x2VOL is the easy way to make service learning hours count
West Potomac is now using x2VOL, an online tracking, and reporting system, for logging-in all service hours including SHOUT (Senior Year-Students Helping Others United Together). Students access x2VOL through Family Connections in FCPS 24/7. x2VOL allows faculty, staff, and students to centralize information and eliminate paper forms. x2VOL also allows students to enter their service hours online at any time, as well as check, sign-up for volunteer opportunities, receive reminders about them, and print a service hour log that can be used for college applications.
SHOUT: From Classroom to the Community
For most WPHS students, volunteering in the community has been a mandatory component of their English or social studies classes. However, the Class of 2010, created a new initiative for seniors entitled SHOUT, an acronym for Students Helping Others, United Together. The SHOUT project gave students the opportunity to perform a service, for the benefits of learning, and allowed students to give back to the community. The Class of 2010 resolved:
We, as a school and community, are committed to the idea and the belief that community service is valuable in both personal and academic experiences.
We, as a school and community, are taking the bold step forward of providing our seniors the time and opportunity to further pursue service learning or community service
Through US Government classes, students are introduced to the SHOUT concept, early in their senior year. As the year progresses, all Seniors are reminded of SHOUT and encouraged to participate. In early spring, interested Seniors are asked to complete SHOUT Proposal Forms, which are verified and approved.
A time period (typically one - two weeks) before graduation, Seniors venture out into the community to complete their SHOUT projects. Let’s support our Seniors, and applaud them, as they take-part in this note-worthy experience.