Learning in the classroom, engagement in the world.

Beyond the classroom, Trinity School makes an impact on the lives of our students’ families and the community around us. Through service learning, leadership opportunities, events, and after school enrichment and care, Trinity’s campuses are hubs for discovery as well as play.

Who are you?
How do you see me?
How are we the same?
How are we different?
What can we learn from each other?
What can we share with each other?
How can we work together to protect the earth and make living conditions better?

 

These questions drive service learning at Trinity School. Through the School’s innovative Student Teacher Leadership Team (STLT), students are encouraged to find ways to exercise their responsibility to others and to meet the needs of their community. Each quarter, Kindergarten through Grade 5 students volunteer to participate based on each individual’s demonstrated initiative, interest, and prior service. This group is charged with assessing who needs our help and how to best engage with them. Students develop a service project from conception to implementation and communicate it to the entire student body, bringing the community together to fulfill the idea.

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  • Grade 5 produced reusable bags for the community to reduce plastic in the ocean
  • Grade 4 made hygiene kits for people in Haiti
  • Grade 3 researched more efficient thermostats for classrooms and purchased a rechargeable lawn mower for our field
  • Preschool 3 and 4 year olds made gifts for each other from recyclable materials
  • Every class made lunches for a local family shelter
  • Every class collected shoes for Haiti as well as money
  • Every class made learning games to share with our sister school in rural China
  • Every class had a sustainability job to help make Trinity School greener

Grade 5 students reflect upon their years of service learning, considering the values they have incorporated by interacting with other people, other organizations. Students honor five organizations with the Heart of Trinity School Award in the areas of education, environment, animals, fitness, and peace. The award includes a donation and a medallion representing the Heart of Trinity School.

2015-2016 Heart of Trinity School Award Recipients

Education Award

PRESENTED TO: Save the Children

“Our award, the Heart of Trinity Award, is really what Trinity is about. Trinity is about educating young minds and discerning hearts. We like how you give unlucky kids a chance to grow and learn in a safe environment. Also, if a kid has a dream to go to school, you let their dream become true and that is a really big thing for a kid. You also help them by giving them resources they need to survive.  Because of you, they don’t only have an education, but water and food too.  This enables them to grow and survive similarly to other children. We hope you continue with your unselfish acts of kindness towards kids around the world.”

 

World Wide Peace Award

PRESENTED TO: Amala Foundation

“We would like to congratulate the Amala Foundation on receiving the Heart of Trinity World-Wide Peace Award. We like how you named your foundation with a name bearing multiple translations, all meaning something inspiring in different languages, which represents your including all people and promoting peace throughout the world. We like how your summits promote peace and leadership in ways that kids can actually relate to through fun activities.”

 

Eco-Earth Award

PRESENTED TO: National Geographic

“Congratulations on receiving the Trinity School Heart of Trinity Eco Earth Award! You have done a great job protecting the earth and providing useful education, National Geographic Society! We like that you help with a variety of issues, and not just one problem, like helping species, finding fossils, and discovering cures for diseases.  You also provide many educational books, movies, and magazines to help people understand why we should protect nature. Your society brings awareness to people all around the world. We appreciate your mission and goals to make our world a healthier, happier, and better place.”

Medical Needs Award

PRESENTED TO:American Cancer Society

“This year we felt that you, American Cancer Society, made one of the biggest impact on the world and the medical industry. Research at the American Cancer Society first began in the 1950’s. Scientists are working hard to find a cure for cancer and you can even look at their findings online! There are innocent people suffering from cancer all across the world probably feeling incredibly self-conscious and self-aware. Relay for Life gives hope because people with cancer see how many people are supporting them. We are awarding you this because of all the researching, hard work, surgeries, and compassion you put into your work.”

 

World Crisis Award

PRESENTED TO: UNICEF

“We, the Trinity School 5th grade class of 2016, would like to award you with the Heart of Trinity World Crisis Award. We want to sincerely thank you for helping the Syrian Refugee Crisis and showing your support. We are very thankful that we have clean water, loving families, and a peaceful place to live and we hope people around the world can have the same privileges. Everyone deserves the right to basic needs and a chance to do what they want in life, and you are helping make that possible. Thank you for making the world a better place in many ways. UNICEF shows the compassion that Trinity wants to see.”

 

"When we worked on the Syrian Refugee Crisis, I learned more about other people’s lives which opened up my heart and mind and helped me know more about what was going on outside of Trinity School’s small community."

Lucy, alumna