Heart of Trinity Awards
By Kim Thacker, Service Learning Teacher
Grade 5 students culminate their Trinity service learning experience by reflecting on problems in the world and different ways to solve them, discussing projects they have done and organizations they have worked with, and researching and choosing organizations which represent core values of our school.
This year, these areas are world peace, world crisis, our earth, and caring for animals.
Students write award letters to these organizations explaining why they appreciate the work they are doing to help our world and people in need and how their work reflects the values of Trinity School. Each organization is given the award letter, a Trinity School medallion, and $100 from the Penny Panic money raised by Trinity students. If they are local and able, organizations are invited to send a representative to receive the award, speak briefly to all Trinity students in chapel, and spend some time with questions and answers in Grade 5.
Here are excerpts from their letters:
World Peace Award: The Trevor Project
You are winning the World Peace Award because you help stop suicide, and also there is a lot of gender-based violence with LGBTQ+ people being the target of harassment. Therefore, educating people and helping LGBTQ+ people talk to their parents and friends encourages peace. We appreciate the fact that you help with a multitude of issues, like how you have links to websites for different problems people are facing, how round the clock you help people, and how you help with problems some organizations are too scared to address, like raising awareness about suicide. We also like how you can talk to one of the trained volunteers at any time you would like. We think this really makes people believe that someone wants them here in this world. Thank you for staying open 24 hours a day just to help people. Thank you for knowing the pain so many people feel in their hearts.
The Eco Earth Award: The Ocean Cleanup
We like that your organization is cleaning up the garbage patches which are a huge problem on Earth. Your technology is actually helping clean them up, and it works. We hope your organization can clean up at least 50% of the garbage in the Pacific Garbage Patch in 5 years, and also many of the other garbage patches in the ocean. We recognize your hard work and effort in saving the ocean, and most importantly, the world. We think this is important because the trash is killing the animals. You play an important role in keeping these creatures alive and well. The garbage is also preventing the water from reflecting UV rays and heat, which can increase the risk for several diseases, so you are lowering the risk of these illnesses for billions of people. Trinity school really appreciates what you do and how. We wish that everybody in the world would realize what an atrocious thing we are doing to the environment. We hope your work will continue with ease.
The World Crisis Award: World Vision
One of the topics our school values is the World Crisis category, as it’s such a vast and complicated problem, and we want to acknowledge the organizations who help with it. The huge crises involving refugees, poverty, education, and gender equality are vast issues, and your organization, World Vision, is helping with them. We especially like how you increase access to high-quality education, with special attention to girls and children with disabilities. Our school also really likes how your organization focuses on providing job training for parents so that they can support themselves and afford to send their children to school in years to come. This is very important and makes a difference as it helps families out of poverty. We also like how your organization works with men to help prohibit gender-based violence in families, child abuse, and child marriage. In conclusion, thank you for helping millions of people from all different backgrounds and making the world a better place. From serving 326 communities to reaching one new person with clean water every 10 seconds, your organization benefits the world in a remarkable way.
The Animal Compassion Award: PAWS
We have chosen PAWS (because it saves wildlife as well as pets and this problem of abused animals should be addressed immediately because they are important just like other major problems. Trinity loves wildlife, house pets, and a plethora of animals. We appreciate that you rescue animals and put them through rehabilitation and adoption. This is important because many people think of animals as an unimportant species. You show that you care about them. That is amazing. You save so many innocent animals and you give them a chance to be happy in a new family. We also really like how you help wild animals too, saving them and nourishing them back to health. We hope that you continue your amazing work that you do for this world. You will make this world a great place for humans and animals.