Dos & Don'ts!!

Service Learning Projects Should:

 

  • Address human needs in areas such as health, education,environment, or public safety, even if done in conjunction with a faith-based agency or institution, maybe counted toward the service-learning graduation requirement.
  • Help collect food, clothing, or other items in order to help others and meet human needs, even if done in conjunction with a faith-based agency or institution, maybe counted toward the service-learninggraduation requirement.
  • Extend the benefit of service activity to individuals or families in need, other than one’s own family. Activities should serve the greater good instead of being focused on one person or group.
  • Projects focused to assist the school community must be structured to meet the greater needs of health, education, environment, or public safety within the school community.
  • Increase voter registration and participation and/or implement voter education activities.
  • Activities that violate federal or state law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, creed, sex, age, color,national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability, may not be counted toward the service-learning graduation requirement.
  • They are completed independently by students.
  • Activities should allow students to spend the majority of the time in “action” in assisting the community in a recognized need.

What Service-Learning Projects Should Not Do:

What should not be counted towards service-learning credit?

Business Relationships

  • If the purpose is to increase the amount of revenue for a private for-profit business or to generate revenue for that business, it may not be counted for service-learning graduation requirements.
  • If the activity replaces a paid staff worker of the participation agency or institution, it may not be counted for service-learning graduation requirements.
  • If it compensates a student with money, goods, or services, it may not be counted for service-learning graduation requirements.

   

Religious Practice

  • Any activity whose purpose is to convert others to a particular religious or spiritual view and/or which denigrates the religious or spiritual views of other may not be counted for service-learning graduation requirements.
  • Any activity whose purpose is to help prepare and/or participate in the performance of a religious service or religious activity may not be counted for service-learning graduation requirements.