1. Service-Learning Contact Information
2. Service-Learning Fact Sheet
A complete PDF version of Dorchester County's Service-Learning Implementation Plan is available below.
Service-learning is infused into curriculum units in Science and Social Studies in grades 6-10. Students participate in a variety of projects with several community partners that involve direct service, indirect service, and advocacy.
Breakdown: Students in grades 6-8 earn 20 hours of service-learning each year, and students in grades 9 and 10 earn 10 hours of service per year.
Reporting: The student’s earned hours are entered into Power School by the School Counselor. All students in grades 6-12 have an updated total on every report card that shows the accumulated hours of service-learning.
Transfer Policy: Students who transfer into Dorchester County Public Schools need to complete the following number of hours before graduation based on the school year in which they transfer: grades 6 to 8, 75 hours; grade 9, 40 hours; grade 10, 30 hours; grade 11, 20 hours; grade 12, 10 hours. School counselors will advise students of this requirement upon registration.
3. Teacher Fellows (see overview)
Deborah Wooden, 2010, Mace's Lane Middle School (School Counselor), firstname.lastname@example.org
Valerie Lomax, 2009, North Dorchester Middle School (Social Studies), email@example.com
Voting Counts (civic responsibility)
Donald Brian Ansel, 2006, Winter Street Elementary School, firstname.lastname@example.org Moved to Washington County
Teresa Berry, 1998, Mace's Lane Middle School (Social Studies), 410-228-2111
The student service-learning project at 7th grade is peer mediation. Each year we train about 250 students to become mediators in the school building. All 7th grade students also do a service-learning project in their social studies class each year. The projects vary from year to year based on community needs.
Regina Teat, 1995, Principal, Hurlock Elementary School
Children designed "Winter Holiday" cards which were sold to family and friends. Profits from the boxes sold went to two local churches. This class project involved cooperative learning groups - each group was responsible for designing one card. The activity integrated math, writing, language and social studies. Next we will be doing an interdisciplinary project with the Humane Society dealing with the care and protection of animals.