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TLC gives back this holiday season

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Photo courtesy of Mrs. Giorgi
At the Multiplying Good competition last year for doing good, Trinity received the Gold Jefferson Award. Above is the TLC Student Leaders of the 2022-2023 school year, from left, Bella Muraco, Emily Wickham, Tommy Wickham, Braedon Helmkamp, Maria Giorgi, Addison Paul and Cadi Wright.

TLC stands for tender love and care, but at Trinity, it also stands for the Trinity Leadership Committee.

The name originated in 2013 when Mrs. Berty and a senior at the time, Sami Golaski, got together to choose a name after wrestling with different options for some time. The play on words of the name perfectly sums up what the goal of TLC is.

The club provides students with an opportunity to help people and do good within their community. It is entirely focused on students helping other students, which makes the club different from others. TLC is always open to any ways to improve and help the school community.

The Trinity Leadership Committee is under a huge umbrella organization called Multiplying Good. This organization provides guidance on how to help the community while encouraging the students to always look to improve themselves and their projects.

One giving-back task that TLC does is make birthday cards. Every month at their meetings, students sign the cards for the teachers and faculty around the school. The signing of cards may seem like a small task, but the ripple effect of kindness begins, and the club is already seeing a positive impact on the Trinity family.

Another activity that TLC leads is the making of holiday cards for over five different local retirement homes around Washington. Each year, hundreds of cards are donated to the elderly residents of the homes that need a pick-me-up during the holiday season. 

Many of the residents don’t have family members to visit them, so these cards make a huge impact. Many classes at Trinity High School have hopped on the trend, such as Mrs. McCarthy’s and Mr. Swarrow’s classes, which dedicated an entire day to creating these cards to give back during the holidays. Even the eighth grade students in Mrs. Bristor and Mrs. Richey’s history classes created cards after their Veterans Day lesson.

TLC also participates in helping with the collections for Range Resources’ 1000 Turkey Drive. The club participated in a town-wide competition between nearby schools to raise money for families in need this Thanksgiving. 

Their biggest project is the Silent Disco. The Silent Discos involve students in the special education classes and the students in TLC. The students in special education are provided with a pair of headphones that are adjustable to sound and station. The students have the option to choose from three genres of music. This allows the students to have a sensory-friendly experience while getting to hang out with their friends. 

Junior Haylee Roupe who participates in the discos said, “They are always awesome. I love wearing the headphones and listening to country.”

Typically, TLC extends the invitation to another school, such as the middle school or Washington High School, to participate at Trinity High School. The students all bond together through this experience and make long-lasting friendships. 

The next Silent Disco will be held on December 21, 2023 and will be Christmas-themed with holiday activities where the Trinity middle school special education classes will be in attendance.

This year, the goal of TLC is to continue doing good in their community and school. They hope to have a bigger, prom-like Silent Disco with multiple schools at the end of the year.

The facilitators, Mrs. Berty and Mrs. Giorgi are always looking for other clubs and students to get involved. If anyone is interested in making Trinity a better place, students can email them at mberty@trinityhillers.net or jgiorgi@trinityhillers.net.

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