New events make for a fun Service Saturday

Trinity College School students gave back to the community, and had fun in the process, during the first formal Service Saturday of the school year on October 13th. With beautiful fall weather, the students headed out into the local area to volunteer their time and energy.

A new event this year was the “Touch-a-Truck” fundraiser to benefit Northumberland Hospice Care Centre. Students walked down the hill to the Port Hope Agricultural Park and Recreation Centre to assist families as they toured the various vehicles – from fire trucks to dump trucks – and food vendors. This event raised much needed funds for the construction of Ed’s House, a new hospice care centre planned for our community.

One of the organizers of the Touch-a-Truck emailed to say, “On behalf of the whole Touch-a-Truck team, I would like to thank you and your students for coming out to support our event. Your assistance was truly appreciated! Your students were friendly, polite and very professional. It’s very rewarding to see incredible teens working alongside of their younger peers in such a meaningful way. Please pass along our gratitude to each student! They are truly appreciated!”

Heading east to Newtonville, students spent the day at the Haute Goat farm, helping to organize activities for the Harvest Hoedown. This family event included music, local food and children’s games, and our students even had the chance to get in a few goat cuddles (“schmurgles”) themselves! Haute Goat has been a partner in our Week Without Walls initiative in the past, but the hoedown was a new event for our students and they definitely enjoyed their time at the farm.

Another group of students headed to Cobourg to serve at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. Habitat is a long-time partner in our service learning programs, and the students were all smiles as they made signs to promote a fundraising car wash and then headed into the parking area with sponges and hoses in hand! Other students lent a hand in the store, helping with tasks such as organizing, cleaning, pricing and lifting dozens of items in the storage area. Funds raised support upcoming local Habitat builds.

Still more students were at Paulmac’s Pet Valu in Cobourg, having a blast washing dogs and raising funds for the Northumberland Humane Society. They also assisted with socializing with the animals; it was an adoption day and several cats were on-site and up for adoption.

Closer to home, students walked across the road to visit our friends at Empire Crossing Retirement Suites. Students and residents worked together on Halloween decorations and crafts, as well as decorating cookies. More importantly, students had the chance to chat and socialize with the residents.

The largest event of the day was the annual “Big Tree Plant,” right here on campus, which included volunteers from all 10 Senior School houses. Read more about this initiative, which contributes to campus greening and also honours the memory of TCS Old Boys killed in action: “Big Tree Plant honours TCS alumni lost in World War I.”

Thank you to all of the students who gave of their time on Saturday, and to our chaperones: Mr. Ryan Byrne, Mr. Rafay Ahmed, Ms. Kim Vojnov, Ms. Jane Morton and Ms. Alison Elliott.