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          Community Service

          St. Mark’s develops the habit of community involvement to awaken concern for those coping with hardship and to instill a lifelong commitment to service and advocacy. A meaningful program of mandatory community service will raise social awareness, develop the ability to communicate respectfully with all individuals, and teach sound leadership values and skills.

          St. Mark’s distinguishes between community service and charity by emphasizing the educational, person-to-person nature of community service. Such service enables our students to play a beneficial role in the Dallas community, as well as in agencies serving special needs within the city. Students acquire knowledge and deepen understanding of their community through presentation of experts, direct observation, and personal experience.

          Upper School students are required to complete 15 hours of service per year. A minimum of 10 hours is required for the first part of the year. The remaining five hours are required at the end of the second period. Middle School students will participate in a class project in the spring or the fall. Since the goal of the program is to foster empathy, develop an appreciation for a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, and to encourage students to step out of their traditional daily interactions, students will not receive community service credit hours for service at a private camp, church, synagogue, mosque, music/dance school, etc. unless they are directly involved in outreach through their organization.

          More Info

          List of 7 items.

          • Community Service Board 2019–2020

            Co-Chairs
            Toby Nwafor and Christopher Wang

            Chief Operations Office
            Jack Trahan

            Media Manager
            Tianming Xie

            Vice-Chair
            Benny Wang

            Seniors
            Sam Ahmed
            Arjun Nair
            Toby Nwafor
            Devan Patel
            Kathan Ramnath
            Matthew Raroque
            Charlie Rubarth
            Jack Trahan
            Rahul Vashi
            Christopher Wang
            Tianming Xie

            Juniors
            Michael Anderson
            Gabe Bines
            Will Chance
            Jack Davis
            Owen Goldberg
            Knobel Hunt
            Collin Katz
            Jamie Mahowald
            Rishi Mohan
            Tamal Pilla
            Sai Thirunagari
            Sivakrishna Uppalapati
            Benny Wang

            Sophomores
            Sahil Dodda
            Niles Harvey
            Zack Lightfoot
            Ashvin Nair
            Bryce Nivet
            Matthew Shen
            Ekansh Tambe
            Jonathan Yin

            Freshmen

            Aadi Khasgiwala
            Will Grable

            Middle School Co-Chairs
            Jimmy Francis
            Aditya Shivaswamy
          • General Guidelines

            • We encourage students to wear St. Mark’s apparel.
            • Remember that you represent St. Mark’s when you are out in the community. Be an active participant and remember your actions are a direct reflection on our School.
            • The Community Service Director and/or an Assistant will attend all major functions along with various faculty members from both schools. There will be some activities that will not be chaperoned by faculty but will be monitored through the agencies with whom the service is completed.
            • Academic responsibilities always come first and should not be postponed in order to comply with students’ service hours.
            • Enjoy what you are doing, and others will enjoy having you help. Remember that the benefit runs both ways: others will benefit from your help and you will benefit from your engagement by building on your leadership, communication, and decision-making skills. This will help you develop socially and academically by being able to integrate your learning experiences with practical knowledge.
          • Hours Due 2019–2020

            Service requirements to be fulfilled between September 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020.


            2019–2020 Due Dates

            January 22
            10 hours minimum due

            April 6
            5 remaining hours due

            May 1
            Hours due for Seniors and President’s Service Award

            May 31
            Final day to enter hours for the current school year
          • Important Dates

            Drives
            Clothing Drive
            September 19–20 

            Food Drive
            October 7–21 

            Candy Drive
            November 4–8

            Gift Drive
            December 2–18

            Blood Drive
            February 19

            Spring Basket Drive
            March 23–April 6 


            Austin Street Dinners
            October 10, 2019
            December 12, 2019
            February 13, 2020
            April 9, 2020
            June 4, 2020 (Alumni)

            Middle School Grade Level Projects 
            5th Grade: October 24, 2019 - Dallas Animal Services
            6th Grade: November 1, 2019 - TBD
            7th Grade: March 7 - North Texas Food Bank
            8th Grade: April 4, 2020 - Bonton Farms
          • Community Partners

