Grounded in the School’s philosophy is a strong belief that we gain a better understanding of ourselves through service to others. By helping others in the community, Trinity-Pawling students gain greater insight into the value of service and the importance of strengthening relationships between people. We design each service opportunity with the understanding that any educational experience can begin with empathy. It's about making an effort to go outside of ourselves and understand the other — be it a person, culture, or situation. Our service learning program allows students to become actively engaged in learning the reasons why a particular service is needed in a specific area.
Trinity-Pawling students are encouraged to complete several community service projects throughout the year. The School is continuously working to develop partnerships and community service opportunities with organizations like Habitat for Humanity Dutchess County, Special Olympics, Brewster Emergency Shelter Partnership, Pawling Resource Center, and many more. Participating in service projects with these organizations gives the boys the opportunity to engage with the world around them and make a tangible impact.
Service learning is about becoming aware, compassionate, and willing. It's learning to be conscious of those around us and embracing opportunities to do things for others. Taking care of one another — that's what it's all about.
Mr. Dunbar taught me true character comes from doing the right things without praise. I watched him going out of his way in a snowstorm to pick up trash. The life lesson, “What do you do when no one is watching?” ...I happened to be watching from my third floor window on that cold January day, a lesson I will never forget.
John L. chapman ’77