The Triangle Day School service program is multifaceted and focuses on helping students examine social justice issues critically and determine ways they can positively impact the world around them. All grades take on independent service projects.
In the younger grades, teachers actively discuss community, civic responsibility, and various social justice issues, including hunger. Texts, such as Maddi’s Kitchen by Lois Brandt, help kids understand the complex topics. The social studies curriculum augments many of the discussions regarding citizenship, rights and responsibilities and an individual’s role in the community.
The entire school comes together to participate in a food packaging event for Rise Against Hunger, an organization that provides meals to food insecure communities worldwide. The entire school packages over 10,000 meals in an hour and a half. In order to raise the money for the food packaging event Student Council sponsored a Penny Wars Competition and hosted a carnival for the lower school students. Lower School students paid a quarter to play a “Minute to Win It” style game.
The students then deepen and expand on their knowledge through hands-on experiences. Several lower school classes have visited the Senior CommUnity Center in Durham. TDS students have made new friends at the senior center by engaging the elderly in arts and crafts activities, book readings and performances.
Individual teachers and classes continue to have smaller service projects that speak to their heart’s mission in life. For example, the kindergarten and 3rd grade classes work together to have a fall and spring lemonade stand for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, the 1st grade continuously collects bottle tabs for the Ronald McDonald house and the TK are recycling experts.
If you have further inquiries about service at TDS, please contact the Triangle Day School office.