The cold, rainy weather, didn't deter over 200 members of the King Community as they converged in the Lower School gym on Saturday, April 1, to celebrate the second annual King Cares Family Service Day. The event kicked off with breakfast, music, face painting, and service opportunities with the Youth Uplift Challenge, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Bone Marrow Drive as well as a beach towel collection for Person to Person. Jenna Temple, Director of King Cares Service, welcomed attendees by highlighting service projects from the 2016-2017 school year that benefitted local, national, and international partner organizations.
Attendees then heard from the Upper, Middle and Lower School King Cares Service Committee Coordinators along with students from each division, showcasing the various service projects held throughout the year. Cathy Mishkin, US Service Learning Coordinator, reflected on King's commitment to service by stating "service is not a requirement here at King School, but rather an ingrained part of our community and our curriculum."
The opening remarks concluded with a brief concert from Project Music, led by Garrett Mendez, an intensive after-school music education program for students living in the city of Stamford. Following the concert, attendees dispersed to different locations both on and off campus to complete their designated service activity. Projects ranged from creating STEM kits to send to kids in New Orleans and an orphanage supported by the Orphaned Starfish Foundation, to preparing bagged lunches for people in need, to participating in a Stamford beach clean-up, and more.
Saturday's event benefitted 11 of King's partner organizations including:
"My hope is that Saturday's event ignites a passion for service for both veteran volunteers and those who are volunteering for the very first time" said Temple. To learn more about the King Cares Service program, visit our website page.
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