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Think Globally, Act Locally!

Service Learning Leadership is now accepting applications for the 2023-24 school year. To learn more about SL Leadership, please visit our page or see Mr. Burrell in room P4. 

This year, we are allowing incoming 9th grade students to apply for the class. Students will get first hand experience in planning, budjeting, publicizing, executing, and evaluating a variety of Service projects. 

The Jefferson Award is a prestigious award given to students for participating in unique community service. Anyone can nominate a student for consideration (teacher, parent, friend, even the student themself). You can nominate in person in room P4 or nominate through email by sending a brief message to Mr Burrell at or the Jefferson Team at Visit the Jefferson page for more information. 


Service Learning has been a part of Pioneer High School since 1995 when the first Sophomore Project was completed. Michael Stark and Bob Vasconcellos started Service Learning through innovative projects like BioSITE, Senior Exhibition, YMCA Leadership Development, and S-Period Service Hour.


Mike Burrell and Rob Zaccheo took over the program in 2002. In 2005, the first Service Learning Leadership class began. Every year, students in the class learn valuable organizational skills along with project management tasks as they create, plan, and evaluate various service projects on campus. The Fall Outreach Fair, blood drives, Red Ribbon Week, Diversity Week, and Earth Day are just a few examples of these projects.


Mike Burrell - Service Learning Coordinator

1290 Blossom Hill Road, 

San Jose, CA 95118


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