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Community News Students find fun and fulfillment in community service

Students find fun and fulfillment in community service

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Monday, 06 February 2012

 Trinity College School students had a great time serving the community during the second “Service Saturday” of the school year on February 4th.

Service Saturdays are an opportunity for students to gain service learning hours, but more importantly they promote the School’s mission of “developing habits of the heart and mind for a life of purpose and service” by helping students to understand their own potential to make a difference, even through small acts.

Two students had fun visiting with residents at the Regency Manor Retirement Residence, talking with the residents and working on puzzles with them. Another group played bingo with residents at the Tower of Port Hope Retirement Residence.

A small group of students spent the afternoon at North Shore Lanes in Cobourg, bowling with clients of Access Community Services. The students reported that they had a wonderful time and were so impressed with the abilities of the Access clients on the lanes!

Also in Cobourg, students assisted at the Ten Thousand Villages store. The students were happy to learn more about fair trade as they helped to set up new displays for the not-for-profit enterprise that supports artistic and agricultural production based in low-income countries.

Closer to home, students worked on two art-related projects here at TCS. Teacher Harry Stooshinoff was thrilled to have two students serve in the visual arts department, helping to frame artwork for a new exhibit at the School. Another group of students worked with the Trinity Environmental Action Club and the Uganda 2011 participants as they turned reused paper into cork boards. They will have to wait two weeks for the drying process to be completed before they can see the finished project, but the students say it is well worth the wait as they truly enjoyed learning this eco-friendly craft!

The weekend prior to Service Saturday, on January 28th, a group of six students ran a large bingo tournament at the Tower of Port Hope. This event involved not only residents of the Tower, but also other local nursing/retirement homes. The students were responsible for set up, food preparation and running the games. The School is now working regularly with the Tower of Port Hope to run events such as this, and students are building strong relationships with the residents there.

The third and final Service Saturday of the school year will take place on April 14th. Students interested in taking part, or who would like to learn about other service learning opportunities available at the School, are asked to contact Mrs. Kim Vojnov (kvojnov@tcs.on.ca).


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