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 due mid-January. The remaining five hours are due in April. 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 5 items.

  • Community Service Board 2022–2023

    Will Grable, Co-Chair
    Aadi Khasgiwala, Co-Chair
    Svanik Jaikumar, Vice Chair
    Andrew Xuan, Chief Operating Officer

    Seniors
    Adam Alfalahi
    Matthias Canon
    Will Grable
    Salmaan Hussain
    Svanik Jaikumar
    Aadi Khasgiwala
    Andrew Kogan
    Henry Nichols
    John Tagtmeier
    Grant Warnecke

    Juniors
    Ethan Bosita
    Noah Cathey
    Ethan Gao
    Raja Mehendale
    Vivek Patel
    Aditya Shivaswamy
    James Sutherland

    Sophomores
    Maddox Canham
    Jack Frary
    Akul Mittal
    William Morrow
    Arjun Poi
    Andrew Xuan

    Freshmen
    Weston Chance
    Rohan Kakkar
    Ronen Verma
  • 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.
  • Community Partners

    Austin Street Bingo (Wednesday)
    Best Buddies
    Chess for Humanity
    Feast of Sharing (Junior Class)
    For the Love of the Lake (Saturday)
    Genesis Shelter (Thursday)
    Genesis Thrift Shop
    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)
    Restorative Farms
    Special Olympics
    St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store (Saturday)
    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
  • 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 mid-January. The remaining five hours are due by April. 
    • 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

    https://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 (2021-2022)

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 Kurt Tholking

    Kurt  Tholking 

    Computer Science; MS Community Service; MS Basketball & Lacrosse
    214-346-8194
    Miami University - B.S.
  • Photo of Greg Crook

    Greg Crook 

    Thomas S. Adams Master Teaching Chair; MS Humanities; MS Community Service
    214-346-8344
    College of William and Mary - B.A.

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.