When 5th grade students at Menlo Park’s Trinity School graduate, they earn the honor and privilege of deciding what organizations should receive a $100 donation and a Heart of Trinity Award. The award represents five values the students want to promote as part of their Trinity School legacy: basic needs, environment, animals, fitness, and peace.
“I love incorporating service learning projects into my curriculum,” says 5th grade teacher Kathy Hoekenga.”My students are mature enough to grasp the severity of many world problems, and rather than getting depressed or overwhelmed, our program gives them a tangible way to provide help.”
This year the five awards and donation money, which was collected through fundraising activities by all of the Trinity School students throughout the year, were presented to Save the Bay, Habitat for Humanity, East Palo Alto YMCA, World Wildlife Fund, and Invisible Children.
Trinity School students in every grade (preschool through 5th), participate in multiple service learning projects each year to benefit their local and distant communities. By the time they graduate, they have made lunches for the homeless, assembled dog and cat toys for animal shelters, educated others on how to waste less plastic, and more. Service Learning, a common phrase used to describe collaborative community service projects in education, is a core value of Trinity School and a major expression of the School’s Episcopal identit
Pictured: Trinity School 5th graders presenting Award and donation to Jamin Sartor, Development and Marketing Officer, of Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco.