Service Learning


Service-learning is an essential component of the educational experience in Maryland. Students are required to complete a minimum of 75 hours of service-learning during their time in school. In Caroline County, students complete school-based projects during grades 3-9. In middle and high school, students complete some hours on their own through individual projects.

All students in grades 6-12 who are undertaking individual projects must complete the Service Learning Approval/Verification Form.

  • Part One must be completed prior to beginning the project. Students should submit it to the service-learning coordinator at their school for pre-approval.
  • Part Two is to be completed after the project, and requires the signature of the community member who oversaw the project, as well as the student's reflection on the experience.

When selecting service-learning projects, students must adhere to the Maryland State Department of Education's service-learning guidelines. In order to be called service-learning, a project must meet Maryland's Seven Best Practices of Service Learning (1995):

  • Meet a recognized need in the community
  • Achieve curricular objectives through service-learning
  • Reflect throughout the service-learning experience
  • Develop student responsibility
  • Establish community partnerships
  • Plan ahead for service-learning
  • Equip students with knowledge and skills needed for service

To gain a better perspective on service-learning, please view the video To Learn & Serve and see the MSDE rubric for assessing quality service learning.

For more information on CCPS' Service Learning program, please see our brochure and Service Learning Implementation Plan Review.

Please contact your school service-learning coordinator/school counselor for assistance with service learning:

School Contact

Denton Elementary

Christina Gorsuch

Amy Palenchar

Federalsburg Elementary

Veronica Hayes

Greensboro Elementary

Colleen MacFarland

Angela Webster

Preston Elementary

Emily Sherman

Ridgely Elementary

Anna Buffenmyer

Colonel Richardson Middle

Tricia Bolduc

Jennifer Blunt

Lockerman Middle

Kia McKinney

Ann Ferkler

David Gibbons

Colonel Richardson High

Chad Shelly

North Caroline High

Donna DiGiacomo

Caroline Career & Technology Center

Brad Plutschak

Central Office

Nicole Fisher

Service Learning opportunities

Date of Activity Organization Contact Person Contact Email or Phone Open to Grades Brief Description
May - mid November (evenings) After June 11 Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 12 Maryland Food Bank 443.735.9757 9-12 Gleanings
Oct. 26, 2019 Caroline Humane Society Leanne Gower 410.829.0336 or [email protected] 6-12 Howl-O-Ween 5k Run & Walk -
Caroline Humane Society Leanne Gower 410-829-0336 or [email protected] 6-12 Weekend help with cleaning, organizing/sorting jobs.
Caroline County Family YMCA, 46 Denton Plaza, Denton MD Angel Perez or Brian Byrnes 410.479.3060 9-12 Opportunities include PM Stay & Play, Special Events, AM Janitorial Services. Days and times depending on activity/event. Looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in our community, who wish to impact the lives of our members and those involved in our programs in a positive way, and those of great character who want to bring joy to our community.
Nov. 8 VFW #5118 Melinda Peugh 410.673.7877 6-9pm Crab Painting Night in Easton. Volunteers will help with decorating small Christmas trees that will be delivered to local and hospitalized veterans.
Various Dates Teen Court [email protected] [email protected] Caroline County Teen Court program is looking for volunteers to be jurors for the program.
Dec. 8, 2019 Faith Outreach Patricia Haddaway-Johnson [email protected] 9-12 Bingo fundraiser to benefit Christmas food pantry. Also need help throughout the year with food pantries and other fundraisers.
Oct. 26, 5:00-9:00pm Caroline Co. Recreation & Parks Dawn Hanrahan or Danny Mitchell 410.479.8120 Age 14 & up Scarecrow Wizardry
Nov. 23, 9:00am-12noon Caroline Co. Recreation & Parks Dawn Hanrahan or Danny Mitchell 410.479.8120 Age 14 & up Turkey Trot
Dec. 7 & 14 Caroline Co. Recreation & Parks Dawn Hanrahan or Danny Mitchell 410.479.8120 Age 14 & up Santa's Magic Workshop
Jan. 23, 2020, 9:00 am to approx. 2:00pm Special Olympics Jenn Reed, CRHS Guidance Counselor See Polar Bear Plunge form for complete details See Polar Bear Plunge form for complete details
Nov. 27 & 28 NUTS: Neighbors United to Serve See sign-up form with details See sign-up form with details See sign-up form with details