The purpose of a Service Learning Program is to form long-term partnerships that provide opportunities for to have direct connections with people outside of Pingree. Our Service Learning philosophy involves learning how to serve through listening, being available, reflecting, relating and advocating for others. A significant part of this is learning how to adjust to the needs of others rather than expecting them to adjust to your expectations. Over their time at Pingree, students learn civic engagement through planning, leading and inspiring service in others at Pingree and in the community at large.
Pingree’s Service Learning Program will give students direct responsibility for the happiness and progress of their own community through stewardship and hands-on experience. Students will learn to adjust to situations outside of their comfort zone and troubleshoot projects that do not always go as planned. The program will involve students mentoring other students through long-term service relationships both at Pingree and with outside organizations.
As Pingree transitions over to a Service Learning Program in the coming years, the Service Learning Coordinator will work with Grade Deans and current Pingree students to guide them through the process of earning 50 hours of community service work by graduation. Students who transferred to Pingree as sophomores will be expected to complete the full 50 hours; incoming juniors 30; and seniors 20. As hours are earned, students fill out the attached form which indicates the number of hours the student volunteered and which is signed by the organization the student served. These forms should be handed into the Grade Deans to become part of the student’s record.
For more information, please contact:
Service Learning Coordinator
(978) 468-4415 (ext.359)