CMS Serves

CMS Serves is a comprehensive service learning site for CMS students, staff, and parents. Teachers and students can find a topic of interest and check out related service possibilities, identify a project on which they would like to collaborate, or propose a project. Parents can help their students find service projects to meet their class or curriculum  requirements.

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Remember that service learning does not only mean volunteering! It can also be building awareness around an issue, or advocating for an idea or for others who need a voice.  Think about how you can make an impact on the community issue you choose.

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  1. I would like to do my project on the motivation theory and how it could impact and change the school i would film some of the activities and track discipline records would this be a good idea ?

    1. I think that is intriguing. You would have to be careful with privacy issues of using real student data. Your school counselor or another administrator could help you with this.

  2. My graduation project is on how music should be played in the classroom and I was thinking I could make a 10 question test and give it to a group of students playing different types of music. Does this sound suitable?

    1. I like the idea, but how does giving them a test serve the community? If music is interesting to you, why not volunteer to organize music for a day care class or home for the elderly, or create a CD mix of good music to study by and offer it to teachers to use in their classes.

  3. Hello, im trying to find some more information on teenage pregancy increasing in the past few years and i can’t find nothing on my typic. I will like your help.

    1. You can find research about teen pregnancy in many places, but I do not know the trends. You may have to change your thesis to match your research, whether the rate is increasing or decreasing. Try calling the local teen health centers or looking online for information about the general topic of teen pregnancy first.

  4. Hello, I am trying to figure out how to find a good community service for my topic which is the following.
    Homeless adults who have mental disorders often commit suicide because of depression, abandonment, and the lack of education.
    What do you suggest?

    1. My standard to questions are (1) who is impacted by this issue? (2) How can you help make the general public aware of the issue or advocate for change?
      Your issue is about support for the homeless. What avenues can you think of to create awareness? Creating a meme and posting on facebook, writing a blog or editorial,
      making an infographic and sharing on social media, writing to investors to seek donations to mental health clinics, etc. Think about how you can have influence in this community.

  5. I want to do my research project on addiction to cosmetic surgery but I do not know what I could do for the community service portion. Do you have an idea?

    1. Think about the related issues for your topic. Self-esteem, medical costs, teens and plastic surgery, societal values of beauty, etc.
      Think of how you can build awareness around one of these issues, and who needs the information. How could you advocate for an issue?
      Pay attention as you research and look for ideas that you think need to be shared.

  6. My project is about overbreeding of mainly dogs and cats in the community, and I was wondering what sites I could use for a blog or webpage?

    1. There are many to choose from, but you might want to write an article or blog and submit to the shelters to post on their own site. That would probably have the most impact. Remember to be factual, objective and responsible in your writing.

  7. My research topic is on school safety and how we shouldn’t arm our teachers and I don’t have any good ideas of I could do for my service learning. What could I do?

    1. Hi Mireya,
      Remember that you can build awareness of the topic of school safety. Think about who cares the most about safe schools, and how you can give them relevant and correct information. You can do the same thing with gun control at school.
      Remember to talk about this topic and all topics by being objective and factual.

    2. Hi Mireya,
      You need to think about building awareness by getting your message out to those who care about this topic. How would you share what you will learn in your research? Think about how you learn information and then how you can share what you know with others.

  8. I need some help on my topic and finding stuff. But my topic is “Should get permission to get birth control and, cause & effects. Need help ASAP.

    1. Jasmine,
      I am not sure of the direction of this topic. You should check with your teacher to see if it is approved.

  9. For my senior exit project, I’ve picked the topic of “LGBT rights, in a changing world. ”
    For my service learning, I had in mind of running a few servays, both online and in certain high traffic areas such as at a local mall or store. And documenting this through video. Would this be a suitable option for my project ?

