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    Student Service-Learning Opportunities

    In light of COVID-19, we have modified the Student Service-Learning (SSL) Verification Form so the parent or guardian can sign off on the form as students complete independent SSL hours at home (virtually).  Forms are attached in English, Spanish and French.  Students and parents should email the completed form back to their professional school counselor or service-learning coordinator so that they may enter the SSL hours into SchoolMax. 

    For service hours earned during the summer months, students may continue to use the COVID-19 forms or they may use the standard forms located on the following page: https://www.pgcps.org/student-service-learning/cards/Student-Service-Learning-Forms-and-Documents/

    Please Use the Revised Service-Learning Verification Forms During COVID-19 (Spring/Summer 2020):

    Revised Form in English      Editable Revised Form in English

    Revised Form in French       Editable Revised Form in French

    Revised Form in Spanish     Editable Revised Form in Spanish

     

    Here are a few suggestions from the MSDE Specialist who oversees Student Service-Learning regarding service opportunities during COVID-19:

     

    During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, recommendations and restrictions change frequently and rapidly. Most critically, everyone needs to follow the State and national guidance and regulations issued to keep everyone safe. The Superintendent of the Maryland State Department of Education will issue any school policy changes. Please continue to follow that guidance.

     As all of this unfolds, many young people and school systems are asking what they can, cannot, should, or should not be doing in relation to service-learning. Schools are closed, but many students either want to be helpful and support their communities during this pandemic, and/or want and/or need to earn service-learning hours towards fulfillment of the current service-learning graduation requirement. 

    As physical distancing is required right now, the best option for young people looking for ways to be of service to others would be through indirect and advocacy service-learning projects they can engage in at home.

    News stories abound right now of creative, thoughtful young people taking the initiative collecting and assembling essential supplies for at risk populations (hygiene kits that include hand sanitizer, wipes, soap, etc. for people who are homeless; food baskets for people who are food insecure; activity kits for people who are homebound, etc.).

    Technology provides unique opportunities for students to reach out, support, and encourage people who are the most isolated. Nursing homes and care facilities have needed to stop all visitation in order to protect their residents who are most at risk from COVID-19. But technologies like ZOOM, Skype, Google Hangouts, WebEx, and FaceTime could allow youth to still interact with these populations who are feeling especially isolated. Students could arrange with facilities, using video conferencing technology, to perform music for residents, organize a sing-a-long, play games, hold a virtual prom, read together, and visit.

    There have been calls for community support in the creation of masks, gowns, and face shields that can be used by hospitals. Students who are interested and able with access to materials and equipment like sewing machines or 3D printers might decide to engage in those actions. Students could also participate remotely in long established activities with organizations like Project Linus,  Casey CaresKids Helping HopkinsCool Kids CampaignThe Ronald McDonald House,  Believe in Tomorrow , and The Children’s Inn at NIH, etc. to provide support.

    Students could also engage in advocacy projects from home: emailing leaders advocating on issues on which students have conducted research and want to see policy changes; creating social media campaigns on various issues, including promoting critical COVID-19 safe behaviors such as the need to physically distance ourselves from one another. Keeping physical distance does not have to mean social isolation, and students can help the community understand ways to remain connected despite keeping physically apart. 

    High quality indirect and advocacy service-learning projects can be done from home as long as students work to meet Maryland’s Seven Best Practices of Service-Learning. Students need to be encouraged as they research the issue they are working on to vet their sources of information.

     

    Here are a few Maryland Park and Planning Suggested Virtual Activities During COVID-19:

    Blood Donor - American Red Cross 

    Give Blood. Donating blood makes a big difference in the lives of others. Click here to visit the American Red Cross and learn more.

    Global Youth Service Day 20 

    Join the largest youth service and civic action event in the world on April 17-19. All of the suggested activities have options that can be done at home - individually or with your family. Click here for service ideas.

    Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer 

    Willing to provide services during a disaster or emergency situation? Register today at Maryland Responds.

    Maryland Unites Opportunities 

    Governor Larry Hogan has shared how Marylanders can help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more.

    Virtual Volunteer Opportunity - Census 2020 Get Out The Count Video Challenge 

    Explain why the Census matters in a short (30 seconds to 3 minutes) video that uses entertainment, emotion, creativity, and/or humor to motivate people to respond. Click here for more information..

     

    Virtual Volunteer Opportunity - City Nature Challenge Washington, DC 

    City Nature Challenge is a friendly competition among 200+ cities worldwide to see who can observe the most species and involve the most citizen scientists using the iNaturalist app, April 24-27. Click here to learn more and sign up to volunteer.

