No job is too big or small, community service helps us all
Community life is an important part of the learning experience at Toronto Prep School
Our community service program offers many opportunities for students to use their skills and talents to benefit those in need. In the process, students develop skills such as leadership, time management, organization and other skills that will benefit them at university and beyond.
Community service is also a great way to explore possible career options while gaining practical experience, developing professional-level skills and contacts, and putting into practice information learned in the classroom.
Each year, all Toronto Prep students are encouraged to volunteer their time and service to both the greater community (global service) and the Toronto Prep campus community (Toronto Prep School community service). Middle school students are asked to perform 10 hours of service per year, while upper school students are asked to perform 15 hours per year, on top of the 40 hours needed for graduation.
Here are some examples of community service at TPS:
- Supporting organizations that prepare and serve meals for the needy, or help raise funds for worthy causes
- Organizing a school dance and serving as DJ, acting as a tour guide for campus visitors, or teaching a class in a particular skill
- Mentoring younger students, tutoring at the after-school program, helping to coach or train younger athletes
- Becoming involved in the student council
Toronto Prep School Citizenship Awards
Civic participation is a critical element in the vibrancy and health of our school and the wider community, and students who devote time and energy to these pursuits are worthy of recognition for their efforts. The TPS Citizenship Awards encourage students to continue these endeavours during their school years and beyond.
The awards are intended to honour students who exemplify the qualities of a good citizen. These students are chosen by the faculty using criteria such as being a motivated, caring, achieving and giving individual who is, in the opinion of his or her teachers and peers, a role model for others. Recognition may be for distinguished or continuous voluntary service or a combination of academic achievement, athletic participation and exemplary volunteer work.
Distinguished Voluntary Service Award
The Distinguished Voluntary Service Award recognizes an individual whose volunteer work has had a remarkable, lasting overall impact on the community or the school. The volunteer work may be a one-time voluntary act with lasting results. It may also include a significant contribution that led to an event or decision with permanent results.
TPS Community Service Award
The Community Service Award recognizes an individual who has completed at least 100 hours of volunteer service (60 hours beyond the 40 hours required for graduation) resulting in an identifiable benefit to the school or the community at large.
We use this webpage to publish any updates regarding TPS community involvement initiatives, events, and the necessary forms and information for logging community involvement hours. All forms are also available in hardcopy from the guidance office 5th floor. Students are also encouraged to direct any questions about the initiative to the guidance office.