What Does Service-Learning Look Like?

  • Biology classes at C. Milton Wright High School in Harford County grew submerged aquatic vegetation know as wild celery in their classrooms as part of the Grasses in Classes project sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Students then planted the grasses in the Bay to help improve the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Fairmount-Harford High School Students in Baltimore City were all involved in a renovation of an abandoned community lot. This multidisciplinary project had students designing and maintaining the lot. They mapped and cleared the lot, researched and planted appropriate vegetation, and built picnic tables and a gazebo.

  • Stevensville Middle School students in Queen Anne's County engaged in a project called Serving Seniors, a service-learning unit connected to math, science, social studies, and language arts/reading classes in partnership with the Department of Aging. Students defined service-learning, studied citizenship, and became aware of the needs of the community, especially the changing physical and mental characteristics of aging. Students then developed relationships with elderly residents of their community who were living in nursing homes or involved with a senior center.

  • See the growing archive of service-learning Project Ideas.