El Programa de Aprendizaje de Servicio de Trinity es un proceso basado en la investigación y dirigido por los estudiantes que fomenta la compasión, la responsabilidad social, la empatía, las conexiones, el liderazgo y la acción significativa. Esto permite a nuestros estudiantes ser culturalmente conscientes de los problemas que enfrentan nuestras comunidades locales, regionales y globales. Lo que, a su vez, alimenta la empatía, inculca el valor y fomenta la responsabilidad de emprender acciones reflexivas para mejorar la vida de los demás a través de una conexión humana más profunda.
El aprendizaje del servicio está entretejido en nuestro plan de estudios básico y es el núcleo de tres de nuestras escuelas
We value a culture of self-awareness, empathy, and connection. Trinity Students take responsibility, practice kindness, and seek opportunities to help others.We believe that a strong sense of self leads to self-advocacy and advocacy for others. Trinity students share their voices and talents to boldly meet the challenges they and others face.We embrace a spirit of encouraging successes and outcomes by collaborating and honoring the contributions of everyone. Trinity students share ideas, listen and strive to find solutions for the common good.
The Service Learning Program at Trinity School offers opportunities for hands-on engagement for our students and families to help people and our environment. The learning process cultivates compassion and action by challenging students to choose projects of interest, research to learn more, collaborate to create presentations to share with the community, and take action to help solve problems.
Trinity's Service Learning Program: Cultivates empathy and understanding of others' situationsBuilds an understanding that students can make a difference now and in the future, which develops hope for being part of positive change in the worldScaffolds from student initiative and choice, based upon their ideas/passions and the ability to express a unique student voiceFocuses on a process of learning through research, reflections, and actionsDevelops an overall understanding of major issues in our community and worldFosters a sense of learning from others and respecting all people, not just identifying as "helpers."Deepens understanding by exploring root causes, complexity, and different ways to be of serviceEncourages gratitude for tangible and intangible possessionsEstablishes a lifelong value of regularly helping and serving othersIt lives at the heart of our Episcopal identity in the central moral directive to love your neighbor as yourself
Students lead and engage the school with grade-level projects. Each academic year, we collaborate with many of our partner organizations, such as; Ecumenical Hunger Project
for food drives, Achungo School
in Kenya for letter exchanges and donations, LifeMoves
shelter network, who helps families experiencing homelessness, and several others who we connect with when grade-level projects are chosen.
At Trinity, we do not believe service learning should be done through one-off service projects completed in one day. Our Service Learning Program is intentional and focuses on a deeper process of inquiry, discovery, and empathy-building as students explore others’ life situations and feelings. Monthly projects are driven by students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Students develop a service project from conception to implementation and communicate these ideas to the entire student body, bringing the community together to fulfill the scope and sequence.
We support the student’s understanding and ability to identify causes that they might be able to support through issues they are learning about in class, through field trips, and through our use of guest speakers who visit campus and share their experiences. Our first guest speaker of the academic year was Lynelle Bilsey of LifeMoves
, a local organization dedicated to finding solutions for homelessness in Silicon Valley. This visit prompted our Grade 5 students to take action. They worked to create a simulation that allowed students in grades K-5 to deepen their understanding of how families facing scarcity feel, the difficult and multiple choices they need to make, and how their monthly food donations can help people in times of distress. It was a powerful simulation. Below you can see some of the student's thoughts after their participation:“I learned that it is very difficult to live with such little money… we are very lucky to have enough money, and we should have more empathy and compassion for all the people who don’t have enough money to get all their wants and sometimes even needs… You shouldn’t worry about petty little things.” - G4 Student.“I did not know being poor was this hard. You have to make really hard decisions.” - G3 Student.
Throughout their time at Trinity, students become humbled through the multitude of hands-on experiences they have had - from the homelessness simulation to garbage clean-ups at local parks to making lunches for students who otherwise would not have lunch; these acts of service have proven to be insightful. This motivating force has developed a new and/or deeper understanding of societal issues and inequities, underlying problems, systemic causes, and deep personal connections to the rewards of giving back to the community, making an impact, and, yes, making a difference.
All Trinity graduates are keenly aware of our communities' global and local needs and feel a sense of agency, ability, and responsibility to take action. This is showcased in our Heart of Trinity awards, which are a keystone of our Grade 5 Trinity Program. Grade 5 students choose several award categories, research organizations, write letters to organizations, donate money, and present their findings school-wide.
We strive to nurture students who think deeply, care, and are empathetic. We know a student who cares will take action. That's what we're after at Trinity.
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