The King Cares program continues to participate in an array of wonderful service work throughout the greater community. During the month of December, several Upper School advisories collaborated to support King's partner organizations. For instance, students collected items for Pacific House, a men's shelter in Stamford, others conducted a children's coat drive to support a shelter in Danbury. Another group prepared a meal with Flik to serve at Inspirica, an organization working to break the cycle of homelessness.
Upper School students continue to provide weekly tutoring at Stamford PEACE, while Middle School students continued serving as buddies to Lower School students. The King Community Music School had two December meetings with Project Music to focus on finishing their original arrangement of the song "Get It How You Live." Project Music will perform this piece at the Stamford Government Center on Wed, Dec. 19 and King students will join them for the performance.
Vikings Hockey hosted their annual Teddy Bear Toss benefiting Person-to-Person. The season of giving continued with members of the Boys and Girls Lacrosse teams packing up holiday gift bags to be presented to the outstanding student-athletes at Harlem Lacrosse. Students in the Lower School went to Long Ridge Post-Acute Care Center to celebrate the holiday season with the residents there, and the Upper School pediatric club worked during club periods to make holiday cards for children who are in Stamford Hospital during this holiday season.
Earlier this month, the Parents' Association conducted their all-school Midnight Run Drive. There was an outpouring of generous donations in preparation for the Run on January 25. Thank you to all of our families for the contributions.
"The multitude of service hours put in this month reflects how students are using their interests and skills in and out of the classroom to take the initiative to do service work and ongoing collaboration with local organizations," said Karen Raidt, Director of King Cares Service Program adding that, "students are continually learning and growing from those experiences and making a difference in the lives of others."
We will close out 2018 with Staffulty preparing and serving dinner on December 31 at Inspirica. Many thanks to all the students, Staffulty, and families for their ongoing commitment to and passion for helping others within the King community and beyond.