primary Subjects: Health

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Health

            Level of Service: Direct, Indirect

            Project Description: As students study hygiene and homelessness, students will learn the importance of personal hygiene, a daily living skill.  In addition to learning this daily living skill, the students will learn how to purchase and collect hygiene items to donate to a local homeless shelter.

 

Helping Critically Ill Children by MSDE. Created for middle and high school. 2009 Special Education Service-Learning Unit.

          Primary Subjects: English

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: English

            Level of Service: Direct, Indirect, Advocacy

            Project Description: Many families are overwhelmed by the emotional and financial stress of having a critically ill child. Students will complete activities to benefit these families such as creating hard cover books and related board games to give to critically ill children, and collecting items needed by the organization for their families. Another activity is making birthday bags/fun kits for the siblings of these children to help make them feel special.

 

Helping Children Through Art and Literacy by Trevor Carter and Nicholas Woodham (contact Yeve G. Montgomery) in Baltimore City. Created for middle and high school. Fellows project.

          Primary Subjects: English, Technology Education, Art

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: English, Technology Education, Art, Math

            Level of Service: Indirect

            Project Description: This interdisciplinary unit deals with uplifting students who are living with difficult circumstances whether through illness or abuse. Depending upon the need, this could be a school-wide effort. Students assess the needs of two particular organizations and develop two ideas that promote literacy and creativity.

 

John R. Marsh Cancer Center Walk-a-Thon by Larry Myers in Washington County. Created for middle school. Fellows project.

          Primary Subjects: Social Studies, Science, Math

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

            Level of Service: Indirect

            Project Description: The entire 7th grade at Smithsburg Middle School (232 students) took on and completed a very energetic service-learning project. They completed a 6K walk-a-thon at Antietam National Battlefied to raise money for the John R. Marsh Cancer Center in Washington County Maryland. It was not just a walk-a-thon though. The students took ownership of the project from beginning to end, and that is what made it so unique! On a beautiful October day we completed our walk and in November the students presented a check for over $2,500.00 to the cancer center.

 

Kids Helping Hopkins by Linda Caron in Frederick County. Created for middle school. Fellows project.

          Primary Subjects: Math, Social Studies, English

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

            Level of Service: Indirect

            Project Description: Schools partnering with Johns Hopkins decide what type of project they want to do.  Our school decided to do a fundraiser for the Children’s Center and to create kits for children so they could have something fun to do in the hospital. Any extra money was given as a donation to the center.  Our school ended up raising approximately $7,000.00.  With the money we purchased supplies and made at least 1,000 kits and then we gave the Center a check for $5,000.00 to spend how they saw fit to enhance the services that the Center provides.

 

Kids Helping Hopkins in Baltimore City by Keah Wade in Baltimore City. Created for high school.  Fellows project.

          Primary Subjects: English

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Art, Health, Math, Science

            Level of Service: Indirect

            Project Description: Kids Helping Hopkins is a local educational program sponsored by many area schools throughout Maryland to support Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. This service-learning project will combine persuasive writing in English and a variety of projects in art class to benefit this organization. This can be used in any grade level, but it has been written for high school students in the 9th -12th grades.

 

Kids Helping Kids with Cancer by Melanie Ware in Frederick County. Created for middle school. Fellows project.

          Primary Subjects: English

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: English

            Level of Service: Indirect

            Project Description: Our community has a high incidence of smoking and cancer.  This project addressed causes of cancer and educated students on the dangers of adopting a lifestyle involving those causes.  We also met the needs of Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Unit which was in need of activities for the older children who received treatment.

 

Kids Sew for Kids by Ava Mendelson in Montgomery County. Created for middle school. Model Program.

          Primary Subjects: Family and Consumer Sciences

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Family and Consumer Sciences

            Level of Service: Indirect

            Project Description: Kids Sew for Kids is a service-learning project that is infused into a Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) eighth grade program that incorporates sewing skills. Students develop sewing skills as part of the curriculum and then use their skills to complete service projects. Students survey the community, sew various items for people who are sick or children in need in the area, and reflect upon their work. Projects include clothing, stuffed animals, beanie babies, and drawstring bags to mention just a few.

