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    Service Learning Information

    Welcome to Ballard High School Service Learning

    Service Learning Coordinator

    The Service Learning Coordinator Lindsay Squires can be reached at: lesquires@seattleschools.org updates and maintains the monthly Service Learning Opportunities for students. In addition she is available to help students find options that suit their interests. 

    Service Learning Requirements
    One of the graduation requirements for Seattle Public Schools is *60 hours of Service Learning. Service learning is giving time, without pay, to a non-profit or government agency. Service learning allows students to learn and to apply academic, social and personal skills through activities. Students make a difference and address authentic community needs. As part of service learning, students are asked to reflect and report on their experiences.

    Summer hours that your student completes that meet the service-learning requirement can be counted toward the 60-hour graduation requirement, except for incoming freshmen who can claim only 15 service learning hours in the summer before they start at Ballard HS

    *60 hours is still required for all classes at this time and any updates will be posted when received by the district.


     Current Service Learning Opportunities >



    More Opportunities!

    Bank of America Student Leader Program for Juniors and Seniors Bank of America’s Student Leaders program connects 225 community-minded high school juniors and seniors to employment, skills development, and service. They're awarded paid summer internships with local nonprofits, and participate in a national leadership summit in Washington, D.C. that focuses on skill-building and creating a more civically engaged society. Application deadline is Jan 29, 2021. There will be no deadline extensions so please plan accordingly for weather or other circumstances. Visit the Bank of America Student Leaders website for more details.

    Students of the Year The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Students of the Year campaign is a leadership development and philanthropy program in which high school students participate in a fundraising competition to benefit LLS. The winner gets a scholarship, but all get letters of recommendation and references for colleges, scholarships, employers, etc. Our Board/Leadership Team help to make a real impact in the fight against blood cancers. Visit studentsoftheyear.org to learn more and apply. Contact: Danica.Smith@lls.org


    -> Even More Community Service Hours Though the Ballard HS Library

    Eager Beaver Readers- Meets every Monday at 12:00 on Teams for at least 30 minutes. You read, rate, and write reviews of books for the Washington State Evergreen Book Award. The list can be viewed on bit.ly/WABookAward.

    Library Leaders- meets every Tuesday at 12:00 on Teams to create programs and activities for students to form community at BHS. Follow us on @BHSLibraryLeaders to learn more.

    Reading Buddies- meets every Wednesday at 10 am on Teams to read to 1st grade students at Magnolia Elementary School.

    PRIDE Book Club- meets every other Thursday with Mr. Furman at 12:30 on Teams to read, rate, and amplify LGBTQIA+ characters in literature. All students are invited to amplify great books and support inclusivity at BHS.

    Beaver Book Club- meets every other Friday at 12:30 on Teams to talk about great books with Mr. Wynkoop and Ms. Chambers. Community service hours are available to write reviews, create trivia, organize events, and amplify connection through great books.

    Library Ambassador- meets by appt to help staff and students learn how to use SPS Library resources and SPL resources including Hoopla, Libby, and databases.

    Email Teacher-Librarian Ms. Chambers at tschambers@seattleschools.org to learn more! All links are located on Schoology for students.



    Looking for more Service Learning opportunities?
    Try exploring these sites:
    EarthCorps Seattle Parks and Recreation
    EventBrite volunteer events
    Volunteer Match Seattle (Need To Create An Account)
    Phinney Neighborhood Association


    Reminders

    Students should only participate in an opportunity they feel is safe to them. 60 hours is still required for all classes at this time, any updates will be posted when received by the District. BHS only shares these postings and does not endorse any of these businesses.


    FAQs

    Important Service Learning Reminders: Service Learning involves learning, benefiting the community and a written reflection.  Service Learning must be done at a non-profit or governmental organization, the work must be unpaid, and your supervisors must be an adult. If you have any questions, see the Service Learning Coordinator or your Counselor before you start your Service Learning.  

    • Who can sign my Service Learning Documentation Form?  A supervisor or site contact from a non-profit or governmental organization must sign your SL Documentation Form. A family member or peer cannot sign your Service Form.  
    • Where do I turn in my Service Hours Documentation?    Fully completed SL documentation can be emailed to Lindsay Squires at lesquires@seattleschools.org. Be sure to attach your completed Service Learning Documentation Form (both sides) and attach any paperwork (letters, certificates, etc) given during your Service Learning and make sure paperwork is signed.
    • When is the SL Documentation due for Seniors to earn the Above and Beyond Service Learning Award (240 or more hours)?  If students already have 240 or more hours turned in, they do not need to do anything else in order to receive the award. Hours beyond the required 60 do not appear on The Source. To keep track of service hours beyond 60, contact Lindsay Squires at lesquires@seattleschools.org.

    • When is the Academic Awards Night? The Academic Awards Night is typically in June and students were awarded the Above and Beyond Service Learning award in the Academic Program.  
    • When is the Graduation Ceremony? The BHS Graduation Ceremony is Wed, June 16, 2021 at 5:30pm!  

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