Service Learning

Promoting service within our community

Seniors, Class of 2021 Service Learning Information

 

Langley High School is committed to promoting service within our community.

Participation with service organizations has been proven to reduce stress, create a sense of community, foster relationships, and promote self-esteem and a sense of pride by contributing a meaningful impact on someone or something beyond yourself. Accordingly, each student is encouraged to engage in at least 40 hours of service during his/her high school career (10 hours per year); students earning 50 or more hours may be eligible for the Civic Seal. 

The Fundamentals

High school students may accumulate service hours leading to special recognition at graduation (i.e., service learning cord or Virginia diploma seal of excellence in civics).  In order for students to earn a Service Learning Cord students should complete 10 service hours per year for a total of 40 hours.   In order for students to earn a Civics Seal, Students may choose to complete 50+ hours to qualify for the Virginia Board of Education diploma seal for excellence in civics education. See Virginia Department of Education for criteria.  Please note that individual honor societies may have their own criteria for what constitute approved service hours.

Tracking Service Hours

ALL service hours (in and out of the building) are validated through x2vol which is the FCPS service learning system found on Blackboard. FCPS encourages you to use Chrome in order to access and view full functionality of the Naviance site.

For Saxon Service:

Go to x2vol Click on “Dashboard” then “Opportunities” All Saxon Service opportunities are listed on the “Opportunities & Projects” tab.  Click on the dates that you participated.

Mrs. Shomaker, @email, is Activity Contact for all Saxon Service opportunities. Please include the date of   the service, the activity you participated with, and the amount of time.

For Opportunities not related to Saxon Service:

Go to x2vol Click on “Add Hours” button at the top of the “Dashboard” Go to “Personal Project” and click on “Create New” to enter a new volunteer activity

Be sure to include: the contact information of the person who verified the hour through the x2VOL system or upload an email showing the verification the date of service and amount of time; and check the oath statement verifying the accuracy of the information. Submit to Mrs. Shomaker at @email.

Saxon Service

For 2019 - 2020, Saxon Service is the last Wednesday of the month.  All activities are located in the LHS cafeteria. Students earn one hour of service learning at Saxon Service.  NEW THIS YEAR-Students must obtain a pass to attend Saxon Service at http://bit.ly/Saxon_Service.  Once you have participated, you will need to request verification for your hour.  It is your responsibility to request verification for your hours. Please see below for instructions on how to add hours.  Check the Langley Calendar for Saxon Service dates.

Saxon Service activities include (but are not limited to):

  • Making sandwiches or blankets for homeless people in the area
  • Making dog and cat toys
  • Folding origami cranes for people with Cancer
  • Making cards for active duty military or children in hospitals
  • Playing freerice.com to help world hunger
  • Knitting blankets for young mothers
  • Weaving scarves for homeless people
  • Sorting crayons for Crayon Initiative
  • Making reusable feminine products for girls in third world countries
  • Creating beads from recycled cereal boxes for a school in Haiti
  • Sewing and ironing pillow cases for children in area hospitals

Upcoming Events

To find out about service opportunities in our community, go to the Naviance link on Blackboard, scroll to the bottom and click on the x2vol link.  Service opportunities are listed on the Bulletin Board, as well as, the My Opportunities button on the top banner.

Questions?

If you have any questions about service, including verifying hours from Saxon Service or activities other than Saxon Service, see Mrs. Shomaker in the Student Services Dept. or email her at @email.

Winter 2020-2021 Updates

Although students are practicing social distancing right now, it does not mean that you can’t still provide service to the community.  Virtual service learning can be as simple as shopping for food and delivering it to a food pantry (students must do all aspects of this service), and helping neighbors by walking the dog, raking leaves, or mowing the lawn (remember:  this is service so the student cannot get paid).

Other opportunities for virtual service include:

Online opportunities:

UN World Food Program:

Play this online trivia game to earn grains of rice which are sent to third world countries to help world hunger https://www.Freerice.com.  Parents can verify hours dedicated to  Freerice and then students submit a service hour entry on x2Vol for approval of your hours. 

Smithsonian Digital Volunteer:

Become a Smithsonian Digital Volunteer and help us make historical documents and biodiversity data more accessible.  Join 33,326 "volunpeers" to add more to the total 670,413 pages of field notes, diaries, ledgers, logbooks, currency proof sheets, photo albums, manuscripts, biodiversity specimens labels, and historic audio recordings, that have been collaboratively transcribed and reviewed since June 2013  For more information, visit https://transcription.si.edu/.  Parents can verify hours dedicated to  Smithsonian Digital and then students submit a service hour entry on x2Vol for approval of your hours. 

