The Residential Life Office is developing three partnerships in the community in order to be able to offer residents service opportunities. One project, working with the homeless at Haven for Hope is still tentative. Student staff in the residence halls will help coordinate these opportunities.
The first project is mentoring elementary school students at Lamar Elementary School. Student volunteers will be asked to commit to once every other week to meet with the assigned young student over lunch during the school day. This is a great opportunity for anyone who likes kids.
The Mark Twain project has been revived after going dormant for the past couple of years. That middle school has a very specific need to have math tutors. The plan is to pair Trinity students with eighth graders for the year to help them pass the TAKS tests. The rates were extremely low this past year and they need our help. For volunteers, only basic math knowledge is required (ninth grade level).
The Residential Life staff is committed to these projects to help Trinity students see the kind of deep needs that exist for the under-privileged and to put that knowledge into action. The schools are within a mile of Trinity. Look for more details in August. TUVAC and CCI will continue to offer important and meaningful community service opportunities. The Residential Life staff has an aggressive goal to ensure that every student who needs mentoring and tutoring will be paired with a Trinity student.