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Learning and Growing Through Service to Others

Types of Service

Direct Service-Learning: person-to-person, face-to-face service projects in which the students’ service directly impacts individuals who receive the service from the students. Examples include

  • Tutoring other students and adults
  • Conducting art/music/dance lessons for youth
  • Helping in a homeless shelter

Indirect Service-Learning: working on broad issues, environmental projects, or community development–projects that have clear benefits to the community or environment, but not necessarily to individually identified people with whom the students are working. Examples include

  • Compiling history facts
  • Restoring or building of structures
  • Park or coastal clean-up, clearing, landscape improvements

Advocacy Service-Learning: educating others about topics of public interest–projects that aim to create awareness and action on some issue that impacts the community. Examples include

  • Planning and putting on public forums on topics of interest in the community
  • Conducting public information campaigns on topics of interest or local needs
  • Working with elected officials to draft legislation to improve communities

Support Service-Learning: volunteering with an agency or organizing program to collect, serve, work, etc. that benefits individuals or community as a support to another entity. Examples include

  • Collecting non-perishables to donate to an organization
  • Hosting an event where proceeds to donated items are given to or benefit an organization
  • Volunteering to work a booth or table at fair or community event for an organization 

Groups and Clubs

Maclay encourages and supports philanthropic projects at all grade levels through a wide variety of charitable efforts. To ensure that projects are executed in a manner consistent with the philosophy and fundraising policies, projects that include asking Maclay students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff for contributions must be approved by the Dean of Student Life.  It is our goal to prevent undue solicitation of our community and that drives and fundraisers are scheduled equitably throughout the school year. The criteria for a service project at Maclay are the following:

  • The project or event must be conducted by a group (not individual) of Maclay students such as clubs, grade levels, classes, student government, sports teams, art groups, etc.
  • Projects must have a faculty sponsor
  • All drives that involved fundraiser or money must also be approved by the Advancement Director.

Service Hour Qualifications

  • Work as described above. See the Dean of Student Affairs about other work qualification.
  • Hours earned starting the day after 8th grade graduation count toward Upper School totals. Service hours may be turned in at any time. The final deadline for official recording is graduation from high school.
  • An adult supervisor must sign off on the hours. Exceptions should be approved by the Dean of Student Affairs in advance.
  • A document (Maclay School service hour record, written note, email from supervisor) certifying hours must include the following:
    • Date(s) of service;                          
    • Total number of hours served;
    • Brief description of type of work done;
    • Organization name;
    • Adult supervisor’s printed name and signature.      

Directions for recording service hours:

  • Submit completed documentation in person or electronically to the Dean of Student Affairs (
  • Once recorded, service hours are visible on the FACTS Family Portal.

Service Hour Minimum Requirements:

  • Maclay Community Service Club, Key Club = 36 per year (9 per academic quarter)
  • 11th and 12th grade NHS candidates = 36 per completed high school year average to meet service qualification
  • Bright Futures Scholarships = 75 – 100 total hours