Hamilton requires all students in middle school to complete service-learning hours. 7th and 8th grade students must complete 20 hours of service and 6th grade must complete 10 hours.
Are you a parent who has an idea for a location for students to complete service hours? You can email Mrs. Gardner (LTerry@cps.edu) with ideas!
Students can complete these hours by doing various activities offered by Hamilton. Some ways may be volunteering to tutor younger students or helping teachers or at local community centers. Students can also volunteer in various ways outside of Hamilton (there is a link on the middle school page with service hour location ideas). Each student will have a form to track his/her hours and will have to write a reflection upon completion of service hours. We have created a brainstorming page located on the middle school page of the Hamilton website that will help with ideas of where they could volunteer.
The purpose of Service Learning Hours is to have middle schools participate outside of their homes in helping better their community through service to others. Service learning is also an important component when applying to high schools, universities, and jobs. We strongly believe that in volunteering, students will gain an appreciation and understanding of how their communities work. It will also foster a sense of responsibility that we all have to one another.
We encourage all students to become a part of the Hamilton community by volunteering in any of the various programs/family nights that we offer. If students are participating in a family night as part of a fundraising effort and they receive the funds, service hours will not be given. Students will receive information of upcoming events.
8th grade students may not sign up to go on the 8th grade trip unless they have completed 15 service hours. They can finish the rest of their 5 hours before the 8th grade trip in June and before the graduation luncheon.
Need a service hour sheet? Click here!
Need service hours ideas? Click here!