Zooniverse:

The goal of Zooniverse is to enable research that would not be possible, or practical, otherwise. Zooniverse research results in new discoveries, datasets useful to the wider research community, and publications. You don’t need any specialized background, training, or expertise to participate in any Zooniverse projects. We make it easy for anyone to contribute to real academic research, on their own computer, at their own convenience. You’ll be able to study authentic objects of interest gathered by researchers, like images of faraway galaxies, historical records and diaries, or videos of animals in their natural habitats. By answering simple questions about them, you’ll help contribute to our understanding of our world, our history, our Universe, and more. (https://www.zooniverse.org/).  Parents can verify hours dedicated to  Zooniverse and then students submit a service hour entry on x2Vol for approval of your hours. 

Astudia: Astudia is an online organization that aims to provide teens with opporutnities, resources, and online service while empowering them to make a difference in the world.  They are looking for volunteers for  Chat2Serve program, in which students can sign up to help a Ukrainian  student improve their English through conversation (no teaching required!). They pair students through our partnership with ENGin, an organization that helps Ukrainian students find resources to improve their English. Students can sign up to volunteer through the website: https://www.astudia.org/.  Parents can verify hours dedicated to Astudia and then students submit a service hour entry on x2Vol for approval of your hours. 

 

 

Writing and Art Opportunities (Langley students must NOT include their last names or any identifying information):

Pen Pals Around the World

More than two hundred students from international schools in France, Ukraine, Japan, China, and Nigeria participated last year and there is even more interest this year.  Langley’s National English Honor Society is organizing the Langley chapter for Pen Pals Around the World. NEHS leaders have created an online forum for students to exchange “hand written letters” which will be uploaded for a one on one personal exchange. All letters are written in English.  All Langley students are encouraged to participate.  We hope Langley students will find friends around the world during this pandemic and be a part of our global community.  Interested students should complete this form-: https://forms.gle/q2LQyc8qdykKg12a8. to join. Any questions? Contact   Langley Pen Pals langleypenpals@gmail.com

Letters for Rose:

The goal of this organization is to help combat loneliness and isolation in retirement communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. We do this by writing letters and creating artwork for citizens who live in retirement communities! You may receive up to one hour for each letter/work of art you create. All volunteers must fill out our volunteer form, linked here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jvmoP0zEyMYglL1uShbL9Hgt95n_3xCwZU2TaiuQEvo/edit. Our team will reply with information on letter drop-offs and pick-up, as well as how you can get your service hours verified. Instructions and valuable hints on preparing letters and artwork can be found on this link, as well. Once the volunteers have completed their letters, they should fill out this form: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScEdsmkrr_CW-nc89pE6-AkHYgDDX18j25vG5rIS55oaNaj_A/viewform

Virginia  Area Hospitals, Pediatric Units: http://www.cardsforhospitalizedkids.com/make-cards.html)make bright and colorful notes with fun and encouraging messages for children in hospitals away from friends for a prolonged visit (notes can be sent to any area hospital). The cards will brighten their day! Design your letter on a Google Slide and decorate it however you would like, virtually. Share your slide with 1496003@fcpsschools.net in order to have your card sent. Parents can verify hours dedicated to  making cards and then students submit a service hour entry on x2Vol for approval of your hours. Two letters for one hour of service, and three letters  earn 1.5 hours. 

Active Duty Military: Write two letters to someone in the military (two letters for one hour, three letters for 1.5 hours) to thank them for their service. Design your letter on a Google Slide and decorate it however you would like, virtually. Share your slide with 1496003@fcpsschools.net in order to have your card sent.  Parents can verify hours dedicated to  making cards for active duty military and then students submit a service hour entry on x2Vol for approval of your hours. 

Letters for Caregivers and Seniors at Home Instead Senior Care: Write a holiday letter to a caregiver at the Home Instead Senior Care Center. The caregivers of the seniors are isolated as well, so they need just as much encouragement and uplifting as the residents do! Write a thoughtful, colorful, and decorated holiday card to drop off at 9615 Tackroom Lane, Great Falls VA. There will be a decorated box next to the mailbox for you to put your cards in. The box will be out from 8am-7pm on Friday, December 18th.Submit your service hours on x2Vol and list Langley Charity Club as the contact with the email- @email.Examples of letters can be requested from @email  

 

Make A Wish Santa Letters: Write an online Santa letter on the Macy’s Website. Macy’s donates $1 to the Make A Wish Foundation for every letter they recieve. 2 letters earns you 1 service hour and 5+ letters earns you 2 service hours.Submit your service hours on x2Vol and list Langley Charity Club as the contact with the email- @email. Link to writing a letter: https://www.macys.com/social/believe/    Examples of letters can be requested from @email  

 

