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:
    Gopal Raman and Sam Clayman

    Board Manager:
    Eddie Yang

    Secretary:
    Kabeer Singh

    Projects:
    Thomas Zhang and Will Wood*
    Landon Wood
    Kobe Roseman
    Davis Yoo
    Devan Patel

    Drives:
    Todd Murphy and Rohil Rai*
    Ben Hurst
    Carson Crocker
    Sahit Dendekuri
    Sam Ahmed

    Public Relations:
    Whit Payne*
    Killian Green
    Toussaint Pegues
    Niteesh Vemuri
    James Hancock

    X2vol:
    Rohin Maganti*
    Jesse Zhong
    Samir Ratakonda

    Media:
    Gordon Gunn*
    Nick Malvezzi
    Charlie Rubarth
    Michael Wang

    Calendar:
    Alan Jiang*
    Rahul Maganti
    James Rogers

    Materials:
    Rob Crow*
    Jack Katz

    *Heads of committees
    **Shared with Hockaday
     
  • Hours Due 2016–2017

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

    1st Trimester
    October 24

    2nd Trimester
    February 6

    3rd Trimester
    May 1 (Seniors only)
    May 8 (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. 12-23)
    Food Drive (Oct. 3-17)
    Candy Drive (Nov. 1-4)
    Gift Drive (Nov. 28–Dec. 14)
    Blood drive (Feb. 22)
    Spring Basket Drive
    (March 27–April 10)

    Austin Street Dinners
    October 13, 2016
    December 8, 2016
    February 9, 2017
    April 13, 2017
    June 8, 2017 (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 
    Special Olympics
    North Texas Food Bank
    Little Free Libraries
    Kid-Netic Games
    Rays of Light 
    Habitat for Humanity 
    Martin Luther King Comm. Center   
    Music Healing    
    Best Buddies  
    North Dallas Shared Ministries 
    Hope Supply Co.
    Centers for Domestic Violence: 
    Genesis Outreach  
    Genesis Shelter  
    The Jubilee Center 
    Chess for Humanity 

    Middle School Grade Level Projects 
    Working with Animals: 
    SPCA of Dallas  
    Texas Basset Hound Rescue
    Environmental Projects:  
    Texas Tree Foundation 
    For The Love of the Lake 
    The Salvation Army:  
    Angel Tree
    Carr P. Collins Social Center 
    Cedar Crest Corp Community Center

    Drives
    Clothing Drive 
    Food Drive 
    Candy Drive
    Gift Drive
    Coat Drive
    Blood Drive 
    Spring Basket Drive 

    Other Opportunities: 
    Feast of Sharing
    Austin Street Dinners 
    Bridge Lacrosse Dallas
    Austin Street Bingo
    TACT – TeenAge Communication Theatre
    St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store 
    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.
    • Projects and events are shared with The Hockaday School. Both directors take turns to transport and chaperone these events.

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  • Jorge Correa 

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

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St. Mark's School of Texas

10600 Preston Road
Dallas, TX 75230
214-346-8000

About Us

St. Mark’s School of Texas is a private, non-sectarian 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.