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1. Service-Learning Contact Information


Kara Kennell and John Logsdon, Allegany County Public Schools


301-759-2042 - 301-759-2050




kara.kennell@acps.k12.md.us or john.logsdonjr@acps.k12.md.us



2. Service-Learning Fact Sheet

A complete PDF version of Allegany's Service-Learning Implementation Plan is available below.

•  Implementation Plan   •   Form   •   Chart   •   FAQ   •   Unit

A summary of key elements of the plan is below.


Service-Learning has been infused into the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade discipline areas. Students will have a chance to earn hours in Creative Arts, English, Math, Physical Education/ Health, Science and/or Social Studies.  The 75 hours of Service-Learning required for high school graduation will be counted when students successfully complete 9th grade.  Students will receive hours in the following ways:


·        6th grade – 30 hours - 20 hours will be completed through participating Outdoor School at Rocky Gap provided by the Alice Ferguson Foundation- Bridging the Watershed and the additional 10 hours can be completed through various subject areas.

·        7th grade – 15 hours can be completed through various subject areas.

·        8th grade – 15 hours can be completed through various subject areas.

·        9th grade – 15 hours can be completed through various subject areas.


Students who wish to advance their Service-Learning opportunities can do so starting in their 6th grade year.  In high school, students are encouraged to continue performing service for their school and community.  If students complete a total of 132 hours beyond the initial 75 required service-learning hours, they will qualify for the Service-Learning Elective Credit and other awards of recognition


Reporting: Teachers are to enter service-learning information and hours into our new online tracker that will export the hours into our AS400 program.  The AS400 program then generates the hours onto the final report cards stating how many hours the student has completed.


The statement on the report card at the end of the school year:


____    ____ has earned (30/30, 45/45, 60/60, 75/75- depending on the grade) required service-learning hours during the ___  ___ school year.


Transfer Policy:  Service-Learning hours will be pro-rated for students transferring into Allegany County Public Schools from private or out of state schools after the start of the sophomore year. Transfer Policy: 6th grade: 75 hours; 7th grade: 45 hours; 8th grade: 30 hours: 9th grade: 15 hours; 10th grade: 15 hours; 11th grade: 15 hours; 12th grade 1st semester: 15 hours; 12th grade 2nd semester: 5 hours.  Students who transfer in from another county will be guided by the guidance counselor and supported by the teachers to fulfill the required hours.  All completed hours will be accepted for transfers from other in-state counties.

3. Teacher Fellows (see overview)

Tammy Twigg, 2007, Allegany High School (government), 301-777-8110, tammytwigg@allconet.org  


Let's Beautify Cumberland Day

My students and community have recognized the need for citizen involvement to help revitalize and rejuvenate our local neighborhoods.  Let’s Beautify Cumberland Day is a collaborative effort between our local County United Way, businesses, and schools that teaches our students about the importance of a clean environment and the positive impact that humans can have on the environment.  My students became involved when I contacted our local Board of Education and I asked about my students becoming involved because this event tied into our Voluntary State Curriculum and the Core Learning Goals for government.  This was a terrific hands-on activity that allowed me to teach my students about the Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air Act.  This annual event allows the community and our students to come together and help clean up blighted neighborhoods.


Brian White, 2000, Allegany High School (Social Studies), 301-777-8110, Briantwhite@excite.com


History of Theaters in Allegany County

In social studies seminar class, students wrote a book on the history of theaters in Allegany County. The intent of the project was to capture a moment of our local history before it is lost forever and to provide companionship for local senior citizens.


Barbara Rinehart, 1999, Fort Hill High (English I, Student Service), (301) 777-2570

As the service-learning coordinator at my school, I pair students with local and national organizations in order to help students find service opportunities suited to their individual needs.


Jeannette Rinehart, 1998, Flintstone School (PE/Health), 301-478-2434

I'm the service-learning coordinator at my school. In the past, we've organized a Health Fair for the community and a Senior Citizens Day for the school.


W. D., 1998, Westmar High School (English), 301-463-5751

High School Tutors for Elementary Students

About 30 high school students tutor elementary school students in two elementary schools. The students being tutored have learning difficulties or special learning needs. We have found placing ten to fifteen tutors in any one school to be the most efficient as any more creates an overcrowding problem.


Bonnie Humbertson, 1998, Washington Middle School (Reading), 301-777-5360

I'm the service-learning coordinator at my school. Our 8th grade students adopt Friends Aware patients (mentally handicapped adults) who have no contact with family at all. Students make cards, tree ornaments, placemats and seasonal decorations for them and personalize them to let them know someone cares. Letters and thinking of you notes are also sent to them. The purpose of the program is to make students aware of differences in people and that differences are okay because everyone is special.


Roberta Clarke, 1997, Washington Middle School (Home Economics), 301-777-5360

My students worked throughout the year making pillow cases and tote bags for the local shelter, as well as participating in fundraising drives for the shelter. We are replicating the Kids Sew for Kids model program. I am also infusing service into my grade 8 classes through a unit on aging.


Daniel Whetzel, 1997, Allegany High School (World History, Economics), 301-777-8110

Students construct cardboard shelters in preparation for the "Homeless Project." They are also required to collect articles of clothing, food or cash donations to participate in the sleep out. All money and donated items are directly distributed to local residents.


Michael Lewis, 1996, 301-777-2375, mlewis@miworld.net

"The Homeless Project." We spend one month in preparational action leading to "The Sleepout." We not only created a new awareness of homelessness and its poverty, but we raised over $20,000 in clothing, food, and cash. These items were distributed directly to the poor.


Contact Information
Julie Ayers, Service-Learning Specialist
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  410-767-0358
Fax:  410-333-8010
Email:  jayers@msde.state.md.us
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