Mesa High School Service Learning
"To move forward, you have to give back." ~ Oprah Winfrey

Reflections

REFLECTIONS FOR APRIL 2020 HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT GETTING ME YOUR TIME CARD FROM THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR, VIA EMAIL. 

 

Reflections for the Summer of 2020 will be held online this Fall. Reflections for any Service Learning that took place during the summer of 2020 will be held on Wednesday, October 14th during your lunch or after school. Please contact Mrs. Wright (klwright@mpsaz.org) directly to set up a time on that date to complete your Reflections. 

 

**Remember, if you do not complete a Reflection, the Service Learning hours cannot be input to your transcripts. 

 


Volunteering Hands

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. 

Student Testimonials

"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

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). 

Option A Service: Classroom Groups or Clubs or Sports Team

Option A (Curriculum Based, for Teachers) - Email klwright@mpsaz.org to get the template so you are able to make the number of time cards needed for your club/team/class. 

Senior high students in 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade are involved in a variety of curriculum based and extracurricular service learning. The interests and personalities of the schools, teachers and students determine the projects. The five below are pretty common.

 

  • Social studies students volunteer in campaign offices.
  • Sports medicine students care for the needs of their school’s teams.
  • English students write, illustrate, and donate original children’s books.
  • School clubs gather donations of items and funds for local non-profits.
  • Students volunteer independently throughout the community
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