Service Learning Frequently Asked Questions


1. What are the components of Service Learning in Millard?
  • Preparation and Research: This component will be included in the service learning connections lesson in each required social studies middle and high school course.
  • Forms of Student Service Learning Opportunities:
          a. Direct Service: tutoring, mentoring, working with members of the community 
          b. Indirect Service: collections, fundraisers, drives, working on behalf of the community 
          c. Advocacy: lobbying, speaking, performing, engaging the public or greater community
  • Reflection: Middle and high school students will respond to reflection questions on Service Learning in their Personal Learning Plan.
  • Interaction: Students will engage in lessons and activities in all their required middle and high social studies courses. In 8th grade American History and 11/12th grade United States Government & Economics or AP® United States Government & Politics courses, students will complete a culminating project and engage in conversations with peers to further connect Service Learning experience(s) to these courses.
2. What are the expectations of middle and high school students participating in Service Learning? Middle school students will participate in service learning in their classroom, with their grade level teams, and in school or community activities. High school students may participate in independent service learning experiences and those experiences completed as a member of a school or civic organization.  Students will not be excused from class in order to participate in Service Learning activities.    

3. How many hours need to be completed?
High school students are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours of Service Learning experience(s). There are no requirements of hours for middle schools students.

4. When do the hours for high school students need to be completed?
High school students are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours of Service Learning experience(s) prior to taking United States Government & Economics or AP United States Government & Politics courses in 11/12th grade. 
 
5. How do I keep track of my experiences? 
Students are encouraged to participate in Service Learning activities as early as possible. Middle school students will be asked to record information during their homeroom time. Incoming high school freshman and current high school students may independently record information in their Personal Learning Plan after the first day of school. Students will be asked to print and submit their Personal Learning Plan responses to their social studies teacher if they are currently taking a required social studies course.

6. Will someone at school be checking? 
Yes, students will be asked to print and submit their Service Learning Personal Learning Plan responses to their social studies teacher if they are currently taking a required social studies course. This reflection will help students as they work in class on to lessons, activities, and culminating projects.

7. I help with childcare at my church. Why does this not count?
Service learning for which a place of worship is a direct beneficiary will not fulfill the requirement. Students must volunteer with a government agency or non-profit organization that qualifies as a nonprofit under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Please refer to the list of approved agencies.

8. My church youth group or school club is going to participate in service for a non-profit organization. Does this count? Yes. Service learning for which an outside non-profit organization benefits counts as long as the recipient organization qualifies as a non-profit under Section 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. Please refer to the list of approved agencies.

9. My school club is selling t-shirts to raise money for a trip. Does this count?
No. Service learning for which a student’s high school or club is the direct beneficiary will not fulfill this requirement. An outside organization must benefit and qualify as a non-profit under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Please refer to the list of approved agencies.

10. May I volunteer with a political party for service learning credit? 
Political parties are not 501(c)(3) agencies and therefore do not qualify for service hours.

11. What if there is an agency not on the list?
Please click on the link “List of Approved Agencies” and then “Contacts” to directly contact the Service Learning Coordinator. In order to nominate an agency that meets the Federal 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) designation for approval, please indicate the agency name. 

12. What does 501(c)(3) and 501 (c)(4) mean?
These are organizations recognized as exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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