 

Lockerman MS Walk-a-Thon by Tony Gianninoto in Caroline County. Created for middle school. Fellows project.

          Primary Subjects: Health, Math

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Health, Math

            Level of Service: Indirect

            Project Description: Lockerman Middle School annually participates in a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Walk-A-Thon to raise money for the MS Society.

 

Nutrition and Fitness by MSDE. Created for middle school. 2007 Service-Learning unit.

          Primary Subjects: Health

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Health

            Level of Service: Direct, Indirect

            Project Description: As students learn about the relationship between nutrition and health/fitness, they will select a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, etc., and develop a plan of action to meet the nutritional needs of the various age groups served by the selected organization.

 

Patience with Patients by MSDE. Created for middle and high school (Alt-HSA). 2009 Special Education Service-Learning Unit.

          Primary Subjects: Health, Life Skills

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Health, Life Skills

            Level of Service: Direct, Indirect

            Project Description: “Patience with Patients” teams the special and general education students together to provide activity baskets that are intended to lift the spirits of people in the community (any age) as they go through various medical procedures.   In this project, the students will create baskets with an assortment of items including snacks, books, magazines, crafts, activities, fidgets, etc. which help distract the patient and fill the time needed to complete the medical procedure.

 

Pennies for Pasta by Mary Keene in Baltimore County. Created for middle school. Fellows project.

          Primary Subjects: Health, Math

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Health, Math

            Level of Service: Indirect

            Project Description: The entire school raised money for Leukemia in partnership with the Olive Garden and the Leukemia Society. Each homeroom had a representative that collected and counted. The community was encouraged to donate also, and students were asked to try to earn money for the collection in some manner. The collection took place over two weeks. Students raised over $7,000.00.

 

Project Linus by Margaret Buckler in Carroll County. Created for middle school. Sherry Unger winner.

          Primary Subjects: Family and Consumer Sciences

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Family and Consumer Sciences

            Level of Service: Indirect

            Project Description: 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.

 

Quilts for Calvert Hospice by Clarice Johnson in Calvert County. Created for middle school. Fellows project.

          Primary Subjects: Family and Consumer Science

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Family and Consumer Science

            Level of Service: Indirect

            Project Description: Students in a Family Consumer Science class created quilts to be sold as part of a fundraising activity for a local hospice.

 

Read-a-Thon for Johns Hopkins Pediatric Unit by Janet Hines in Anne Arundel County. Created for middle school. Fellows project.

          Primary Subjects: English

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: English

            Level of Service: Indirect

            Project Description: To increase my students’ awareness of other children and develop their leadership skills, a collection of items for the John Hopkins Hospital Pediatric Unit was conducted.  Students created games, wrote story books, designed coloring books, and purchased supplies needed to entertain the young patients. 

 

St. Michael’s Community Center by Katie Brooks Douglas in Talbot County. Created for elementary school. Fellows project.

          Primary Subjects: English, Math, Technology Education

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: English, Math, Technology Education

            Level of Service: Indirect

            Project Description: In 2003-04, I created a web quest on the internet and students researched different organizations.  After all of the research, my students decided that the Talbot County United Fund was the organization that they wanted to work with.  As a class, we chose this particular agency because they helped a variety of organizations in Talbot County.  One organization supported by the Talbot County United Way was the St. Michael’s Community Center.  A lot of my students spent many hours at the community center receiving help with homework and they realized how important this service was.  The students decided to raise money to support this important community program.  At the 6th grade graduation ceremony, we presented the Talbot County United Fund with a check for more than $600.  As the conclusion of the project, we thought of ways to expand this project for the future. 

 

Saving the Past for the Future by Kimberly Dyar in Cecil County. Created for middle school. Sherry Unger winner.

