Service Learning

Civics Service Learning

What’s Service Learning? Service learning is an effective way for youth to develop the drive and desire to become lifelong volunteers and engaged citizens. Students can participate in activities through outside organizations like Volunteer Fairfax as well as at Rachel Carson Middle School. Service learning at Rachel Carson aligns with the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate that supports the development of responsibility to the local and global community.

When & where can it occur? All 15 hours of service learning must take place outside of instructional hours: during Panther Time, after school, and/or outside of school.

How do I get credit for my service? All 15 service hours need to be recorded in x2VOL, available through Family Connections in Blackboard. You must collect the email address of the adult for whom you are performing service. If you cannot get the adult’s email please type in the email address of your parent to verify you have completed the service opportunity. Enter their email address into x2VOL within a week of performing the service so that your service can be verified in a timely manner.

What counts as Service Learning?

Examples of Service Learning

  •  Helping at a food bank
  •  Helping a teacher in their classroom
  •  Helping a school set-up and/or run an event
  •  Picking up trash in a community
  •  Coaching or mentoring kids
  •  Participating in a service-oriented club (Going Green, Peer Tutoring, Touching Heart, etc.)
  •  Baking for a cause
  •  Helping a religious organization
  •  Helping a political organization
  •  Scouting service projects

Non-Examples of Service Learning

  •  Grading papers for a teacher
  •  Bringing in school supplies like tissues, candy, or magazines
  •  Founding, attending, or participating in a non-service orientated club
  •  Doing a favor for a family member, neighbor, individual, or friend
  •  Performing chores or housework

To receive credit, all service must involve work by the student and provide a benefit to the community. Credit will not be given for mere attendance at an event, or for a project or activity that benefits only the student, his or her relatives, friends, or neighbor. Additionally, you cannot benefit from the service in any way financially or academically. Remember that hours completed for National Junior Honor Society cannot also be used to count towards your service hours for Civics. When in doubt ask your current Social Studies teacher!


Logging Volunteer Hours in X2VOL

All 8th grade students have gone through X2VOL orientation and setup with their Civic class. Student will access their X2VOL accounts by logging into their FCPS Blackboard account and clicking on Family Connections from the FCPS tab. On the Family Connections page under Resources you will find an X2VOL link.

Logging Hours: To log hours you will either create your own Personal Project or you will use a Recurring Project.

Create your own project by clicking on Opportunities and Projects > My Activity Log from the top tool bar. Click on the "Create New" button under "Personal Project' heading. You must fill in the fields for Activity Name, Description, Date, Hours claimed, and Activity Contact information. You must have a valid email for your Activity Contact person. You do not need phone numbers). You do not have to complete the Interest, Career or Reflection fields. Be sure to enter the correct DATE the activity was completed and to select the GOAL the hours should count towards. Click submit. Video directions of how to Create your Personal Project and log / add hours.

To log hours towards a Recurring Project or Scheduled Event that you previously signed up for, find the activity under the "My Activity Log" and click the Add Hours button.

Joining Groups in X2VOL: All 8th graders should be part of their Civic Teacher's 8th Grade Service Learning Group. If a student is in NJHS they should be in the NJHS Group for their Team.

Video directions for Join Groups & Goals in X2VOL.

Finding Volunteer Opportunities

 Video directions to find volunteer opportunities in X2Vol

Why am I not seeing my hours?

If your hours have not been approved, you should first check to make sure that your hours have been associated with a the correct Group and Goal and that the date you entered falls inside the date range of the Goal.

My hours are associated with a Group and Goal, but they are still not approved. What do I do?

Remember that all hours must be verified through email. When you entered the hours you needed to include a valid email address for someone who can verify you completed the hours. If you have done this and your hours are still pending you may want to contact the person whose email address you put in to verify your hours.

For questions or issues concerning X2VOL accounts students should contact their Civics teacher.


Volunteer Opportunities

Check out this link for opportunities to volunteer in our area!