    1. Taking a survey is research, not service learning. What can you do to give back to the community? Remember that building awareness and advocating for something are good service learning experiences.
      1. Who needs to know the information from your research?
      2. How can you get it to them in a responsible, unbiased, and ethical way? (Think about how you get information easily and quickly…)

    1. Remember that building awareness and advocating for something are good service learning experiences.
      1. Who really needs to know the information from your research? Who is your target audience?
      2. How can you get it to them in a responsible, unbiased, and ethical way?

  10. Hello, i was wounding if you could help me figure out my community service hour for my senior exit my topic is weight discrimination.

    1. Remember that building awareness and advocating for something are good service learning experiences.
      1. Who really needs to know the information from your research? Who is your target audience?
      2. How can you get it to them in a responsible, unbiased, and ethical way?

  11. I have to do a community and service project and I don’t know what I should do, all i know is that I want to help animals. Do you know any organizations?

    1. You can volunteer at many organizations who help animals. There are many ways you can help. Why not try a pet food drive, or gather old towels to line cages, or take pictures of animals waiting to be adopted. Try a Google search for animal rescue organizations in your area.

  12. I need help for ideas for what I could do for my service learning experience. My topic is Hacking, Hackers, and Cyberterrorism.

    1. Remember that building awareness and advocating for something are good service learning experiences.
      1. Who really needs to know the information from your research? Who is your target audience?
      2. How can you get it to them in a responsible, unbiased, and ethical way?

    1. Remember that building awareness and advocating for something are good service learning experiences.
      1. Who really needs to know the information from your research? Who is your target audience?
      2. How can you get it to them in a responsible, unbiased, and ethical way?

    1. Remember that building awareness and advocating for something are good service learning experiences.
      1. Who really needs to know the information from your research? Who is your target audience? Who makes decisions about how teachers must grade?
      2. How can you get it to them in a responsible, unbiased, and ethical way?

    1. You didn’t tell me your thesis, but here are some general tips that might help.Remember that building awareness and advocating for something are good service learning experiences.
      1. Who really needs to know the information from your research? Who is your target audience?
      2. How can you get it to them in a responsible, unbiased, and ethical way?

  13. Hey! So my topic/ thesis is that standardized testing has negative impacts on not only the student but the teacher as well. I am struggling to find a product/ service i could do for this topic. Could you help?

    1. Remember that building awareness and advocating for something are good service learning experiences.
      1. Who really needs to know the information from your research? Who is your target audience? Think about who runs education in NC.
      2. How can you get it to them in a responsible, unbiased, and ethical way?

  14. My topic for senior exit is the Abolishment of the death penalty in America and i have no idea what i can do for learning services can somebody help me out with ideas that would be helpful

    1. Remember that building awareness and advocating for something are good service learning experiences.
      1. Who needs to know the information from your research?
      2. How can you get it to them in a responsible, unbiased, and ethical way? (Think about how you get information easily and quickly…)

    1. Remember that building awareness and advocating for something are good service learning experiences.
      1. Who needs to know the information from your research?
      2. How can you get it to them in a responsible, unbiased, and ethical way? (Think about how you get information easily and quickly…)

  15. Hi,
    so my subject i’m am looking into is changing the graduation project to something that will be more helpful to students futures. I would like to interview you since you are in charge of the CMS graduation project could you email me so we can talk?

  16. I’m thinking about doing my junior paper on the basis of whether or not terminally ill patients should be allowed to die on their own terms by way of euthanasia or physician assisted suicide. Do you know of any ways I can do service with this subject? If not, then other suggestions of topics in this region?

    1. Remember that building awareness and advocating for something are good service learning experiences.
      1. Who needs to know the information from your research?
      2. How can you get it to them in a responsible, unbiased, and ethical way? (Think about how you get information easily and quickly…)

  17. so my friend did his research paper last year and he did his topic on technology being a distraction in the world. So how would he do community service on that? any ideas???

