Guilford County Schools (GCS) wants every student to become involved in service-learning. GCS offers either of the following recognitions to students who dedicate time within their high school career to make an impact in the community. The Service-Learning Exemplary Award is an honor a GCS high school student, who devotes a minimum of 100 hours of service-learning experience in their community over the course of their high school years, may receive upon graduation. The Service-Learning Diploma is a locally developed official recognition program designed to recognize high school students who are committed to serving their community. Students who complete 250 hours of service-learning experience over the course of their high school years will receive this certification upon graduation.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to Covid-19, the thresholds for earning a Service-Learning Diploma or Award have been adjusted. The new thresholds are 192 for a Diploma and 77 for the Award. For more information see the GCS Service-Learning Covid-19 webpage located HERE.
April 7, 2021 serves as the last day for Seniors to submit hours.
There is a new SL opportunity for students within Guilford County Schools. Students who participate in the program will have the opportunity to create a bullying-prevention project. Students will be able to obtain upwards of 11 to 26 hours through this project. This project/opportunity is fully virtual. If you did not attend the information sessions, you are required to watch the video in full before registering. Registration closes February 5, 2021.Please reach out to Jacob Hicks ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) with any questions you have!
The Social-Emotional-Learning (SEL) department is excited to introduce a new virtual Service-Learning opportunity for all GCS students. Students will research SEL through provided resources and the CASEL website to create presentations (media, ads, posters, campaigns, etc.) that demonstrate the SEL competencies, student voice, belonging, identity, and agency. The presentations can be created using any type of creative medium. Students may make their presentations using photography, computer graphics, art tools such as painting or drawing, etc. Along with posters, students can also create videos, PSA’s, presentations, etc. to demonstrate and explain different aspects of SEL. Students will understand and sign an agreement that their project can be utilized by GCS. Students are expected to follow copyright law and be granted permission to use pictures of other students.
Investigation: Students will research Social Emotional Learning through provided resources and independent research. Students will ask such questions as “Why is this important?”, “How can this change schools?”, “How can this influence and support student voice?”
Preparation and Planning: With the information gained through their investigation, students will map out the focus of their project and what creative medium they are going to use. Questions they may ask themselves could be “What is the most important information?”, “How can I make this information stick out?”, “What creative skills do I have to make this possible?”
Action: Students will take the time create their project. Students will utilize their creative skills and will understand this project could be used in various elements for GCS.
Reflection: Students can discuss, journal, or process why creating this project is important and how it can create positive change and allow for student voice.
Demonstration: Students will share their final products with their school community and GCS community. Students can also choose to share it with the outside community.
The interest meetings are being held January 27 & 28. If you are interested, please sign up here: https://bit.ly/3c7dIhi
Click HERE to go to the GCS Service-Learning website.
View the Service-Learning Handbook here.
Click HERE to set up your Service-Learning account for the first time. Type "Academy at Smith" as the school name.
Go to www.x2VOL.com: the Service-Learning Hours Tracking System.
Kindness for King is a way to promote Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a beloved community by engaging students in the Triad in service to others.
The following service-learning opportunities have been opened for ALL students to receive hours while exercising Social Distancing. Ignore any reference to "Seniors", these opportunities are open to ALL students.
Click HERE for Online Service-Learning opportunities #1 & 2.
Click HERE for Online Service-Learning opportunities #3 & 4.
Click HERE for National Bullying Prevention Month opportunity Week 1
Click HERE for National Bullying Prevention Month opportunity Week 2
Click HERE for National Bullying Prevention Month opportunity Week 3
Click HERE for National Bullying Prevention Month opportunity Week 4
Under Local Opportunities, Say Yes Guilford also has virtual opportunities available.