Service Learning is an educational strategy in which classroom concepts and information are used to address authentic issues and to empower students to be more effective citizens. All Service Learning in Cecil County is infused into the curriculum and used as a tool to encourage higher level thinking skills and authentic problem solving.

At the middle school level, all students will participate in three separate multidisciplinary Service Learning projects, which will address three different focus areas. Each year students will prepare, plan, act, and reflect on their project. All students will complete a Service Learning portfolio, which will record each of their service projects. Portfolios are designed to address Maryland's Seven Best Practices in Service Learning.

The Maryland State Service Learning requirements consists of 75 hours of service or a county approved program. All students must complete the graduation requirement of Service Learning. The requirement will be met by successful completion of infused Service Learning units in grades 6 through 9. For students transferring grades 6 - 9, students will be required to complete the project of their current year and all future requirements.

Meritorious Hours
Meritorious hours are Service Learning hours performed by students above and beyond the required projects. Meritorious hours earned beyond the mandatory requirements will be tracked by the school counselors and recorded on report cards. All hours must be submitted during the school year in which the hours of services were performed. In order for meritorious hours to be validated, a student must complete a Service Learning Validation form. Click here to download the PDF form entitled, "SVL Validation Form-Meritorious Hours".

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6th Grade: "The Environment and You"
This project offers students the opportunity to select and explore a local environmental problem of personal interest and the chance to respond to that problem in a way that reveals the power each citizen has to make a difference. The sixth grade students complete their project during their trip to North Bay Adventure Camp in North East, Maryland. Lesson plans are conducted through their science classes in preparation for their trip. Upon return, each student completes a reflection and service learning portfolio. The trip takes place annually in the first marking period. All students are invited to attend. Those not attending the trip will complete an alternate assignment at school.

7th Grade: "Food for Thought"
Students will apply academic and social skills to improve personal health habits and community nutritional concerns. The seventh grade students complete their project with a local food shelter. Lesson plans are conducted through their core classes. Each student completes a reflection and service learning portfolio. Those that choose not to participate will complete an alternate assignment.

8th Grade: "Saving the Past for the Future"
Saving the Past for the Future will foster an understanding and sensitivity to the connection of the past with the future by encouraging the students to preserve something of historical value for their community. The eighth grade students complete their projects locally at places such as Mount Harmon in Earleville, Maryland. Lesson plans are conducted through their core classes in preparation for their trip. Upon return, the students complete a reflection and their service learning portfolios. All students are invited to attend. Those students not attending the trip will complete an alternate assignment.

Our school Service Learning Coordinator is Mrs. Jamie Miller. Please feel free to contact her at JRMILLER@ccps.org or 410-885-2097 for any questions or concerns.