The goals of the Environmental Club at Trinity High School are to recycle as much school classroom waste as possible and to beautify the exterior environment. Every classroom has at least one recycling bin which is collected every week by club members. The cafeteria has bins available for cans and plastic water bottles. The club helps students be aware of the environmental impact of their decisions such as using disposable water bottles instead of reusable ones and turning the water off when brushing your teeth. The members planted local grass plants against the auditorium wall. The plants are well suited to the garden as they are local and withstand the heat and sun. These activities are fun, rewarding, and keep students aware of and active in their local and global environment.
SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
The purpose of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) is to encourage young people to adopt a substance free life style. SADD educates students on the importance of not drinking, using drugs and maintaining traffic safety. When a student joins SADD, both the student and their parent or guardian must sign a contract. By signing the contract both parties agree that they will do what is needed to ensure the safety of others involved in alcohol related incidents.
SADD’s activities include “Red Ribbon Week”, which is the week before Homecoming. During this week, students are reminded about the dangers of drinking and driving. The main event of the week is “mime day”. On this day, the members of SADD are to be dressed in black and are supposed to have been killed in an alcohol related accident. The members are not allowed to talk with anyone and are supposed to experience, and help those around them experience, how life would be without them. SADD’s highlight of the year is the SADD assembly during prom week. The entire school is gathered in the auditorium and is educated about the effects of drinking and drug use.
SADD is a very important organization at Trinity and helps to ensure the safety of our students and others.
Youth Ending Hunger
Youth Ending Hunger is a club consisting of students who would like to make a difference in the lives of people less fortunate. The club meets periodically to discuss how to help with certain projects and how to plan for upcoming events. There are two main projects that are associated with the club. The first occurs in mid-November and is the Thanksgiving Food Drive. Students, faculty, and staff donate non-perishable food items for Marillac House, which fosters and supports the development of children. Club members, officers, and the club moderator then collect and present the food to a representative from Marillac House. The second project is the sponsoring of a child from Children International. The club holds special events such as bake sales in order to raise money to support this. Currently, the club is sponsoring a young girl named Maria from Ecuador (pictured). Youth Ending Hunger hopes that in the future they can sponsor another child and help them live a better life. By joining this club you can make a difference in the world’s hunger.
On Thursday, January 20th, Trinity students will be helping the local homeless community by filling care packages. The packages will be handed out to these individuals the following week during the Suburban Cook County Homeless Coalition count. The Youth Ending Hunger Club is also collecting gloves, hats, and scarves to provide some extra warmth this winter season.
MICAH 6:8 – (Formerly Unity/COR)
Act Justly, Love Tenderly, Walk Humbly
Micah 6:8 is an organization of students dedicated to social justice. Founded by Eilis Fagan (’09), an alumna of the Peacebuilders Initiative, the Micah group has focused its energy on projects divided into the following categories:
- the genocide in Darfur
- DASH – Domestic Abuse Stops Here
- WISER – Women in Search of Educational Reform
- UMI – Understanding Mental Illness
Each year, Micah raises awareness within the Trinity community and provides opportunities for response and service. The members of Micah work hard to understand each issue, consult with specialists on the topics, and create engaging ways to educate their peers. From service to fundraising to participating in peaceful protests, the Micah club is a strong voice for social justice. More than awareness, Micah members understand their responsibility to work for justice and see their role in making a difference.
Moderator: Mrs. Tara Suchland, Campus Minister