Benjamin Franklin High School at Masonville Cove offers numerous opportunities to gain practical experience through internships and Service Learning Opportunities.There are several ways to define service-learning, however, the Maryland State department of Education has adopted a definition from Learning in Deed. It states: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.Service-learning must include preparation, action and reflection. Preparation is the first step that students take by working with their teachers and members of the community to identify key issues that impact the community. Students select a type of action and plan their actual project. Students take action by actually embarking on the task that they have designed through direct service, indirect service and advocacy. Finally, students reflect on their experience reviewing what they have learned.Some students may want to complete a service-learning project that is not offered through one of their courses, a club, or school organization. In order for a student to complete an independent project, the student must do the following:The student begins by designing his/her project. The community- based agency in which they would like to work must be a pre-approved site that meets the “Seven Best Practices of Service-Learning”. (opens in a new window)The student must also first complete the proper pre-approval and Preparation Forms and have them approved by their School-Based Service-Learning Coordinator. At BFHS, this is Ms. Woolley.The community agency that is going to host the student must provide the student with adequate preparation activities which will be noted on the Preparation Form as well as the Service Learning Hours Record Card.Once students decide what type of action they are going to be taking, they must be sure to have their site supervisor sign the Hours Record Card at each visit. It is suggested that students keep a diary or service-learning journal available each time service is performed.Students can reflect on their service-learning experience in a variety of ways such as through their journal or diary, creating a video or documentary, or even making a scrapbook with pictures to share with others.Ongoing Service Learning Opportunities at Ben Franklin include:
1. Working in the Filbert Street Community Garden
2. Working in Ben Franklin’s greenhouse and courtyards
3. Growing wetland grasses for the National Aquarium in our nursery
4. Running a Food Bank at the schoolService Learning-Related Forms You May Need:
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Service Learning Brochure