Community Service Learning
Our TOP curriculum offers students the opportunity to engage in peer-led Community Service Learning (CSL) throughout the 25-week course. Check out this page to see past community service learning done by former TOP participants. Or if you are a current TOP participant, scroll through to get some ideas for your community service learning projects.
Current TOP participants are required to do 20 Community Service Learning hours by the end of their club. CSL is a great way for teens to learn about their community while helping others. It can also be a healthy way to boost self-confidence, find a new interest, and increase your happiness overall. CSL projects can be big or small, but the feeling of accomplishment, or what we call the "CSL Glow", is always great. Your role in CSL can help give you a sense of pride and identity.
You may have organizations or sites in your community in which you can complete volunteer hours, donate items, or spread information. However, not all CSL hours need to be completed on-site! There are plenty of CSL projects that can be done at home or from a computer.
Past TOP Club CSL Projects
Scroll through the pictures to see some of our past CSL projects we have done with TOP participants. Past CSL projects have included:
Thomas Wallace Middle School, 6th Graders of 2019 made banners to donate to the Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland for Memorial Day. One club made a paper-chain American Flag to be displayed in a common area of the Veterans Home and another club created fireworks with their handprints with messages of thanks.
Fairfield Township School, 8th Graders of 2020 made cat beds and dog toys for the SPCA in Vineland.
At Home CSL Project Ideas
If you are currently in a TOP Club, we understand that getting TOP CSL hours from home is a bit more challenging. Below are some ideas for CSL projects you can complete from home while social distancing.
Make thank you cards for local hospital staff for their hard work and dedication to our community during the COVID 19 pandemic
Start a social media campaign or hashtag to spread awareness on a topic
Operation Gratitude - Every Operation Gratitude Care Package includes a bundle of letters from grateful Americans thanking their Military & First responders Heroes for their service to our country. Write virtual personal letters of appreciation for Deployed Troops, Veterans, Recruit Graduates, First and Frontline Responders, or Wounded Heroes and their Caregivers.