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What is Student Service-Learning (SSL)?

What is SSL? 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.

Getting Started - Steps for earning SSL hours

Frequently Asked Questions

Student Service Journal  

SSL Best Practices  

Administrative Procedure

School Based Learning Service Coordinators  

Official Student Election Judges Application 

 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.

M-NCPPC- Building Blocks Opportunity

Prince George's County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) - 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.


NOAA's Office of Coast Survey is in need of a student volunteer to assist the office with the placement and organization of historical heritage items, such as original copper plates that were used to produce Coast Survey's maps of the ocean, or nautical charts. Students will have an opportunity to gain 12 Student Service Learning hours. For more information and/ or to volunteer for this opportunity please contact Kathleen Jamison at 240-533-0092 or   Click here for more information

Watch Video to Explore NOAA's National Ocean Service diversity of people, places, and jobs.


Maryland Tutoring Program Volunteer Needs

We look for volunteers ages 16 and up interested in working one-on-one with students on Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 12pm in Riverdale, MD. LSF staff provides lesson plans and guidance, so all tutors have to bring is enthusiasm and dedication. We have permanent tutors, assigned to a student and expected to come every week, and floaters who we call on only when we need extra tutors (which is most weeks).

To get involved for fall, volunteers would be required to come for a tutor training in late August.  Please contact for more information, or sign up to be a volunteer at Click here for flyer


Weed Warrior Work Days

Saturday, March 23, 2019,  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Whitemarsh Park)

Saturday, May 4, 2019,  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Belair Meadows)

Saturday, June 8, 2019,  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Belair Meadows)

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 Clean up, Various Locations Around Bowie!

The City will hold its annual Stream Cleanup on Saturday, April 6, 2019, 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, which occurs monthly on the third Saturday from 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.
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 Amanda Dewey at or 443-646-3529 or Diana Agonoy at

Fall 2018 Mount Rainier Clean Sweep Litter Pick-up

Date:      Saturday, September 29
Time:      9 a.m. to noon
1 Municipal Place, Mount Rainier, MD 20712 (City Hall)

Details:   We will be providing maps to walk Mount Rainer collecting recyclables and other litter.  Gloves and trash bags will be provided, as will a limited number of trash pickers.  You must wear closed toed shoes and other proper attire.  Refreshments will also be provided to volunteers.


Kara Libby, Ed.D.
Chief Academic Officer
Division of Academics
14201 School Lane
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 

Angela Walton
Administrative Assistant




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