Student Service Learning (SSL)


The state of Maryland requires all students to complete 75 hours of Student Service Learning (SSL) in order to graduate. Students may begin working on this requirement as soon as they complete 5 th  grade. Students earn some SSL hours through middle school and high school courses.


Grade 6: Science

Grade 7: English

Grade 8: US History


Parents should be aware that simply working as an unpaid volunteer does not necessarily qualify as SSL. The rules for where a student may earn SSL hours, how to receive credit for the hours earned, and other topics can be found on the MCPS website:  


It is very important that students check the MCPS website prior to undertaking any volunteer service. The website includes a link to the Montgomery County Volunteer Center's list of volunteer opportunities.  


Those organizations marked with a graduation cap are pre-approved for SSL.



Students who wish to volunteer at an organization not on the list should submit an approval request to Eastern's SSL coordinator using MCPS form 560-51 prior to serving as a volunteer.


SSL service should be recorded on a MCPS form 560-50 that has been signed by an adult at the organization. Forms 560-50 are due at the end of each semester. No credit will be given for volunteer service in previous semesters.


Eastern's SSL Coordinator is Mr. Nicolas Towson.


Links and Forms

For more information about SSL on the MCPS website.

SSL News Letter

 SSL Opportunities

Adopt A Home

We are looking for volunteers to share a monthly meal or celebrate holidays with the individuals that we serve at their home.  


Volunteer Soccer Team

We are looking for a volunteer who plays soccer or a team to volunteer with Jubilee. Jubilee Association of Maryland, Inc. has numerous adults with developmental disabilities who would like to kick the ball around with you or your team.  



We are looking for volunteers to help beautify the landscaping around a house shared by numerous adults with developmental disabilities. Volunteers will spend time trimming, weeding, mulching and planting flowers around a group home. Jubilee Association of Maryland, Inc. can provide all the tools necessary.  



We are looking for volunteers to spend a day cleaning one of our community-based residences. Our houses provide warmth for adults with developmental disabilities. We are looking for volunteers to wash windows, clean carpets, rake leaves, put down mulch, wash the residence’s vehicle and even shovel snow, (depending upon the weather).  


Casserole Preparation

We are looking for volunteers to help prepare casseroles in foil pans so that they can then be frozen and reheated. The casseroles are distributed to group homes to allow staff to spend more time with individuals, with developmental disabilities, and less time preparing meals. Casseroles are also shared with individuals living on their own so that they may have a hot meal that they can easily prepare.  


Additionally, depending on the student’s personal interest, I may be able to tailor a volunteer assignment to help them fulfill their service learning hours. 


How Students Can Sign Up:


Students may use the following link below to sign up-




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