St. Mark’s believes the goal of building leadership skills and character can be achieved by ensuring that community service is central to the mission of the school. The School 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 can raise social awareness, develop the ability to communicate meaningfully and 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. These hours may be all completed during the first trimester or submitted in increments of 5 hours minimum for each trimester. 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 and 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, or mosque, music/dance school, etc. unless they are directly involved in outreach through their organization.

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  • Community Service Board 2016–2017

    Co-Chairs:
    Will Wood and Kabeer Singh

    Seniors:
     
    Kobe Roseman
    Ben Hurst
    Carson Crocker
    Niteesh Vemuri
    Alan Jang
    Jesse Zhong
    Rohan Vemu
     
    Juniors:
     
    Landon Wood
    Samir Ratakonda
    Davis Yoo
    James Rogers
    Jack Katz
    Sahit Dendekuri
    Adnan Kahn
    Will Kozmetsky
     
    Sophomores:
     
    Charlie Rubarth
    Devan Patel
    Sam Ahmed
    Kathan Ramnath
    Henry Stache
    Toby Nwafor
    Tianming Xie
     
    Freshmen:
     
    Jamie Mahowald
    Tamal Pilla
    Benny Wang
    Owen Goldberg
    Rishi Mohan
    Gabe Bines
     
     
  • Hours Due 2017–2018

    A minimum of 5 hours must be entered by these dates:

    1st Trimester
    October 23 

    2nd Trimester
    February 5 

    3rd Trimester
    April 30 (Seniors only)
    May 7 (Gr. 9-11)

    May 1 is the last day to enter hours to qualify for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

    Service requirements to be fulfilled between August 23, 2016 and May 1, 2017.
  • Important Dates

    Drives
    Clothing Drive (Sept. 11-22)
    Food Drive (Oct. 2-16)
    Candy Drive (Nov. 1-3)
    Gift Drive (Nov. 28–Dec. 13)
    Coat Drive (Jan. 8-12)
    Blood Drive (Feb. 21)
    Spring Basket Drive (March 26–April 9)
     
    Austin Street Dinners
    October 12, 2017
    December 6, 2017
    February 8, 2018
    April 30, 2018
    June 7, 2018 (Alumni)
     
  • On-Going Partnerships

    The St. Mark's Community Service program works in tandem with several local community organizations, including:

    ON-GOING PROJECTS:
    Gooch Elementary Tutoring (Sat. am)
    Special Olympics (on campus 4 times a year)
    North Texas Food Bank
    Little Free Libraries
    Kid-Netic Games**
    Rays of Light (Fri. pm)
    Habitat for Humanity (Jan. 6 – March 3)
    Martin Luther King Comm. Center 
    Music Healing
    Best Buddies 
    North Dallas Shared Ministries
    Hope Supply Co.
    Centers for Domestic Violence: 
    Genesis Outreach (Mon. pm)
    Genesis Shelter (Thu. pm) 
    The Jubilee Center (Sat. 10-12)
    Chess for Humanity (Right after school)
     
    MIDDLE SCHOOL GRADE LEVEL PROJECTS:
    5th Grade - TBA
    6th Grade: NTFB 
    7th Grade: April 7th
    8th Grade: April 14th 
    Working with Animals:
    SPCA of Dallas 
    Texas Basset Hound Rescue
    Environmental Projects: 
    Texas Tree Foundation **
    For the Love of the Lake (2nd Sat. 9-12)
    The Salvation Army:
    Angel Tree (Sorting, Distribution)
    Carr P. Collins Social Center (Sat. am)
    Cedar Crest Corp Community Center (Dec.)
     
    DRIVES:
    Clothing Drive (Sept.11-22)
    Food Drive (Oct. 2-16)
    Candy Drive (Nov. 1-8)
    Gift Drive (Nov. 28- Dec. 13)
    Coat Drive (Jan. 8-12)
    Blood drive (Feb. 21)
    Spring Basket Drive (March 26 - April 9)
     
    OTHER OPPORTUNITIES:
    Feast of Sharing (Junior Class – Nov. 9)
    Austin Street Dinners (4 times/year, 6-9pm)
    Bridge Lacrosse Dallas
    Austin Street Bingo (Wed. lunch)
    TACT – TeenAge Communication Theatre
    St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store (Sat.)
    Genesis Thrift Shop
    West Dallas Comm. Center
    Ramp Building
     
  • Requirements

    • Grades 6–8:  Participation in one class project per year. 
    • Grades 9-12: Fifteen hours of service a year.
    • A minimum of 5 hours per trimester is required until all 15 hours are completed. All 15 hours may be completed during the first trimester, but spreading them over the year benefits the student and the community more.
    • 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, the student 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 that has to do with direct work with the beneficiaries of the project count. Planning, traveling hours, etc. do not count. Boys may recruit friends and classmates.
    • St. Mark’s is a certifying organization for the National President’s Service Award, and as such, orders awards for the students who qualify at the end of each school year. All hours count toward the award, including summer hours.
    • Some projects and events are shared with The Hockaday School. Both directors take turns to transport and chaperone shared projects and events.

Spotlight: The Kid-Netic Games

Meet the Team

List of 3 members.

  • Jorge Correa 

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

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

    Humanities Teacher and Middle School Community Service Coordinator
    (214) 346-8311
    St. Lawrence University - B.A.
    University of Texas at Arlington - M. Ed

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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.