Week Without Walls

 

Seventh Annual Week Without Walls: December 7-11, 2015

From December 7-11, 2015 Trinity College School students and staff took part in the seventh annual Week Without Walls service learning initiative.

View a list of our 2015 Community Partners. And learn more about the international service trips that took place in conjunction with the Week Without Walls.

Week Without Walls is a program through which students engage in community service opportunities, taking service learning outside the classroom and helping students to embrace their potential to make a difference. Initiated in 2009, the annual Week Without Walls is part of the School's comprehensive service learning program, which supports our mission of “developing habits of the heart and mind for a life of purpose and service.” It complements other projects such as: our three annual community service days, the annual Vow of Silence day, work with organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Coats for Kids and more, but has the added benefit of allowing students to “learn by doing” within their communities.

“Initiatives like Week Without Walls illustrate that even small actions can help change the world by planting the seed of global citizenship and social responsibility.” Marc Kielburger, Co-Founder, Free The Children

2015 Week Without Walls: Share the experience!

Trinity College School students and staff are reflecting on an amazing week of service learning with the conclusion of the seventh annual Week Without Walls.

After three days volunteering in local communities, December 8th to 10th, Senior School students and educational staff had the chance to look back on what they had learned from their experiences. Whether they were serving at an animal shelter or a public school, an environmental organization or a seniors’ residence, each experience provided the chance for students to feel empowered by the recognition that even the smallest of acts can make a difference.

We have had wonderful feedback from some of the 64 sites in Northumberland, Peterborough, Quinte, Durham and Toronto at which our students served during the Week Without Walls. Our community partners thanked our students not only for the amazing work they were able to accomplish in three afternoons, but also their polite and cheerful attitudes.

On Friday, December 11th, students met in their site groups for discussions and activities around how the week of service had affected the students and how they planned to continue their efforts to create change in the future.

Students were privileged to hear from guest speaker Cheryl Perera, founder of One Child and a youth activist in the fight against child sex slavery. Speaking on an important and emotional topic, Ms. Perera inspired students with her commitment to this cause.

You can share in the Week Without Walls experience. Click on the links below to access photo galleries and media coverage from the week: