Faith & Service

Servant Leadership

The challenge to “inspire servant leadership” is integral to the mission of Trinity School. Servant leadership initiatives at Trinity can be viewed as an extension of the lessons learned in Chapel into the real world and are essential in developing the whole person and building character.

Lower School and Middle School

The School uses BIGG (Big Ideas for the Greater Good) as the acronym for servant leadership initiatives in Lower School and Middle School. Taking inspiration from Chris Rosati, an ALS patient who decided to use the remainder of his time on earth to inspire children to find joy in making a difference in the lives of other people, in their community, and in the world at large, BIGG represents a theme-based rallying cry for service.

In 2019, the School partnered with Amy Bell Charities in their Bell Family Blue Bag “Pay It Forward” initiative to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate throughout the world. Each class from Kindergarten to Grade 8 completed a unique philanthropic project, born and designed by the students themselves. Projects included:
  • Kindergarten Fun Run to benefit Casa de Amigos
  • Grade 1 Little Library to benefit Bynum School, Hillcrest School, and Rays of Hope
  • Grade 2 Bake Sale to benefit a local nursing home, Manor Park
  • Grade 3 Sunglass Sale to benefit The Life Center
  • Grade 4 Cupcake & Chore Challenges to benefit Church Under the Bridge and MASA
  • Grade 5 Garage Sale to benefit the Salvation Army
  • Grade 6 Bracelet/Dress-Down Sale to benefit the children’s wing of Midland’s local hospital
  • Grade 7 Car Wash to benefit Mission Agape
  • Grade 8 Bicycle Raffle Sale to benefit the Crisis Intervention unit
The impact of servant leadership at Trinity School has spread beyond our local community. After being part of BIGG at Trinity, Vyom J., previous Lower School student, was moved to “spread the idea of paying it forward.” After relocating to Houston, he continued to be a BIGG Ambassador and grow his leadership skills and passion for service in his new home.

Upper School

Upper School students have a graduation requirement of 90 hours of documented community service. All 9th and 10th grade students are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours annually, while 11th and 12th grade students must complete a minimum of twenty-five (25) hours each year. Service hours must be earned through work with approved non-profit organizations. Examples include Meals on Wheels, the West Texas Food Bank, and the Lone Star Sanctuary Animal Shelter among others. Students may earn their hours helping the approved non-profit of their choice or sometimes advisory groups or clubs might volunteer together for a project.

In addition to community service, Upper School juniors and seniors may choose an elective class called Students in Philanthropy. The purpose of the program is to provide students the opportunity to improve the quality of life in their communities. Participants learn about the importance of philanthropy and the role of nonprofit organizations in the community. Students not only make needed contributions to nonprofit organizations, but also gain leadership and stewardship training through a structured program designed to educate, support, and promote philanthropic leadership in the community.