Student Achievement Goal III, Responsibility to the Community, includes a service learning component that allows students to earn hours for their participation in service learning projects. Service learning is a teaching method designed to involve students in authentic and meaningful service to their communities. Service learning makes connections between the classroom and the community and provides structured time for students to reflect on their service experiences. It is intended to instill a sense of civic responsibility by encouraging students to access their impact on the community as active contributors to society. Students can engage in a variety of activities.
FCPS is documenting the successful completion of service learning projects for students in grades 6, 8, and 12. High school students may accumulate service hours leading to special recognition at graduation (i.e. service learning cord or Virginia diploma seal of excellence in civics).
Students may choose to complete 50+ hours to qualify for the Virginia Board of Education diploma seal* for excellence in civics education. See Virginia Department of Education for criteria.
MEMORIAL DAY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Each year on Memorial Day, hundreds of youth volunteers march in the National Memorial Day Parade carrying poster sized photos of 400 of the more than 400,000 Americans who gave their lives in the cause of freedom during World War II. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and so this year’s parade carries special significance. Students of all ages are invited to volunteer in this event. Visit the Spirit of 45 website for more information and a link to sign up.
VOLUNTEER WITH THE STEMBASSADORS PROGRAM
High school students are invited to volunteer at STEM camps this summer to support elementary and middle school students in developing their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. There are over 50 sites throughout the county hosting STEM camps between July 13 and July 31. A full listing of opportunities and contact information is available here.
Use Volunteer Fairfax’s VolunteerNow! search engine to find a service opportunity that’s right for you. Use the Advanced Search feature to limit your search to opportunities for your age group. Under the “Great For” menu, choose “Youth” to find opportunities just for kids.
If you’d like to volunteer with Fairfax County government agencies, such as Fairfax County libraries, visit the county’s new online volunteer system. Click here to access opportunities just for youth.
Service Learning Resource Teacher
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May 19, 2015