The Chalk Project: During quarantine, people can feel lonely or a little down. By decorating your neighborhood and town streets with beautiful chalk drawings and kind messages, you can better someone's day without even realizing! It is important we stay positive and stick together as a community. Send @email pictures of your chalk art and how long it took you. Submit your service hours on x2Vol and list Langley Charity Club as the contact with the email- @email. We can then discuss how many hours you will receive (1-2 most likely). The hours you get will be based on how long it took you, the detail of your drawings, the size, and how many you made. Examples of chalk art can be requested from @email  

 

Hands-on Activities: Northern Virginia Family Services (exercise video): Stay-at-home orders can be especially tricky for energetic young bodies that need to constantly be on the move. You can help! Submit a video of you explaining how to do an exercise activity you are an expert in. This can be a sport, exercise routine, dance, yoga ect. Record and submit kid-friendly videos to get shelter children moving throughout the day. Videos should be no longer 10-15 minutes. Simply record and send a video link to @email. You can earn 2 service hours for one video. It must have audio and be well edited. Submit your service hours on x2Vol and list Langley Charity Club as the contact with the email- @email.

Cranes for Cancer: Make origami cranes using 6”x6” paper and send them to this organization provides origami cranes to send as healing for people battling cancer. Instructions on how to make the cranes: https://www.origami-fun.com/origami-crane.html .  Parents can verify hours dedicated to  making cranes and then students submit a service hour entry on x2Vol for approval of your hours.

Where to send the cranes once completed with your name and return address (note, you are responsible for mailing costs): Karen Grinfeld 11140 N. Canada Ridge Drive Tucson, AZ 85737 email-grinfeldk@comcast.net

Dog Toys:

Make dog toys out of old t-shirts and tennis balls and deliver them to area animal shelters. Instructions on how to make dog toys to donate to shelters.  Service hours are provided for creating the toys and delivering them to the shelters.Parents can verify hours dedicated to  making dog toysl and then students submit a service hour entry on x2Vol for approval of your hours. 

https://barkpost.com/answers/how-to-make-a-t-shirt-dog-toy/

http://www.sewhistorically.com/5-different-diy-no-sew-t-shirt-dog-toys/

Crayon Initiative:

Collect used crayons from your friends, neighbors, and your own house.  Crayon Initiative will melt them down and make new crayons to be distributed to pediatric units in hospitals. Information on collecting, sorting, and mailing crayons to Crayon Initiative: https://thecrayoninitiative.org/collect/.  Parents can verify hours dedicated to collecting, sorting, and mailing crayons and then students submit a service hour entry on x2Vol for approval of your hours. 

 

For additional opportunities visit--

https://www.volunteermatch.org/virtual-volunteering 

https://www.wildapricot.com/blogs/newsblog/2020/04/08/volunteer-from-home

 

2020-21  Virtual Service Opportunities

Although students are practicing social distancing right now, it does not mean that we can’t still provide service to the community.  Virtual service learning can be as simple as shopping for food and delivering it to a food pantry (students must do all aspects of this service), and helping neighbors by walking the dog, raking leaves, or mowing the lawn (remember:  this is service so the student cannot get paid).

Other opportunities for virtual service:

  • Writing notes of thanks and encouragement:

Write notes of thanks and words of encouragement for those in the military (notes can be sent to Walter Reed Army Hospital, VA Hospitals) or make bright and colorful notes with fun and encouraging messages for children in hospitals away from friends for a prolonged visit (notes can be sent to any area hospital)

  • UN World Food Program:

Play this online trivia game to earn grains of rice which are sent to third world countries to help world hunger https://www.Freerice.com   

  • Cranes for Cancer:

Make origami cranes and send them to this organization provides origami cranes to send as healing for people battling cancer. Instructions on how to make the cranes:

https://www.origami-fun.com/origami-crane.html 

Where to send the cranes once completed with your name and return address:

Karen Grinfeld

11140 N. Canada Ridge Drive

Tucson, AZ 85737

(@email)

  • Dog Toys:

Make dog toys out of old t-shirts and tennis balls and deliver them to area animal shelters. Instructions on how to make dog toys to donate to shelters:

https://barkpost.com/answers/how-to-make-a-t-shirt-dog-toy/

http://www.sewhistorically.com/5-different-diy-no-sew-t-shirt-dog-toys/

  • Crayon Initiative:

Collect used crayons from your friends, neighbors, and your own house.  Crayon Initiative will melt them down and make new crayons to be distributed to pediatric units in hospitals. Information on collecting, sorting, and mailing crayons to Crayon Initiative:

https://thecrayoninitiative.org/collect/

For additional opportunities, visit  https://www.volunteermatch.org/virtual-volunteering