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Service Learning

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

may 4, 2018 

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 

@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 from 4:00-6:00. This opportunity is ongoing. See Ms. Cote in guidance if interested.

MDC Helpers Needed! The Metropolitan District is looking for volunteers to assist with hazardous waste collection. Volunteers will be trained for safety measures and lunch will be provided. Waste Collection takes place on Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the following towns: May 5-Newington, May 12-Hartford, June 2nd- Windsor, June 16th- Wethersfield. See Ms. Cote in guidance for more information and to sign up.

Iron Hornet Club   In need of volunteers for Iron Hornet race preparations.  Help needed for banner painting, course preparation, and obstacle building to name a few.  1.5 - 3.5 hours available every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Meet in Room 187 after school.

The Hearth at Glastonbury: This assisted living center is looking for volunteers to assist with games and activities for the elderly. Please see Mrs. Messenger in guidance if you are interested in volunteering.

MDA Walk: The muscular dystrophy association is looking to get more EHHS students involved in the Spring Walk. Please sign up in guidance if you’re interested in learning more. The walk is on June 2, 2018 at Rentschler Field, but there will be an informational session early this spring for students who express interest.

Autism Speaks Walk: Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 at Rentschler Field- If you’d like to help set up, you can arrive as early as 7:30, and you may attend the walk from 9:30-11:00. Sign up in guidance with Mrs. Cohen. A $1 contribution is required as your monetary donation to the cause. You will be required to attend 1 after school meeting (1 service hour) prior to the event. Dates will be announced during lunches

Walk to End Lupus: The Walk to End Lupus is at Retschler Field. Setup is 12:30pm-2pm and Clean-up: 4pm-6pm. Sign up in Guidance with Ms. Cote.

Check out volunteerconnecticut.org. There are other local opportunities covering a wide variety of interest areas.  Talk to a group of friends or your Connections group and start something up at our school!



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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