Student Service Learning Hours! What a novel idea. Now kids can get SSL hours for shoveling out their own front sidewalks.
I wonder though, whether Dr. Grasmick is aware of the preapproval requirement and paperwork involved in getting approved SSL hours from an entity that is not on the pre-approved list. According to MCPS's own website:
Approval of MCPS Form 560-50; Request for SSL Pre approval is required in advance of service with organizations and opportunities that are not listed at www.mcpsssl.org as MCPS SSL approved.Also - SSL hours can only be done for a non-profit organization. Its doubtful that neighbors, whether retired or otherwise, are considered non-profit organizations.
SSL requires planning and documentation. It must be performed with a nonprofit, tax exempt organization and supervised by their representative. SSL includes the phases of preparation, action and reflection. Students may earn a maximum of 8 SSL hours within a 24-hour period. Students may not be compensated for their services.Supervision, action, and reflection are also components of the SSL hours.
So, nice try Dr. Grasmick, its a little late, and its really not feasible. Unless the neighbors are pre-approved, MoCo students can't get hours for shoveling out the neighborhood. Achievement may matter most, but it certainly won't get students student service learning hours.
Students in MoCo - its still a great idea to help out your neighbors shovel out. But do it because its the right thing to do, even if you don't qualify for student service learning hours.