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 engage with the world. 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 4th and 5th grades 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 Schools Service Learning Program themes are community, citizenship, and stewardship. Sixth graders focus on their building, running the composting program and assisting with maintenance of the Common Room. Seventh graders expand their focus to work within the neighborhood; past projects have included working with Project Sunshine and Treats for Troops. Eighth graders visit various food pantries throughout New York City, including The Bowery Mission. All Middle School students participate in an annual Service Day. Trevor also offers 8th graders a transformative Service Trip to the Navajo Nation in Arizona.
In Upper School, the year begins with a Service Day in September. Students volunteer at various locations throughout the city, giving them a chance to explore and learn what services nonprofits offer throughout the city. Each year, all Upper School students are required to complete a minimum of 20 service hours.
Trevor’s Upper School has a Service Learning Committee composed of 9th- through 12th-grade students. They help organize service days, develop newsletters, and organize 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.