Trinity Episcopal School aims to instill in our students an enduring appreciation for and commitment to the richness of diversity. We are committed to ensuring our students develop cultural dexterity within a community of people from various backgrounds.
Regular and meaningful service activity in our local and global community is intended to open children’s eyes to the broader world, develop service as a habit of the heart and intentionally challenge students to step out of their comfort zones.
Each grade-level is partnered with a community organization whose mission and services are related to curricular goals. Our students address real community needs in ways that are connected to and informed by their classroom learning.
Year-long partnerships create the possibility of relationship formation that transforms charity into mutual service among neighbors. Trinity students are becoming good citizens of the world as they answer the call to love their neighbors.
Our Service Learning Partnerships
Service Learning Theme: Awareness and understanding of those who are hungry, socially-isolated and are in need of nutrition and social advocacy.
Service Learning Partner: Friendship Trays
Curriculum Connection: In our Kindergarten classrooms, students learn about the growth cycle of vegetables from the planting of the seeds to the harvesting of crops. They weigh and deliver the harvest to Friendship Trays of Charlotte.
This partnership teaches our students early on that they may be small but they can make a big impact. Our kindergartners learn how to interact and develop great friendships with the older community they serve through delivering Friendship Trays.
Service Learning Theme: Awareness and understanding of those who are hungry in our city and in need of nutritious meals.
Service Learning Partner: Loaves & Fishes
Curriculum Connection: In our 1st grade classrooms, students continue their learning of reading & mathematics skills from kindergarten. At Loaves & Fishes, our first-graders help sort, stock and organize the food pantry, thus refining their reading, counting and organizational skills.
This partnership teaches our students about social advocacy at a young age by engaging a wonderful community partner that provides nutritious groceries to individuals and families in a short-term crisis.
Service Learning Theme: Awareness and understanding of and advocacy for adults with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities.
Service Learning Partner: InReach
Curriculum Connection: Our 2nd graders will build relationships with differently-abled adults involved in the self-advocacy class at the Baxter St. community center location and at Covenant Presbyterian Church.
InReach customers will visit Trinity once a month to participate in activities such as gardening, art, music and self-advocacy. Through the relationships built with these neighbors, our students will learn how to advocate for themselves and for the rights of adults with disabilities.
Service Learning Theme: Awareness and understanding of and advocacy for our homeless neighbors in our city.
Service Learning Partner: Urban Ministry Center
Curriculum Connection: As our third-graders dive into learning about the community around them, they begin to the study the rich history of Charlotte. They continue on their journey of the City and social advocacy by partnering with the Urban Ministry of Charlotte.
Each month, they walk a mile to the Urban Ministry Center where they work with our homeless neighbors in Charlotte. From art projects to soccer to singing with the Urban Ministry Choir to holding clothing drives, our students work to get to know Charlotte’s homeless community and learn to advocate for those in need.
Service Learning Theme: Awareness and understanding of children with physical, cognitive, and social differences.
Curriculum Connection: Our 4th graders will build relationships over the course of the year with students at Metro School, and The Epiphany School of Charlotte.
They will do this primarily by working in pre-K and elementary classroom settings at Metro, and in elementary and middle school settings at Epiphany. The relationships are intended to be reciprocal and affirming for both Trinity students and the students of these two schools.
To build a foundation for the relationships, Trinity teachers reinforce learning about the human body and development, cognitive and social function, difference and empathy.
Service Learning Theme: Understand the journeys and conflicts that lead refugees to resettle in the U.S., describe the challenges facing Charlotte’s refugee population, and develop personal relationships to empower refugees to enrich our community.
Service Learning Partner: Refugee Support Services, Galilee Center
Curriculum Connection: Adult refugees in the Charlotte area come to the center to take classes. Trinity’s fifth graders will develop relationships with these adults while participating in activities that help our students learn the stories of the refugees and allow the adults to practice their conversation skills.
Students may help refugees study for their citizenship tests, assist with food distribution, or participate in storytime with young children. The fifth graders will also help with any other projects that the center needs. As the year progresses, we will use our units on the Oregon Trail, the Civil War and arguments and advocacy to tie our work into our service learning through the broad themes of journeys, conflict and advocacy.
Service Learning Theme: Feeding Our Neighbors
Service Learning Partner: 8th Street Friendship Garden, Christ Church Preschool Friendship Garden, Friendship Trays
Curriculum Connection: Our students are able to directly connect their service learning experiences to their curriculum in 6th grade math, science, faith studies and social studies. Students also learn about crop rotations, the growth cycle of different plants, and food scarcity in local communities. In all these ways, the 6th graders lead the school in maintaining a garden that produces over 1400 pounds of food a year to be donated to our neighbors.
Service Learning Theme: Understanding Our Neighbors
Curriculum Connection: Our 7th graders partner with Title One CMS schools Windsor Park and Shamrock Gardens as well as the Charlotte Bilingual Preschool and La Escuelita Preschool. Spanish students support teachers and work with students while they practice their Spanish. The rest of our students help in Kindergarten, 3rd, and 4th grade classrooms and with art and gym classes. The goal is to support teachers in these communities and to learn about school integration challenges and social mobility in CMS.
Service Learning Theme: Advocating For Our Neighbors
Curriculum Connection: Through these partnerships, students investigate and experience social justice issues including homelessness, addiction, poverty and human-trafficking and reflect on what it means to take action to affect change. Partnerships rotate each trimester so that students foster relationships across issues and organizations.