          Primary Subjects: Foreign Language

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Foreign Language

            Level of Service: Indirect

            Project Description: 7th & 8th grade students are taking world cultures and foreign language classes.  The Salvadoran co-director of the Central American Relief Project (CARP), Francis Batarse, was visiting from El Salvador and came to speak to our students about his country’s history and culture, as well as the children at the Benjamin Bloom Children’s Hospital who are affected by kidney disease.  He and the American co-director, Ginger Powers, who also served as his translator, shared this information with an accompanying slideshow.

 

Stuffed Bears for Young Patients at Peninsula Regional Medical Center by Cheryl Doughty in in Wicomico County. Created for high school. Fellows project.

          Primary Subjects: Family and Consumer Sciences

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Family and Consumer Sciences

            Level of Service: Indirect

            Project Description: Family and Consumer Sciences students created hundreds of hand made stuffed bears for the young patients in the Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department.  Students acquired and used skills in computer graphing, public relations, child development, textile manufacturing technology, business management and teamwork to create a product that brought comfort to many ill and injured children.

 

Tobacco is Wacko Puppet Project by Renay Leggett in Baltimore City. Created for high school. Sherry Unger winner.

          Primary Subjects: Health

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Health

            Level of Service: Direct

            Project Description: This project is a traveling puppet show, performed by high school students, that communicates the health dangers of smoking with elementary and middle school students. The message focuses on the “expensive habit” of smoking.  Puppets identify tobacco health risks, including physical, emotional, and social issues. The project is interactive and engages audiences of all ages.

 

Unlocking the Heart for Cancer by Kelley Fujii in Frederick County. Created for middle school. Sherry Unger winner.

          Primary Subjects: English

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: English, Health

            Level of Service: Indirect

            Project Description: Students read several informative articles and watched United Streaming clips to develop a better understanding of cancer and then completed activities which support Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) Curriculum using the information they learned. A fellow teacher spoke about leukemia from which her daughter suffers to broaden student understanding of the broad variety of types of cancer. Students collected donations to be shared between a local support group for victims of cancer and to help develop a support group in the town where my mother, an ovarian cancer patient, lives.

 

Walk for the Cure for Diabetes by Maria Trementozzi in Montgomery County. Created for middle school. Fellows project.

          Primary Subjects: Character Education

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Character Education

            Level of Service: Indirect

            Project Description: My service-learning club planned a yard sale at the school to raise money for the Walk for the Cure for Diabetes. More than 30 students, mostly sixth and eighth graders, volunteered. Two weeks later we then went downtown and participated in the walk and donated over $2000.00. More than 20 students and parents participated in the walk.

 

Worry Dolls by Kelley Fujii and Candace Desonier in Frederick County. Created for middle school. Sherry Unger winner.

          Primary Subjects: English

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: English

            Level of Service: Indirect

            Project Description: The worry doll project served to introduce the theme of determination to 7th grade language arts students. After learning about Guatemalan culture, the determination of indigenous people, and the Mayan worry doll legend, students were invited to make a worry doll in the tradition of the Guatemalan people. For reflection, students wrote poems explaining the Worry Dolls to their recipients, children in hospitals, where they would later be donated. As the legend goes, the children might then be free of worries as they cast their worries onto their own special worry doll.

 

Wrapping Up with Care – Project Linus Blanket Making by Judy Walter in Carroll County. Created for high school. Sherry Unger winner.

          Primary Subjects: Family and Consumer Sciences

            Maryland State Curriculum Indicators for: Family and Consumer Sciences

            Level of Service: Indirect

            Project Description: Project Linus accepts new, handmade, washable blankets to distribute to hospitals, shelters, etc. to give to children who are seriously ill or traumatized. Comfort is provided to the child and his/her family knowing that strangers care enough to make a blanket - plus the blanket is a little "security" for the child in a difficult time. The NCHS Project Linus Club met weekly after school so those students could learn skills to make blankets to donate to the county organization. They also secured the school cafeteria and organized and planned a community sewing event on Oct. 28, 2001 (National Make A Difference Day). Over 70 people gathered to work together making blankets or accepting donations. By the end of the project, 372 blankets were made and donated!


Contact Information
Julie Ayers, Service-Learning
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:   410-767-0358
Fax:   410-333-2183
Email:   jayers@msde.state.md.us
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