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Service Learning

Service Learning is a "learn by doing" approach to the curriculum that combines active service to the community with academic study.  Service Learning teaches students that they can make a difference in the community at the same time that they are learning.  The goal of our program is to empower students to improve their community as well as their own problem solving and interpersonal skills.  All students are encouraged to serve in various ways.  Examples of student service include collection drives, volunteering at community based organizations, and advocating for change.

The Maryland State Service Learning graduation requirement consists of 75 hours of service or a county approved program.  In Cecil County students are responsible for completing one service learning project in grades 6, 7, 8, and 9.  Completion of all four projects will meet the MSDE requirement for earning a high school diploma.

At Elkton High School, the 9th grade project is implemented in the Health I curriculum, which all students must take.  We currently have two teachers that will be implementing the Service Learning curriculum in their Health I classes during the 2013-2014 school year. Mrs. Zimmerman’s Health I classes have initiated our Anti-Bullying campaign and will continue their efforts for the remainder of the year to advocate for a safe environment for all students. Mrs. Delcollo’s Health I classes will be working on an “It Can Wait” campaign during the school year to advocate the dangers of texting while driving to the students of Elkton High School. Health I classes are offered for one marking period, so students working on the project will be involved in various aspects from publicizing, to creating informative posters, to designing activities for events.

The service learning coordinator for Elkton High School is Mr. David Cadd and you can reach him at 410-996-5002 or djcadd@ccps.org if you have any questions or concerns regarding service learning.

Transfer Students

Students who enter Elkton High School after the 9th grade or with a credit in Health I from any school outside of the Maryland public school system are still required to complete the service learning requirement. Transfer students are obligated to complete a project for grade 9 but will not be held accountable for the projects in grades 6, 7, and 8 if they were enrolled anywhere outside of the Maryland Public School System during that time. Your child’s school counselor will work with your student to complete the service learning requirement. Information for transfer students can be found under the link for service learning forms below.

Meritorious Hours

Students who complete service learning hours beyond the amount required for graduation are able to submit those hours for meritorious hours. Elkton High School will maintain a running log of any meritorious hours completed by students. These hours will be reported on report cards and official student information and can be used for awards and recognition.
Elkton High School received the following statement to clarify some requests for Service Learning hours - "According to our legal counsel, the US Supreme Court has consistently ruled that in order for a public school, school system, or the State to abide by the First Amendment of the US Constitution, actions approved by the school, school system, and State must have a secular purpose, have a primary effect that neither advances nor inhibits the practice of religion, and must avoid excessive governmental entanglement with religion.  Our attorney believes that granting a student service credit for teaching religious education would violate all three of the components just described and would therefore be unconstitutional."

Service Learning Links

Service Learning Forms

MSDE Service Learning