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    Summer Hours

    Summer hours that students complete 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.

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    Students should only participate in an opportunity they feel is safe to them.

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    Service Learning Coordinator



    The Service Learning Coordinator is Lindsay Squires and she can be reached at: lesquires@seattleschools.org. She 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.

    Service Learning Updates
    The *60 hours service learning graduation requirement for Grade 12, Class of 2021 has been waived by the Seattle School Board. If seniors have not accumulated 60 hours of volunteer service work by the graduation deadline, you will still be able to graduate. Seniors who are currently volunteering in a safe place, we encourage you to continue your service and turn in your hours. Volunteering provides much needed support in your local community, and can open the doors to career connections and provide valuable work experience.

    Grade 9 - 11 Ballard HS students please continue to turn in your hours if you are able to find safe ways to volunteer. One way to get involved and accrue service hours is by keeping up with our monthly Service Learning opportunities, posted here at the beginning of each month and listed below. You can also feel free to reach out to Ms. Squires directly for help finding opportunities.

    Summer Hours

    Summer hours that students complete 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  

    Other SL Opportunities

    Seattle Public Library's Teen Services librarians offer Service Learning and Learning Buddies tutoring opportunities for high school students to make a positive impact in their communities while earning community service hours for high school. More information on the SPL Teen Service Learning page.


    Looking for Even More Service Learning Opportunities? Check These Out!


    Reminders

    Students should only participate in an opportunity they feel is safe to them. 

     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 SL hours beyond 60, contact Lindsay Squires at lesquires@seattleschools.org
      *Update: Any completed Service Learning hours will be counted, but seniors graduating in 2021 are no longer required to complete 60 hours.

    • When is the Academic Awards Night? The Virtual Academic Awards Night is June 15 at 7pm. Students who are awarded the Above and Beyond Service Learning award will be listed in the Academic Program and receive a medallion.  
    • When is the Graduation Ceremony? The BHS Graduation Ceremony is Wed, June 16, 2021 at 5:30pm!  

    Forms and Information

    Updated 6/14/21