    Virtual Volunteer Opportunity - Library of Congress 

    Volunteer online at By the People, the Library of Congress's crowdsourcing project. By the People invites you to make documents more searchable for everyone by transcribing, reviewing, and tagging digitized images of manuscripts and typed materials from the Library's collections. This work improves search and discovery of this important content. Click here to read more or get started now!

    Virtual Volunteer Opportunity - Zooniverse.org 

    Join Zooniverse.org and become part of a global community of people-powered research. The main ways of volunteering are helping with classifications on data, being a beta tester on projects yet to launch, and being a moderator for a project. Click here for more information and to sign up to volunteer.


    The following WE@home resources emphasize well-being, social and emotional learning, service-learning and fostering resiliency.  Click the link below to access:

     


     

     

    Official Student Election Judges Application 

    M-NCPPC (Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission) Volunteer Opportunities - Want to give back? Volunteer! Opportunities to volunteer with The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission's Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation are almost unlimited. Help out at a one-day special event or assist on an ongoing basis. Students can even earn student service learning hours by volunteering with our organization.

    M-NCPPC- Building Blocks Opportunity

    Prince George's County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) - Volunteer opportunities

    PGCMLS Everything You Need to Know Online Brochure 

    Anacostia Watershed Society Service Opportunities are available throughout the fall.  Click on the Our Events tab for more information! 


    University of Maryland Service Opportunity Resource Link - this link provides access to a variety of service/community opportunities for volunteers.  **Please note that these organizations and opportunities are not necessarily endorsed by PGCPS and that parents are highly encouraged to investigate the opportunities to determine if the organization and/or activity is appropriate for their child.** It is:http://services247.umd.edu.  If you would like for an organization to go through the process of pre-approval, please contact the Office of Teaching and Learning at 301-952-6395.


    NOAA's Office of Coast Survey is in need of a student volunteer to assist the office with the placement and organization of historical heritage items, such as original copper plates that were used to produce Coast Survey's maps of the ocean, or nautical charts. Students will have an opportunity to gain 12 Student Service-Learning hours. For more information and/ or to volunteer for this opportunity please contact oc.internships@noaa.gov.  Click here for more information

    Watch Video to Explore NOAA's National Ocean Service diversity of people, places, and jobs.


    Maryland Tutoring Program Needs Volunteers

    We look for volunteers ages 16 and up interested in working one-on-one with students on Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Riverdale, MD. Latino Student Fund (LSF) staff provides lesson plans and guidance, so all tutors have to bring is enthusiasm and dedication. We have permanent tutors assigned to a student and expected to come every week, and floaters who we call on only when we need extra tutors (which is most weeks).

    To get involved, volunteers are required to make an appointment for an orientation with LSF staff.  Please contact tutoringpgc@latinostudentfund.org for more information, or sign up to be a volunteer at latinostudentfund.volunteerhub.com. Click here for flyer

     


     

    Weed Warrior Work Days (Spring 2020 Schedule)

    Saturday, March 28, 2020,  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Whitemarsh Park)

    Saturday, May 16, 2020,  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Whitemarsh Park)

    Saturday, June 13, 2020,  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Whitemarsh Park)

    www.cityofbowie.org/weedwarriors

    The City of Bowie’s Green Team is in need of volunteers to help remove English ivy from Whitemarsh Park. As an invasive, non-native plant, English ivy spreads quickly and easily, and is very destructive to native ecosystems. This is an outdoor activity that requires cutting the ivy vines at eye-level and foot-level, then pulling them back about two feet from the base of the tree to bag them.  To participate, please register by contacting Ashleigh Armentrout (aarmentrout@cityofbowie.org, 301-809-3044). This is a great Student Service-Learning opportunity. Children age 14 and younger must be under the direct supervision of a parent/guardian or Troop Leader at all times, and no volunteers under age 16 can use tools but may participate by pulling and bagging vines. Tiffany Wright (Watershed Manager for the City of Bowie) or Kristin Larson (Sustainability Planner for the City of Bowie) will sign off on service-learning hours for students at the event.


    Berwyn Heights Town-Wide Clean Up

    Please join us for the Berwyn Heights Town-Wide Clean Up, which occurs monthly on the third Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Registration starts at 10 am at the Berwyn Heights Town Center --5700 Berwyn Road, Berwyn Heights, MD  20740.
    Students can earn community service hours! Participants should wear pants, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes.  We will provide instructions and distribute clean-up supplies, (safety vests, rubber gloves, trash bags, and pickers).  Participants will be given a map of the community and assigned a certain area to clean-up.  Participants can either form their own groups, join in with another group, or walk the assigned area by themselves.   For more information, contact Amanda Dewey at adewey@berwynheightsmd.gov or 443-646-3529 or Diana Agonoy at dagonoy72@yahoo.com.