Trevor Day School has a long-standing commitment to service as an integral element of its curriculum. Trevor aims to help students develop a sense of responsibility for their community and become empowered citizens who critically engage with the world around them. Our goal is to integrate knowledge and understanding with compassion and social responsibility, while we strive to promote empathy for others through diversity of ideas and experiences.
In the Lower School, students participate in service events throughout the year including a UNICEF collection, food and clothing drives with New York Common Pantry, and mulching in Central Park. Students in Grades 4 and 5 also have the opportunity to serve on the Trevor Senate. These elected class representatives speak up for their fellow classmates and contribute ideas for progress within the school community.
The Middle School's Service Learning Program themes are community, citizenship, and stewardship. Grade 6 students focus on the Trevor building, running the composting program and assisting with maintenance of the Common Room. The Grade 7 students expand their focus to work within the neighborhood, and past projects have included working with Project Sunshine and Treats for Troops. Grade 8 students work on a larger scale, visiting various food pantries throughout New York City, including The Bowery Mission. All Middle School students participate in an annual Service Day and Trevor also offers a transformative Service Trip to the Navajo Nation in Arizona for Grade 8 students.
In Upper School, Service Learning begins immediately with a Service Day in September. Students volunteer at various locations throughout the city, giving them a chance to explore and learn what services non-profits offer throughout the city. All Upper School students are also required to independently complete 20 hours of service each year.
Trevor’s Upper School has a Service Learning Committee composed of students in Grades 9 through 12. These students help organize service days, send out newsletters, and organize various monthly events. This committee provides a forum for meaningful discourse and drives meaningful service opportunities. In all of their service pursuits, Trevor students are supported by a Director of Service Learning.