Parents - Student Service-Learning

Parents can find links to assist their child with finding Service Learning Opportunities

What is Student Service Learning (SSL)

SSL Best Practices

Steps For Earning SSL Independent Hours

Frequently Asked Questions

Administrative Procedure                                                                                                                      

School Based Student Service-Learning Coordinators

MSDE Service Learning - Service-learning is a teaching method that combines meaningful service to the community with curriculum-based learning. Students improve their academic skills by applying what they learn in school to the real world; they then reflect on their experience to reinforce the link between their service and their learning.

M-NCPPC (Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission) - 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.

Camp Schmidt Clean Up Day 

Prince George's County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS)- The students/families would simply contact their nearest library to ask about 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:  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.

USA Science and Engineering Festival -- April 5 - 8, 2018  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  Join us as a volunteer at the 5th USA Science & Engineering Festival at the Walter E. Lee Convention Center! Help inspire students, teachers, families and STEM enthusiasts from all over the country! Make a difference as we showcase where STEM Can Take You at this unforgettable event welcoming over 350,000 attendees!   Click here for flyer and more details.

Weed Warrior Work Days

Saturday, April 21, 2018,  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Whitemarsh Park)

Saturday, May 12, 2018,  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Whitemarsh Park)

Saturday, June 9, 2018,  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Whitemarsh Park)

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 (,  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.

Stream Cleanup, Various Locations Around Bowie!

The City will hold its annual Stream Cleanup on Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 9:00  a.m. to 12:00 noon, rain or shine (unless there is lightning).  Stream teams walk along select streams across the City and pick up trash and litter that would otherwise wash down to the Patuxent River and head towards the Chesapeake Bay. Cleanup days are a great time for Bowie residents and their families to get out into the environment and experience nature while working to protect Bowie's water resources. We will provide all necessary supplies. You just need to have sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeves, water, and fun! Eligible students will earn Student Service Learning (SSL) hours, and Scouts will receive a Green Bowie patch or year bar. To nominate a stream for cleaning or to register for the cleanup, contact Tiffany Wright at or 301-809-3043

Berwyn Heights Town-Wide Clean Up

Please join us for the Berwyn Heights Town-Wide Clean Up on Saturday, November 12th, 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.

Free pizza/drinks will be provided to all volunteers from 12:00 - 12:30 pm! 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 Theresa Beck at or 301-237-2829.

Kara Libby, Ed.D.
Executive Director
Division of Teaching and Learning
14201 School Lane
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 

Angela Walton
Administrative Assistant




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