    1. Great topic and there is a lot of new research about this and how tech affects the brain, especially in development. Remember that building awareness and advocating for something are good service learning experiences.
      1. Who needs to know the information from your research?
      2. How can you get it to them in a responsible, unbiased, and ethical way? (Technology would be a bit ironic…)

    1. Yes, because it is a global or community issue.
      Remember that building awareness and advocating for something are good service learning experiences.
      1. Who needs to know the information from your research?
      2. How can you get it to them in a responsible, unbiased, and ethical way? (Think about how you get information easily and quickly…)

  18. Heyy! I need some help coming up with a good introduction to my junior paper. Like, how should i start off such a long essay about a single topic. My thesis is “School should start later because it would improve academic performance, reduce health risks, and positively impact teenage behavior.” Thanks!!

  19. My teacher says I have to have an argument and have to prove my side. I am interested in early intervention and how OT services can help preschoolers, and I would like to do something about how to help parents get connected with services for their children, but how do I argue about that? i am really confused.

    1. It sounds like your argument is that OT services can have a positive affect on preschoolers. Who needs this information and how can you get it to them? Is there someone else already working on this and perhaps you can help intheir work? What advocacy groups are there for preschoolers who need extra help?

    1. What service (awareness-building, advocacy, or volunteering) are you providing to the community around your chosen topic? How are you working to help solve the problem you have identified?WHat groups are already doing work on this in our community? Why not connect to one of them and help in their work.

  20. I plan on doing my paper on social media and how it negatively affects teens. Do you have any suggestions on service projects?

    1. Remember that building awareness and advocating for something are good ways to give back to the community.
      1. Who needs to know the information from your research? Is it just teens?
      2. How can you get it to them in a responsible and ethical way?

    1. There are a lot I can think. Have you thought about writing to the education secretary for the state and advocate for arts funding? Maybe start a blog or other social media site to spread knowledge about what arts in the schools can do. How about doing an art supply drive to get donations for art supplies for a school in need.

  21. Hi, so I was wondering if this is a good thesis: The acknowledgement of the correlation between the Bible and science mollify religious intolerance, and create a more open-minded, serene society.
    I’m not sure if this is a good topic or if it will be interesting enough for a reader, I just need some criticism, and also direction on how to structure my paper

    1. I think this is a good topic. Remember to be as unbiased as possible in your paper, researching both sides of the issue, then creating your thesis that is supported by the research. Email me directly for more help.

  22. My Paper is on Closing The Achievement Gap in Minority students I was going to do the service learning project seeing that my mom works at a school so I though it would be easy to go talk to the kids about my topic, but now my teacher has kind of talked me out on doing the service learning part I just need to know how do I go about either doing the product or service learning for the product I was thinking on getting a couple of teachers and having them answers questions on how they would go about closing the achievement gap and documenting it in a scrapbook but I’m just so confused and don’t really know what to do

    1. Asking someone a question is still doing research. Your service learning should be either advocating for your issue by building awareness of the achievement gap, volunteering with a student who needs help, or some other way to help solve the problem you have identified.

  23. I’ll be straightforward. I chose it before all the headline events occured; I regret it greatly. My topic is police brutality. As of now, I’m stuck trying to find a Service Learning Experience. I just don’t want to make people mad if their opinion doesn’t align with my presentation.

  24. Hi, my research paper topic is “Undocumented workers should get the same benefits as documented workers.” I talked about how they work as hard as the documented workers and how America actually needs them. What can I do for my Service learning experience? I can’t think of anything at all, especially because of the fact that it has to be at least 15 hours of work.

  25. My project has to do with the Safe Haven Law and how parents should not have a legal way of abandoning their children, I am not sure what to do for the service learning portion of my project. Does making flyers or taking surveys sound like a good activity that could help my project and service learning experience?

    1. Taking surveys is still part of the research piece, because you are the one receiving the information. Service learning means giving back tot he community, and one way is to share the information you learn, so yes, a flyer would work. Think of other ways to get the information tot hose who need it.

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