While campus is certainly quieter over the summer, the learning doesn’t stop at 10600 Preston Road. For a few weeks in June, a small team of Upper Schoolers and recent St. Mark’s graduates return to campus, this time standing on the other side of the desk. They volunteer as teachers for the Brendan Court ’06 Summer Enrichment Program. The Program, which was started in memory of a beloved member of the Class of 2006, invites more than 50 DISD students to St. Mark’s for a tuition-free tutorial program. Marksmen gain classroom experience teaching classes to seventh- and eighth-graders in science, math, English, and social studies.
“I have a whole new respect for teachers, middle school teachers especially, because I’m exhausted when I go home,” said Duncan Kirstein ’19, one of the Program’s teachers. “Whenever there’s a good score on a test, I have pride that I was able to help my students.”
Outside of the classroom, students are taken on various field trips, including Jumpstreet indoor trampoline park, The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and Ripley’s Believe it or Not Wax Museum.
“Over the years, the Brendan Court Program has provided hundreds of DISD students an opportunity to learn the values of a Marksman,” said Jorge Correa, St. Mark’s Director of Community Service. “People from all different backgrounds get to experience what it’s like to have an education on this campus.”