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Service Learning

Service-learning is an educational approach that combines learning objectives with community service in order to provide a pragmatic, progressive learning experience while meeting societal needs.

Oak Hall students, faculty and staff are engaged in service opportunities in our Gainesville community and often far beyond. 

These projects are a way for us to give back, help, and make a difference. Service is a core pillar of Oak Hall's values. 

Oak Hall Upper School students are required to complete forty (40) service hours as a graduation requirement.


FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT KRISTIN WILSON, SERVICE LEARNING COORDINATOR

 

Service learning is a valuable way to learn about what it means to give back to your community, to be involved in helping others rebuild their lives, to show care to people you wouldn't ordinarily cross paths with. In the process of serving a meal, planting a tree or painting a house, we learn about different people in the world, who may be limited by or struggling with things that we don't deal with on a day to day basis.

--Claire Schofield

Downloadable Verification Form

ServiceLearningForm18-19.pdf
ServiceLearningForm18-19.pdf

ANNUAL SERVICE EVENTS

Annual Holiday Food Drive

November 2018

Students in US and LS collect food to deliver to local food banks, organized by NHS.

International Festival

March, 23, 2018 from 10am to 3pm

This free public event celebrates the diversity of our community and includes interactive displays from a host of countries, cultures and religions. Volunteers will organize exhibitors, vendors and entertainment.

Great Day of Service

April 10, 2018

All Upper School students get out and into our Gainesville community and serve for the day! 

SERVICE CLUBS

Key Club

National Honor Society

Reminders & Deadlines

Service Learning Reminders

Students who enroll in Oak Hall after the beginning of the 9th grade year will have their service hours prorated to their time spent as a student at Oak Hall.

Ex: a student enrolling at Oak Hall at the beginning of their sophomore year will have to complete 30 service hours as their graduation requirement.

Hours can be accepted from service work done in the summer leading up to the 9th grade through the 12th grade school year.

Students who are entering their 9th grade year (starting with the 2018-19 school year) will be expected to have the following breakdown of their service hours:

  • A minimum of half of the service hours (20 of the 40 hours) must come from service with a nonprofit organization.

    • Ex: volunteering your time at Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society, “Volunteen,” Grace Marketplace, Keep Alachua County Beautiful, etc.

  • The other half of the required hours (up to 20 hours) may come from Oak Hall related activities.

    • Ex: helping at the track meet or with football, being a student ambassador, setting up for a band concert or art show, or helping a teacher. 

Service Learning Deadlines

There will be two deadlines each year for turning in service hours:

  1. Hours completed in the summer and fall semesters will have a December deadline (before winter break).

  2. Hours completed in the spring semester will have a May deadline (the last day of school before summer break).

Note: Service hours will not be accepted from school semesters’/years’ past when not turned in by each semester’s deadline.

Students must fill in the Verification of Service Learning Hours form and answer the reflective questions completely in order to have hours recorded.

Students should expect that their hours will be verified with the organization’s representative.