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What are SSL hours?  What’s the point of them?  Have you ever asked yourself these questions?  

Well, SSL stands for Student Service Learning, and you are required to complete 75 hours before the end of high school in order to get your diploma. SSL hour opportunities are everywhere. They’re in Outdoor Ed, the school store, etc. There are also many opportunities outside of school, like working at fairs, and animal shelters. SSL activities are not only important, but will help shape your community and encourage you to keep helping. SSL can make you a better, more hard-working person! All service learning must be performed nonprofit, and must be an activity intended to help the community. There are forms to fill out that allow you to reflect every time you do SSL hours. It asks you to demonstrate how the community benefited from your act of service learning. 


However, it can be hard to find opportunities. Here are some opportunities available for middle school students:

Food Pantry: Open to the Community

-This is an on-going, monthly event

-Volunteers must be 11+ years old

-Volunteers assist with donations and other events

-Sponsored by: Millian Memorial United Methodist Church

-Contact Edith Williams or the church office

-Location: Rockville, MD

Anacostia Watershed Society

Purpose: To restore the Anacostia River

Link to volunteer sheet and information:  Volunteer Group Information Sheet here.

Event Calendar: event calendar.

For more SSL opportunities:


Edited by Rory D.