STUDENT SERVICE LEARNING – FAQ’s
What is Student Service Learning?
All Baltimore County Public School students are required to participate in activities which promote learning about people and communities. The purpose of these activities is to show students the importance of helping and appreciating different people. Students are eligible to begin earning service learning volunteer hours entering into grade 6 (as of July 1st). Sixth graders will receive information about Student Service Learning through a lesson conducted by the grade level counselor.
What are the requirements?
All students are required to:
Earn a minimum of 75 hours of student service (students cannot receive pay for their service hours).
Complete the hours before graduating from high school
How do students earn the required hours?
Students may earn hours by:
Participating in activities in a community setting, such as volunteering at a local library, serving as a youth summer camp counselor, and tutoring young children at a school or community center. These activities are called Independent projects. Participating in lessons instructed during the school day, at Sudbrook Magnet Middle, in designated subject areas. This type of Service Learning is called Infusion.
How do students find service learning activities in which to participate?
The following resources are available to students:
Parents/friends/relative may know of a place in the community to earn service hours.
Teachers/counselors may offer opportunities for students to earn service hours.
A Student Resource Directory is available in Sudbrook’s Guidance Office (and on the BCPS website- see below), which identifies places in the Baltimore metropolitan area to earn service hours. The hours may be
completed in any state.
What are students required to do to receive credit for their Independent student service hours?
Students are required to:
Fill out two (2) forms:
1. Pre-Approval Form - the Student Application to Participate in a Student Service Activity. To receive service hours, a proposed activity must meet Baltimore County guidelines.
2. Hours Verification and Reflection Form- The top portion is to be completed by the Service Site Supervisor. The student completes the Student Reflection Questions telling about the action phase and what was learned during the experience.
The Pre-Approval Form has to be completed and turned in to the Guidance Office at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School before the service (Action Phase) begins. The Hours Verification and Reflection Form has to be turned in at the end of the service experience, in order to receive credit for the hours.
The required student service learning forms may be obtained from Sudbrook’s guidance office and on the website: www.bcps.org - click on Our System link, click on Offices, then Student Service Learning; and then Independent Project forms (left margin).
The hours earned by students will be printed on the report card.
For assistance, please contact the Guidance Office at (410) 887-1254.