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Learning and Growing Through Service to Others

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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 Learning Reporting

Maclay School encourages all students to be involved in community service for several reasons.  Most important is the way that helping others enables young people to mature and broaden their worldview.  Please note the following:

  • The Bright Futures Scholarship for Florida universities requires a minimum of 100 school-approved service hours during high school for their top award. 
  • Community service is often a criteria of college admissions or of other scholarships/awards. 
  • Juniors and Seniors interested in qualifying for the National Honor Society must have an AVERAGE of 36 hours per completed academic year.  Therefore, a Junior candidate for NHS must have a total minimum number of 72 school-approved service hours typically by the beginning of September.
  • To join Anchor or Key clubs, candidates must also have an AVERAGE of 36 hours per completed academic year. 
  • For school-approval of student’s community service, the following criteria must be met:
  • Eligible hours are earned starting the day after 8th grade graduation through the day before high school graduation.
  • The work must be unpaid, volunteer service which benefits one or more members of the community (typically working for a non-profit or at a community-based event.) Specific work for a for-profit company that directly benefits the community will count; please just describe the work with detail. ***Unpaid work that financially benefits a for-profit company or a family business is considered an internship or work-study, and not community service.***
  • An adult supervisor must certify the hours. There are few exceptions to this rule.
  • Documentation certifying the hours must be presented physically or digitally (photo, screenshot, scanned image) to the Dean of Students (hbas@maclay.org). This must be on official stationery of the sponsoring organization, on a Maclay Community Service Record found here, or originate from the organization’s and/or adult sponsor’s email.
  • Documentation must include the following:

a. Date(s) of service;                   
b. Total number of hours served;
c. Brief description of type of work done;
d. Organization name and the supervisor’s printed name and signature (if not on supervisor’s/organization’s email.)

We will be transition to record keeping on the FACTS Student Information System in the near future.
All students may turn in a hard copy of service hours to the Dean of Students at any time but are encouraged to keep a personal copy.