Skyline Service Learning
The purpose of MPS Service Learning is to encourage, support, and recognize service learning in all Mesa Schools.
Our mission is to engage all teachers and their students in meaningful community service experiences that teach and reinforce the curriculum.
Mesa Service Learning is a network of 950 teachers and 24,000 students from pre-kindergarten through high school. Service Learning is part of academic and extracurricular programs at all schools.
Over 200 local, national, and international organizations benefit from student service each year.
Students who are interested in Service Learning should see Mr. Sheppard in room 212 to learn more information.
There are two ways for students to earn Service Learning hours:
Option A: School-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.
- Students in a school club manage the school recycling program
- Students in NHS or a service club conduct a school-wide drive.
- 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.
- Students help with the school’s yearbook, newspaper, or video journalism.
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 community organization or one or more students with an original idea. Examples are:
• 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 during a class.
NOTE: "Student Aide” does not receive service hours unless it is done outside of a credited class.
Service activities will not be approved which:
• Relate to a for-profit business
• Are done as part of religious education or a religious worship service
• Benefit the student’s relatives
• Are “babysitting for free”
OPTION B ACTIVITIES MUST BE PRE-APPROVED BY THE SERVICE LEARNING COACH BEFORE HOURS CAN COUNT TOWARD THE HONOR.