Trinity’s Office of Public Service, under the direction of Dr. Sarah Bennison and in conjunction with a team of nine faculty members, oversees Kindergarten-twelfth grade service initiatives and supports faculty in service learning work.  Trinity’s program in Public Service works to engage students and faculty in our mission to “engage the larger community of city, nation, and world of which we are a part,” to “serve our neighbors” and to “give joyfully and generously to others.” Beginning in the Lower School and extending throughout Trinity’s three divisions, students engage in meaningful curricular and co-curricular service learning work. 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:
  • LEAD with love.
  • ENGAGE with meaning.
  • ACT with care.
  • REFLECT with intelligence.
  • NAVIGATE change.
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 play a valuable role in society, 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.  
At Trinity, we seek to educate students to be critical thinkers with nuanced frameworks of understanding the world.  Our mission asks us to be "persuasive and courageous citizens."  In keeping with these ideas, Trinity's Office of Public Service incorporates a service learning approach, applying what we learn in school to effective work in the world.  
Service learning, put simply, is the application of knowledge for community needs.  We seek to build on community service models which focus on individual volunteerism.  We are working toward a service learning approach focused on developing citizens who seek to solve systemic human and community issues through innovative and imaginative approaches. This is a transformative approach; this is service learning.  

Public Service News

List of 5 news stories.

  • 1A learns about the Youth Uplift Challenge

    Upper school service council members teaching Ms. Alvarez's 1st grade class.  We learned a lot together and saw all of the many teams around the world participating in the Youth Uplift Challenge!
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  • 4Roma in action making hands for the Youth Uplift Challenge!

    Thanks to Upper School Service Council member Christina Bonaparte for teaching 4Roma about the Youth Uplift Challenge.
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  • A fun afternoon at the Make a Hand, Lend a Hand party!

    Students, teachers and parents decorated more hands with uplifting messages as part of The Youth Uplift Challenge. Thank you to the PA for providing volunteers and snacks!
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  • Thank you Trinity for making Valentines's cards for MSK patients and doctors

    Thank you to all of the classes and individuals at Trinity who send Valentine’s cards to cancer patients and their doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering.  
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  • US Service Council members teach 4L about the Youth Uplift Challenge

    Teaching the Youth Uplift Challenge to Ms. Lemons' 4th grade class. A great discussion about powerty and education in Nicaragua and Indonesia and what we can do to help.
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Youth Uplift Challenge 2017

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

Lower School
Morgan Jimerson – Third Grade Head Teacher
Becky Maas – Fourth Grade Head Teacher
Yosefa Forma – Second Grade Head Teacher

Middle School
Blake Waldman– Technology
Will Wilmot – Latin Teacher
Jen Donovan – Science Teacher

Upper School
Emily Burnham – Religion Teacher
Mary Corbelli – Science Teacher
Echo Sun – Mandarin Teacher
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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.