The Office of Public Service, which oversees K-12 service learning work, is rooted in Trinity’s unique history and mission. Founded as a charity school in 1709 with a specific focus on addressing issues of urban poverty and inequality, Trinity School’s Office of Public Service continues this calling by grounding our service learning work in our diverse school neighborhood. Our service learning program distinguishes itself by integrating community engagement work into the school day, allowing Upper School students to work on a weekly basis at one of our Community Circle Partners. These neighborhood partners, located within a few blocks of Trinity, are the foundation of our service learning program as we encourage students to see the city as school, to apply classroom learning to genuine human and community needs. Each week, you will find Upper School students at Trinity working with preschool children at the Head Start across the street, serving lunch at the Goddard Senior Center, working with children at the Manhattan Children’s Center, and sorting food at the West Side Campaign Against Hunger. These are just a few of the ways that Trinity students incorporate hands-on work in the city as a part of their school life, devoting one free period each week to learn from the diverse world outside of our school walls. Through local work, students learn first-hand about important global issues: urban poverty, educational inequality, hunger and homelessness, learning differences, and the elderly.

Trinity’s transformative service learning approach is grounded in our commitment to L.E.A.R.N. from others in our community and beyond. Through service learning work, imbedded throughout our curriculum, students learn to:
Trinity takes a transformative approach to service learning. Many are familiar with the term “community service" and have participated in these forms of service by raising money for causes, organizing charitable drives, or participating in hands-on service projects or activities. While community service activities are important, Trinity is working toward what is called a "service learning" approach. Scholars Joel Westheimer and Joseph Kahne articulate the difference between these approaches in their writing on citizenship. They outline three different types of citizens: personally responsible, participatory, and transformative. The personally responsible citizen acts responsibly in the community; the participatory citizen is an active member of community organizations and/or improvement efforts; the transformative citizen critically assesses social, political, and economic structures.

Public Service News

List of 5 news stories.

  • DeHostos Tuesday Tutors

    Another food delivery today with the DeHostos Tuesday tutors! Thank you Ms. Previn and Ms. Norris for helping the kids bring the food over to our neighborhood partner!
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  • The Green Team plants tulip bulbs with 2F

    Thanks to our community partner West Side Community Garden for the donation of tulip bulbs. Yesterday the Green Team worked with Ms. Forma's 2nd Grade class to plant the bulbs in the Commons for the entire school to enjoy this coming spring. Thank you to Ms. Kim, Ms. Nealy and Ms. Fall for their help organizing and planting. We can't wait for spring!
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  • 5th Grade meets their Kindergarten Buddies

    Fifth grade students visited the Lower School second floor to meet their kindergarten buddies on October 24.
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  • Letter Writing Party: October 20

    Thank you to the PA Service Team for organizing a letter writing party for more than 100 students on Friday, October 20. 
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  • The Green Team winterizes the roof top garden

    Thank you to The Green Team for removing the dead plants and mixing compost with the remaining soil at the roof top garden. Stay tuned for more to come from The Green Team. 
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List of 2 members.

  • Dr. Sarah Bennison 

    Director of Public Service
    (212) 932-6838
    Smith College - B.A.
    Teachers College, Columbia University - M.A.
    Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University - M.A.
    New York University - Ph.D.
  • Mrs. Kara (Paske) Siegel 

    Assistant to the Chaplains and the Director of Public Service
    (646) 827-6697
    University of Michigan - B.S.
    Teachers College, Columbia University - M.A.

The Service Team

Office of Public Service
Sarah Bennison - Director of Public Service
Kara Siegel - Assistant to the Chaplains and Director of Public Service

Lower School

Yosefa Forma – Second Grade Head Teacher
Morgan Jimerson – Third Grade Head Teacher
Rebecca Maas – Fourth Grade Head Teacher

Middle School
Dave Nelson - Physical Education & Fitness
Blake Waldman
 – Technology
Will Wilmot – Classics
Upper School
Emily Burnham – Religion and History
Mary Corbelli – Learning Services
Laura Gordon - Spanish
Ginn Norris - Service Groups
139 West 91st Street  |  New York, NY 10024-1326  |  (212) 873-1650
Located on Upper West Side of New York City, Trinity School is a college preparatory, coeducational independent school for grades K-12. Since 1709, Trinity has provided a world-class education to its students with rigorous academics and outstanding programs in athletics, the arts, peer leadership, and global travel.