Honor for Excellence in Service Learning

All Mesa high school students may choose
to earn the Mesa Public Schools
Honor for Excellence in Service Learning.

It is an honor for high school students who contribute significantly to the
improvement of their school or the greater community.

Students who earn this Honor will receive:
• A special seal on their graduation diploma
• A notation of the Honor on their transcript
The Honor in Service Learning will be awarded to students for their completion of 150 hours of unpaid service throughout their four years of high school. Those hours include preparation, action, and reflection. Freshmen may apply for Option B upon graduation from 8th grade. Starting with the graduating class of 2020, a minimum of 200 hours will need to be completed to earn the seal.

Students may earn hours from a combination of curriculum-based and extracurricular service. The options are described below.

Option A:  Curriculum - Based Service Learning

Option A occurs when a teacher uses service learning as an instructional strategy. Students are involved in service to the community that is linked to the goals and standards of a particular course.  Service may take place during class, or beyond the school day. Some examples are:

• Social studies student work on an election campaign or with Kids Voting.
• English students write "Books of Hope" for students in Uganda.
• Performing Arts students sing, dance, march and play for senior citizens or in a parade.
• Spanish students publish bilingual brochures introducing new residents to Mesa. 
• Sports medicine students care for the needs of their school’s teams. 
• Teacher Training students create and lead lessons for elementary students.

Option B:  Extracurricular Service Learning

Option B occurs when students are involved in service activities that are not part of an academic class. The activities may be organized by a school club, a community organization, or one or more students with an original idea. Examples are:

• Students in a school club organize and conduct service projects throughout the year.
• A student volunteers weekly at an elementary school, sports program, summer camp, or hospice. 
* Students cleans up yards or make cookies for the elders in their church or neighborhood. 
• A student tutors peers or younger students during lunch or as an aide during a class.

• NOTE: Students registered as a “Teacher’s/Office Aide” may receive service hours by following the Option B procedures.

Option C: Service at the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT)

Option C occurs when students are enrolled in an EVIT program in which service learning is linked to the curriculum.  The service may take place during class, or beyond the school day.  Service activities may count toward required internships and practicum hours as well as this Honor.  Hours may be earned for the service action itself, but not for extensive preparation before the event.  If the clients pay a minimal fee, but the student does not receive payment, the hours may apply toward the Honor.  Examples include:

  • Fire fighting students volunteer at community events.
  • Health Science students intern at care centers or hospitals.
  • Business or Graphics students design the logo and website for a non-profit.
  • Culinary Arts students cook for, set up, and serve at community events held at EVIT.

OPTION B AND C ACTIVITIES HAVE TO BE PRE-APPROVED BY THE SERVICE LEARNING COACH BEFORE HOURS MAY COUNT TOWARD THE HONOR.

Management: A Service Learning Coach at each junior and senior high will track student progress.  Students may check with their Service Learning Coach about the the service learning entries and hours that appear on their individual student records and transcripts.  EVIT students will submit their paperwork at their home school.  The Mesa Service Learning Advisory Board will assist the Coaches.  If necessary, appeals may be taken to the Advisory Board.  The Coaches and Board are listed under "Who We Are" on this site.