            Austin Street Bingo (Wednesday)
            Austin Street Dinners (4 times/year)
            #BeGolden
            Best Buddies
            Bridge Lacrosse Dallas
            Chess for Humanity
            Feast of Sharing (Junior Class)
            For the Love of the Lake (Saturday)
            Genesis Shelter (Thursday)
            Genesis Thrift Shop
            Gooch Elementary Tutoring (Saturday)
            Habitat for Humanity (January – March )
            Hope Supply Co.
            Kid-Netic Games
            Live Beyond (Haiti)
            Martin Luther King Community Center
            Music Healing
            North Dallas Shared Ministries
            North Texas Food Bank
            Rays of Light (Friday)
            SPCA of Dallas
            Special Olympics
            St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store (Saturday)
            Texas Basset Hound Rescue
            Texas Tree Foundation
            The Jubilee Center (Saturday)
            The Salvation Army:
                Angel Tree
                Carr P. Collins Social Center (Saturday)
                Cedar Crest Corp Community Center (December)
            West Dallas Community Center
            Foster Kids Charity of Dallas (Freshman Class)
          • Requirements

            • Grades 5–8: Participation in projects organized by the Middle School Community Service coordinators. 
            • Grades 9–12: Fifteen hours of service per year.
            • The year is divided in two periods. A minimum of 10 hours is due by January 22, 2019. The remaining five hours are due by April 8, 2019. 
            • Students are reminded that community service is external to the School. Therefore, most service opportunities will occur after school hours or on weekends.
            • Because the goal of this program is to open up new horizons, students may not receive community service credit for volunteering at St. Mark’s, a private camp, church, mosque, synagogue, temple, music/dance/riding school, sports clinics, etc. unless they are involved in service outreach through that organization (reaching those outside the organization membership and into the community such as the Brendan Court Program carried out at School after hours and during the summer).
            • Eagle Scout projects may be used to claim service hours, but only the portion involving direct work with the beneficiaries of the project count. Planning, traveling hours, etc. do not count. Boys may recruit friends and classmates. 
            • Professional internship hours do not qualify as service hours, unless you are reaching out to a specific community.
            • St. Mark’s is a certifying organization for the National President’s Service Award. The School orders awards for the students who qualify at the end of each school year. All hours count toward the award, including summer hours. Awards are given based on age category as determined by the organization. May 1 is the last day to submit hours for the Service Award.
            • Some projects and events are shared with The Hockaday School. Both directors take turns to transport and chaperone shared projects and events.
          • x2Vol

            //www.x2vol.com/index.html

            Click here for the x2VOL Registration PowerPoint (Grade 9)
            Click here for the x2VOL Registration PowerPoint (Grades 10, 11, 12)

            Accountability – All hours are submitted through www.x2vol.com. Students may sign up for projects offered by the Community Service program, or they may enter their own project. Although it is not a requirement, it is a good idea to submit projects to the Director of the program for approval, prior to doing a personal project to ensure qualification. Students must keep a record of the Community Service projects they attend on their own. Getting hours approved involves these major steps:

            • Entering the number of hours (the actual service hours at the event plus one hour for transportation). 
            • Assigning those hours to the 10-hour goal in January or 5-hour goal in April. 
            • Including an email from the agency that will be used to verify the hours served. 
            • Checking the “Honor Principle” box. 
            • Hours must be entered online and paper forms can be uploaded.

          Community Service Brochure (2019–2020)

          Meet the Team

          List of 4 members.

          • Photo of Jorge Correa

            Jorge Correa 

            Spanish Teacher, Community Service Director
            (214) 346-8220
            University of Chile - B.A.
          • Photo of Isabel Cisneros

            Isabel Cisneros 

            Spanish Teacher and Assistant Director of Community Service
            (214) 346-8309
            Baylor University - B.A.
            Middlebury College - M.A.
          • Photo of Christina Jarke

            Christina  Jarke 

            Director of the St. Mark's Fund
            (214) 346-8273
            Texas Tech University - B.S.
            University of North Texas - M.Ed.
            Bio
          • Photo of Kurt Tholking

            Kurt  Tholking 

            Computer Science; MS Basketball; MS Lacrosse
            214-346-8194
            Miami University - B.S.
            Bio

          St. Mark’s School of Texas

          10600 Preston Road
          Dallas, Texas 75230

          214-346-8000

          About Us

          St. Mark’s School of Texas is a private, nonsectarian college-preparatory boys’ day school for students in grades 1 through 12, located in Dallas, Texas. St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world.

          St. Mark’s does not discriminate in the administration of its admission and education policies on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

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