Student Service Learning
Highlighting Student Service
Montgomery County Public School's Pre-ACES students traveled to one of the three campuses of Montgomery College (Takoma Park, Rockville, Germantown) to participate in collaborative student service learning. The students worked together to design and create comfort blankets with positive messages to inspire ill children. While MCPS students worked side-by-side with their college counterparts, they were also able to learn from the college students' experiences after high school and through college. This became an excellent time for MCPS students to see the college campus and gain a glimpse of the college experience. Over 44 blankets were made and donated to Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C!
Students from across MCPS participated in the first MLK Week of Service (January 15-19, 2018). Students at Kennedy High School, Gaithersburg High School, and Dr. Martin Luther King Middle School earned $1,500 grants from Youth Service America to host special service projects. Students made pencil pouches and toiletry bags for Comfort Cases, Valentine’s Day cards for veterans, and puzzles for hospitalized children. These are just a few of hundreds of projects that were led across the district. #MCPSserves.
Westland Middle School held an SSL fair bringing local non-profit organizations to the school to make future SSL connections.
The Walt Whitman High School Inspirators — A student led service learning organization that meets twice a week to develop SSL opportunities for themselves and their peers. They have planned a school supply and book drive and they are currently preparing to host a STEM night event at Oak View Elementary School in SIlver Spring, MD. They are an inspiration to us all!
Tilden Middle School's Day of Caring — Students and community volunteers shared their time and skills to complete various service projects. Projects included making brownies for a local homeless shelter, putting together care bags for first responders, sewing lap blankets, creating pencil cases for foster children, fundraising for children at NIH and so much more!
Systemwide Student Documentation Timelines:
- Friday, September 29, 2017:
Documentation of service performed from June 2, 2017 through the summer is due to the school-based SSL coordinator.
- Friday, January 5, 2018:
Documentation of service performed during the first semester is due to the school-based SSL coordinator.
- Friday, June 1, 2018:
Documentation of all service performed during the second semester is due to the school-based SSL coordinator.
Systemwide SSL Award Timelines:
*Due to spring break the deadline has been modified*
- April 6, 2018:
Documentation that qualifies seniors for Certificates of Meritorious Service is due to the school-based SSL coordinator.
- April 6, 2018:
Documentation that qualifies middle school students for the Superintendent’s SSL Award is due to the school-based SSL coordinator. This award is given to students who meet the 75 hour graduation requirement during middle school. (It is only awarded once!)
Summer Pre-Approval Requests
Non-profit organizations that are not identified with the MCPS SSL approved medallion on the Montgomery County Volunteer Center website require pre-approval.
The MCPS Form 560-50-Individual Student Service Learning Request must be submitted and approved by the school-based SSL Coordinator in advance of service. All Pre-Approval Requests must be submitted in a timely manner. There is a two-week allowance for school-based SSL Coordinators to review the request for approval or denial based on compliance with MCPS SSL Program.
Frequently Asked Questions
Find SSL Approved Opportunities: A graduation cap icon indicates organizations or opportunities approved for SSL by MCPS.
Note: Students DO NOT use email@example.com as your contact information when registering. Please use another email or phone number.
SSL Activity Verification Form 560-51
Individual SSL Request Form 560-50: Required if the organization or opportunity is not identified on the MCVC website with a graduation cap icon
For student-specific SSL questions: Contact the school-based SSL coordinator.
General questions about the MCPS SSL program: Contact Mrs. Shella Cherry, Student Leadership, SSL, and Volunteers Coordinator at 301-279-3454 or SSL@mcpsmd.org.