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Service Learning

Please read these opportunities in Connections & remind students to represent the Hornets in a positive way.

may 5, 2017 

Connections GROUP Service Opportunities!...

Does your whole Connections want to do a service project together? If so see below and contact Ms. Barry for more info! 

  1. St Mary’s Food Bank ALWAYS needs food---organize a food drive

  2. Meet at an event

  3. Brainstorm some new ideas especially for East Hartford! 

Please consider getting your group to work together towards a single goal 

Follow East Hartford Service Learning on Twitter: For all service learning opportunity updates and information. @EHHSServiceLearning #HornetsVolunteer #GetInvolved   

Handicap Bowling: The Hall of Fame Bowling Alley is looking for 8-10 volunteers on Fridays to assist with the handicapped league. This opportunity is ongoing. Sign up in the College and Career Center (Room 143) during lunch waves. 

American Red Cross Donor Ambassador Program: If you’re interested in volunteering at local blood drives this summer, the American Red Cross will be visiting the high school in May to briefly talk to students about their summer ambassador program. Information on what it entails, how to sign up, and how many hours you can get will be provided at the meeting. To sign up to attend the informational session during school, go to the College & Career Center (143), or email Ms. Cote (Cote.ae@easthartford.org 

Veteran’s Association: In preparation for Memorial Day, the East Hartford Patriotic Commission is looking for people to help place flags on Veterans' graves.  Those interested in helping should arrive at Hillside Cemetery at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 20th.  Students may earn as many as 4 Service Learning Hours. See Ms. Gus in room 171 with any questions.  

MDA Muscle Walk: Walk to support funding the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The event is on Saturday, June 3rd at Rentschler Field. Registration starts at 10:00 and the event starts at 11:00. Pick up a flyer in the College and Career Center (143) for more information. Register an individual or a team by going here: http://tinyurl.com/m8cmvxg 

Apraxia Walk: The Annual Apraxia Walk is on Sunday, June 4th at Goodwin Elementary School. High School students will be needed to facilitate games, face paint, monitor the check in booth, etc. If interested in signing up, go to the College and Career Center (143). More information to follow. 

Autism Speaks: The Autism Speaks Walk is on Sunday, June 4th at Rentshcler Field. If interested in helping Mrs. Cohen, come to guidance and pick up a waiver form. Students must complete a waiver and provide a dollar. Students helping Mrs. Cohen should be there at 7:00. Students just interested in walking can be there at 9:30.

Iron Hornet: The Military Club is looking for volunteers to help out at the Iron Hornet event. Interested students can attend meetings Mondays after school (2:15) in room 187. 

Grit N’ Wit Obstacle Challenge: Help raise money to benefit families fighting leukemia and other blood cancer at an obstacle course challenge at Rentschler Field! On Saturday, June 17th, 2017. Shifts are from 8 – 11 AM; 11 AM – 2 PM; 2-4 PM. Help with parking, registration booth, swag bag distribution, or course directions. Sign up online at: http://tinyurl.com/kntrh56

 Volunteer in the Community: Students can seek their own opportunities and use their connections. Service hours do not have to come from our recommendations, but can be from services you offer the community for no cost. Volunteer at a daycare or elementary school! See if the food banks or animal shelters need assistance!





Senior Opportunities:  


Students will be facilitating team-building activities with young children at the following elementary and middle schools:  









Silver Lane

Sunset Ridge




Junior Opportunities:  


Students will be taking trips to the following locations to provide services:


Larson Center

Playing games and reading to young children

Community Cultural Center

Decorating for Santa’s visit event and organizing closets

Martin Park

Cleaning up the park grounds and waterfront


Helping prepare for Thanksgiving

Audobon Society

Yard and Garden Work/outdoor projects


Playing games and reading to young children

Women’s League

Distributing literacy kits to children and reading aloud


Assembling literacy or toiletry kits for people in need


8TH ANNUAL Community awareness day

click here for the complete CAD 2016 informational packet

On Wednesday, November 23, 2016, East Hartford High School will be holding its eighth annual Community Awareness Day, a day in which all EHHS students have the opportunity to learn about community involvement and service learning opportunities.  To develop a deeper understanding of what they can do to give back, freshmen and sophomore students will visit service oriented organizations (such as Habitat for Humanity, the Alzheimer's Association, Girl Scouts of America, and the Rotary Club) at the Service Learning Fair.  Students will then attend a presentation by Devaughn Ward, an East Hartford High School graduate and politician who started up a welcoming initiative at Martin Luther King Elementary School in Hartford.  During this special day, EHHS students and faculty members will also engage in energizing teambuilding activities in the gym to strengthen our school relationships.    

This year, Community Awareness Day has many added service components. Every elementary school in the East Hartford district is going to participate in this monumental day. Groups of twenty seniors will venture into each of our elementary schools and run team-building activities with the future Hornets.  These activities were created to foster role-modeling for the children and give the upperclassmen an opportunity to discover and hone their leadership potential. 

For the first time, EHHS’s juniors will also have the opportunity to volunteer in the community. The high school has partnered with the United Way, East Hartford Parks and Recreation, and the YMCA to offer our juniors an unprecedented opportunity. Students will be able to volunteer at Foodshare in Bloomfield, Martin Park, The Community Cultural Center, The Larson Center, The Women’s League in Hartford, and The Audubon Society in Glastonbury. They will be contributing their time and energy to many great causes at these locations. Some juniors will remain at the high school to assemble toiletry and literacy kits for distribution to people in need.  

The East Hartford High School community is excited to engage students in community awareness and orchestrate tangible acts of kindness. We’re enthusiastic about fostering thankfulness at such an appropriate time of year and look forward to continuing this initiative for many years to come.


click here for the complete CAD 2015 informational packet. 




Service Learning is a teaching and learning method that connects classroom curriculum with identified community issues and needs. Service Learning engages students in projects that serve the community and build their social and academic capacities.

Service Learning will strengthen the classroom instruction of high school students in all subject areas to improve their overall academic success, and will fulfill real needs in the East Hartford
. Through their participation in curriculum-driven projects, students will be exposed to new concepts in learning and will develop a stronger sense of social responsibility and civic awareness.

Service Learning as an educational strategy is designed to enhance social and academic learning while developing character and citizenship skills. 

In order to qualify for Service Learning hours, the service experience must include the following components:

 Preparation: Students prepare for their service by learning about the issue of concern and developing an action plan for service.  

 Service: Students engage in meaningful service by working on a project that will make a difference in their community and is tied to their course of studies.  

 Reflection: Teachers enable students to analyze and make sense of their experience through discussion, journaling, and presentation opportunities.  

Service Learning Credit Achievement:   

  • Students must complete a minimum of 10 hours of service in the 2010-2011 academic year in order to receive credit for participating in Connections.  

[*] Portions of this description and requirements have been taken from http://www.servicelearning.cps.k12.il.us/



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