Many students in the Methacton School District are currently performing service in their community and school. The Community Service Program was created as a way to reward students who are making a difference and being active in our society.
- Students receive .25 credit for every 30 hours of documented service.
- There is no limit to the number of hours or credit each year.
- Community service credits can be used for elective credits for graduation, but cannot replace the minimum number of credits required for a student to take during a six day cycle.
- Hours are cumulative.
- Community Log Sheets and Summary forms need to be turned into the student's school counselor upon completion. Forms should be handed in for every 30 hours of completed service. Partial credit will not be awarded.
New January 7, 2020
Volunteer Leadership Opportunity: For Pete’s Sake** is hosting a Youth Leadership Conference on February 22nd from 10-3pm at Normandy Farms in Blue Bell, PA. Registration is FREE and the students will receive complimentary breakfast, lunch and snacks. The students will all receive five hours of service for participating in this conference.
Students will hear from For Pete’s Sake Founder and CEO, Marci Schankweiler (Mount Saint Joseph Academy Alumna), as she discusses topics such as leadership, public speaking and what it takes to turn your dreams into a reality. Next, the students will hear from a panelist of young professionals who will discuss how and why they chose to volunteer their time at different charities and why giving back to others is so important to them. The panelists will include Cameron Cook (an oncology nurse at Penn and Methacton High School Alumni), Makala Ashmar (an FPS Traveler who is battling cancer at the age of 28) and Gabrielle Curione (a business professional and Villa Joseph Marie High School Alumna). Finally, the students will break off into smaller groups facilitated by young professionals, and the students will be given a scenario where they must plan out a successful fundraiser for an organization. Attached is a flyer with more information.
Here is the link to register https://takeabreakfromcancer.org/fps-youth-leadership-conference/
** For Pete’s Sake is a volunteer organization that assists families with cancer respite. By participating in this program, there is no commitment to volunteer for this organization.
November 12, 2019
Elmwood Park Zoo Volunteer Opportunities
The teen education volunteer program, starts up in the early spring. For that program, teens make a minimum one-year commitment of 7 hours of service per month here in the zoo. They mainly interact with our guests and assist the education department sharing information about our animals in order to inspire our guests to take action for conservation! They assist us with Giraffe and Bison feeding with the public, and this year they will be assisting with our new contact yard with our goats. If you would like more info about that opportunity, please let me know!
For more detail, below is the run down on short term volunteering at Elmwood Park Zoo:
Volunteers for special events are accepted as singles or small groups, as long as all volunteers are over the age of 14. Volunteering for events at Elmwood can be especially fun with a club, a small group of friends or group of coworkers, and is encouraged! Share the opportunity with friends or family who may also be interested in volunteering, and you help the zoo fulfill our needs!
For those wondering what volunteers do for us, Harvest Fest or Wild Lights can involve helping guests with making enrichment and/or crafts for our animals, running educational games, handing out prizes, assisting photo opportunities managing props, supervising a bonfire with s'mores making, and many other tasks. If any of the above sound interesting then consider signing up for an afternoon or even several!
Harvest Fest shifts run from 11:30 AM to 4 PM on weekends from September 28th to November 17th. Wild Lights shifts run from 4:30 PM to 9 PM at night, starting Friday, November 22nd and running every Thurs through Sunday night until December 8th, then it runs every night Dec. 12-23 rd, and 26th - through January 5th.
*** Zoo parking during busy events RUNS OUT! You are welcome to park in free street parking spots nearby or down Harding Blvd. The best thing to do is give yourself 20 to 30 extra minutes for finding parking!
***No food will be provided for volunteers; however, food is available for purchase in the zoo.
***Remember that the volunteer opportunities at the zoo are mainly outside, so volunteers must always dress practically for the weather! For Wild lights, the events are outside, and at night! You will want to dress warmly in layers, hats, gloves and full winter clothing in order to volunteer! *
***The dress code for Harvest Fest is clean, un-ripped and un-shredded blue jeans and flannel shirts, with maybe a cowboy hat or straw hat. For Wild Lights, feel welcome to wear any kind of holiday gear, plus whatever will keep you warm!
To register for any of these events contact Sara Harrington firstname.lastname@example.org
New October 30, 2019
2019 – 2020 Woodland Chess Club Schedule
Chess Club will meet in the Woodland Library from 3:30 to 4:40 pm
ALL MEETINGS ARE ON THURSDAYS
Woodland Chess Club is looking for volunteers for their bi-monthly chess meetings. You may volunteer for 1 session or all of the sessions. It is up to you. Our club has 55 members that range from 2nd grade to 4th grade. Some of the responsibilities include keeping the members engaged in
their matches, some set-up and take down, assisting students in transitioning from one room to another and monitoring parent pick-up. Chess knowledge not necessary. Time commitment would be 3:00/3:15pm – 4:50pm.
For more information or to volunteer contact Mr. McDonough at DMcDonough@methacton.org or call at 610-489-5000 ext. 43410 and leave a message.
Chess Club Dates:
November 7th November 21st
December 5th December 19th (T-shirt info day)
January 9th January 23rd (Human Chess)
February 6th (Doubles Day)** February 20th (Tournament Start)
March 5th March 19th
April 2nd (Chess Fun Day Discussion) April 16th
May 7th May 21st (Chess Fun Day)
Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support
The Kinney Center at St. Joseph’s University is looking for high school students to volunteer in their Transitional and Recreational Programing. Volunteers will serve as peer mentors to model age-appropriate behaviors and social skills for learners with autism and spectrum disorders (ASD). Current opportunities include Basketball and Karate on Saturdays and Transitional Skills on Tuesday evenings.Contact: https://kinneyautism.sju.edu/s/1378/kinney/interior-hybrid.aspx?sid=1378&gid=56&pgid=2800&cid=5127 or questions can directed to Matt Fullmer at email@example.com.
Brookdale Hospice Birthday TeamAre you at least 16 years old and want to make a difference in a Hospice Patient's life? Become part of a group of Brookdale Hospice Volunteers who help patients celebrate their birthdays. For more information about the program and training contact Lisa DiCerto, vounteer coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-337-1101. Brookdale is looking for students and parents to be involved.**************************************************************************************************************Service OpportunitiesThe following is a list of some of the opportunities available.
4H Seeing Eye Puppy Club
American Red Cross
The Arc Alliance
Chester County: Economic Development Council
Cradles to Crayon
Elmwood Park Zoo
Family Service for Montgomery County
For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation
Lower Providence Ambulance
Lower Providence Fire Co.
Lower Providence Community Lib
Meadow Springs Guardian Angel
Methacton Community Theatre
Montgomery County SPCA
Mill Grove/Audubon Wildlife
The Mitzvah Bowl
Mitzvah Circle Foundation
National Charity League
Norristown Hospitality Center
Norristown Police Athletic League
Norristown State Hospital
North Penn Valley Boys/Girls Club
Peter Wentz Farmstead
Red Buffalo Ranch
Sebastian Riding Academy
Senior Center Norristown
Teen Talk Line
Worcester Volunteer Fire Depart.
Methacton High School Opportunities
Family Career & Community Leadership Association
Women's Performance Group
Habitat for Humanity