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Service Learning

What is 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.

Below you will find the CCPS Service Learning Project Themes:

6th Grade "The Environment and You"

7th Grade "Food for Thought"

8th Grade "Saving the Past for the Future"

9th Grade "Issues in Our Society" This 4th and final project is done during Health I classes. Students discuss issues and develop a project to make improvements in the world around them.

At Perryville High School, the 9th grade project is implemented in the Health I classes that all students must take in order to graduate. Because our Health I classes are offered each semester, service projects are being completed throughout the school year. Over the years, projects have included, but not limited to:


Students had a Pink Panther Walk-a-thon and raised over $1400.00 to donate to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.


Students conducted a project that raised over $400 to benefit Relay for Life.


Students conducted an advocacy project called “Painting for Positivity.” Students painted positive quotes to brighten our school and send messages of optimism throughout the hallways.


Students researched mental and physical health stressors for teenagers and the long term effects.


Students held a walk-a-thon for drug use awareness.


Students conducted an advocacy project to bring awareness to bullying, resiliency, and peer pressure.

For the 2015-2016 school year, our 9th grade students completed many service projects. In some of our Health I classes, students participated in advocacy projects focusing on alcohol, nutrition, and mental/emotional health awareness. Students also participated and sponsored a “Pink Out Day” for breast cancer awareness and support for those battling cancer.

For the 2016-2017 school year, our 9th grade students completed many service projects. In some of our Health I classes, students participated in raising money and awareness for Hoops for Heart, and completed advocacy projects focusing on obesity, healthy nutrition and activity, drug use, suicide/self-harm, drinking and driving, and mental health.

Meritorious Service Hours

Students who complete any meritorious service hours should complete a validation form located in guidance to receive credit. Any hours earned beyond mandatory requirements will continue to be tracked by Perryville High School.

Clarification regarding Service Learning Hours:

In an e-mail I received it gave a 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 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."

7 Best Practices for Service Learning in Maryland

1.  Meet a recognized need in the community.
2.  Achieve curricular objectives through service-learning.
3.  Reflect throughout the service-learning experience.
4.  Develop student responsibility.
5.  Establish community partnerships.
6.  Plan ahead for service-learning.
7.  Equip students with knowledge.

Contact Information

Our Coordinator for service learning is Mrs. Elizabeth Douglass. Please contact her with any questions you might have at by phone at 410-996-6000.

Related Links

Service Learning Validation Form
Maryland State Department of Education Service Learning Website
Cecil County Public Schools Service Learning Forms

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