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Community News Service Saturday a chance to become immersed in our local community

Service Saturday a chance to become immersed in our local community

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Monday, 17 October 2011

 Trinity College School students lent a helping hand throughout Northumberland County during the first Service Saturday of the year on October 15th. Service Saturdays are held once per term to give students an opportunity not only to accumulate service hours but, more importantly, to build community connections and feel empowered to help make a difference.

The Trinity Environmental Action Community offered students the chance to take part in a shoreline clean-up along the beach, or to help out here at the School by staging an environmental audit and creating and posting signs with “green” tips and reminders.

Some students headed to Cobourg to help out at Beyond the Blue Box, a not-for-profit which sells items for reuse in order to divert them from landfills. Another group assisted with fall clean-up at the community garden planted by the Green Wood Coalition, a grassroots organization focused on housing, food, health care and community-building for local residents in need.

Two area nursing homes – the Tower of Port Hope and Community Nursing Home – welcomed TCS students who spent time with residents, hosting a Bingo game and other recreational activities.

Last, but certainly not least, students worked on the displays at the Cobourg location of Ten Thousand Villages, a non-profit which supports artisans and growers in emerging countries around the world.

Special thanks to the teachers who chaperoned students throughout the day and to the local organizations that offered our students the chance to meet and serve members of the community through a range of fun and enriching activities.

In addition to Service Saturdays, the School provides a number of other opportunities for students to take part in community service. In the coming weeks, TCS students will assist the local United Way and also participate in a Habitat for Humanity build.

Click here for more photos from Service Saturday.


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