SERVICE LEARNING

Dear Parent/Guardian:

We are happy to announce that the Mott Hall School Service Learning Program (MHSSLP) for the 2019-2020 academic year has been launched. Our program started in 1990 as a voluntary after-school activity. In 1992, due to its proven value and success, MHSSLP became an integral part of the school curriculum for our eighth graders. In 1998, when the District Six Community School Board mandated Service Learning for all middle schools in District Six, we felt proud to have been at the forefront of the important initiative. Moreover, we are further pleased because the U.S. Department of Education recognized the MHSSLP as an exemplary school-to-work program.

Service Learning is a unique form of volunteer work which connects the “service” to “learning” and the acquisition of “real-world” experiences. Our program provides opportunities for eighth grade students to volunteer time and meaningful service to their Harlem, Washington Heights, and Inwood communities. Participation enables the students to learn and practice citizenship, as well as to learn the skills needed to succeed as they prepare for a career and become productive members of the workforce. 

Students will be assigned to a community service site in the coming weeks. On Fridays, students will be released from the building at about 12:00 noon to report to their Service Learning sites, where they will remain until 3:00 P.M. Service Learning field work at their assigned locations will take place every Friday that school is in session, through Friday, May 22nd, 2020. Students are not required to report to their Service Learning sites if there is no school in session. If a student is absent from school on a Friday, they should not report to their community service site, but professional courtesy dictates that they should call their supervisor to let them know that they will not be present.

Students should conduct themselves in a professional, responsible, and respectful manner at all times, but specifically while on route to work and at work. They should travel straight from school to their location by taking the most direct route. On Fridays, lunch will be served in school at the usual time, therefore students may not stop to get food or snacks on the way to their sites. They must report to their site in a timely manner, dressed in the formal Mott Hall School uniform, and carrying their MHSSLP identification card. This picture Id. card (with dates and times of the

program) will indicate to any police, truancy officer, school safety agent, etc. that they are traveling to an authorized location for Service Learning. Students must respectfully and courteously show the card upon request by proper authorities. Additionally, students will receive a metro card on the Friday of Service Learning which they will use to travel to their community service site, and again back home once they leave their site at 3:00 P.M.

As part of this packet, we are including: the Service Calendar and the Choice form. Your child will receive the “Help Wanted” list . You can use the list to help him/her choose the top three sites you want. Then, fill out the Choice form and return it to me as soon as possible- please read the Choice form for further information on the site choices process.

Once students return the Choice form to me, they will be assigned a site. Then, the student will receive the Parent Consent form to fill out using the information about the location- including the supervisor’s name and contact information- from the “Help Wanted” list. Both sides of the Parent Consent form must be signed and dated by you, the parent or guardian, in order for the student to participate.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you have about the Service Learning Program. You can reach me by calling the school at (212)281-5028.

I look forward to a wonderful and productive year. Thank you very much for your time and support.

Sincerely,

E. Boros & R. Benjamin,

Service Learning Program Coordinators