At Renbrook School, eighth-graders traditionally serve as leaders of the student body, running Morning Meeting, serving in senior positions on the student council, acting as team captains, playing major roles in the school musical, and more. Students can participate in the Trustee Scholar Project as one of their leadership roles.
The Trustee Scholar Project is a student-initiated service-learning project designed to fulfill an identified need in the community while fostering personal growth and leadership for the Scholar. Trustee Scholar candidates work on their projects throughout the year and must maintain high academic and effort grades to earn their medals.
Students research their projects over the summer and make contact with organizations and mentors prior to the start of school. Students must log fifteen hours of work and keep a journal describing their experiences. Students with a desire to achieve this coveted and most meritorious distinction submit a proposal to the Board of Trustees. Once the project is completed, students give a final presentation about what they learned from the project both to the Board of Trustees and to the Upper School.
We continue featuring some of our Trustee Scholars here on our news channel. Today we feature Kurt Burkhardt who volunteered for West Hartford Food Bank, learning about food insecurity
and its impact on families especially during the pandemic. Kurt raised funds through a successful neighborhood letter campaign and made a difference for many families..