Mesa High School Service Learning
"To move forward, you have to give back." ~ Oprah Winfrey
THE DEADLINE TO TURN IN ANY SERVICE LEARNING HOURS FROM THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR & THE SUMMER OF 2019 HAVE PASSED. PLEASE CONTACT MRS. WRIGHT WITH ANY QUESTIONS.
Fall Reflections have passed. Please see April 2021 Reflections.
Any Service Learning hours earned from the summer of 2020 through the 2020-2021 school year will need to complete a Reflection in April 2021 (specific date TBD).
**Remember, if you do not complete a Reflection, the Service Learning hours cannot be input to your transcripts.
Top Ten Reasons for Youth to Participate in Service Learning
1. You know you have made a positive difference
2. Promotes diversity
3. Allows you to see the results and impact of your work on the community
4. Provides the chance to explore careers and get job experience
5. Boosts self-confidence and brings personal gratification
6. Challenges you, your attitudes, and your abilities
7. Make new friends and collaborations
8. Makes learning come alive and be fun
9. Broadens horizons and perspectives
10. Teaches practical skills
Compiled by students from National Service-Learning Leader Schools at the Leader Schools Institute in Washington, D.C., June 16, 2000.
Option A and Option B (Also now for EVIT) Information
Option A - teacher based Service Learning - it happens in a class, club, or sports team that is teacher lead or district employee lead. Teachers/district employees are responsible for tracking the hours and submitting to the Service Learning coach along with the students' names & ID's to ensure the correct student is receiving the hours.
Option B - Complete the Option B application with your Service Learning coach IF you are doing Service Learning that takes place outside of school without a MPS adult leading the activity OR EVIT based. If you are in an EVIT program where you are doing volunteer work that is required to complete your EVIT program, you may also earn Service Learning hours for that activity. Any questions, please contact Mrs. Wright.
"I learned that if we want to change the world or even make a difference we have to start small." - Sarah Alaseedi
"Don’t just wait for service to come knocking on your door, take the initiative and knock on service’s door." - Breanne Dennison
Steps to Community (non school) Service. Option B
Step 1: Decide where you would like to volunteer (see list above). Contact the oganization to see if they need volunteers.
Step 2: Complete the Service Learning Application (above). This explains what you are doing to Mrs. Bianchi. Remember, you must work for a non profit agency.
Step 3.: Mrs. Wright will review your activity. If approved, Mrs. Wright will email you when your time card is ready and you can come pick it up from her room. If you are denied, you will receive an email explaining why.
Step 4: Serve your community and represent Mesa High! Record your hours, obtain signatures, and hang on to your timecard.
Step 5: Reflection: You are required to participate in a Reflection Activity to document your service and turn in your timecard. You'll share your experience with a small group of students (no stress, just sharing). There are two Reflections a Year (Sept.& April). Mrs. Wright will send you an invite with directions (be sure to be checking your emails regularly). This year you will most likely submit your Reflection project through email, so keep that in mind.
Step 6 If you have done your Reflection and turned in your timecard(s), Mrs. Wright will make sure your hours are recorded on your transcript. All 200 hours must be completed by early April of Senior Year to be considered for the Honor for Excellence in Service Learning (seal on your diploma).
NOTE: All service hours must be pre-approved. You may NOT count hours that you served BEFORE filling out the application and receiving the time card from Mrs. Wright. This is a district policy.
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You must complete separate time card for each organization you plan to serve. For example, if you are going to volunteer with the Mesa Public Library, the Phoenix Zoo, and United Way, you would need three different applications and time cards.
If you are serving with a club/sports team/or in a class, your club sponsor/coach/teacher will report Service Learning hours to the Service Learning Coach (Mrs. Wright). Please check with them on how they track and report those hours.