King Cares Service Program
The Mission of the King Cares Service Program is to support the values-based education at King School. This Program reinforces the school’s belief that service to the broader community, both local and international, is central to educational excellence. The King Cares Service Program combines service learning, a curriculum-based teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful service with instruction and reflection, with co-curricular community service. It enriches the learning experience by promoting civic responsibility and strengthening our community through a reciprocal learning partnership among students, families, Faculty, staff, the surrounding community, and the world. The Program focuses on developing existing relationships between King School and the world and champions the development of each individual by offering students the opportunity to help others through service. Our commitment to service affirms the belief that all students can learn and become responsible, productive citizens, locally and globally.
For more information about the King Cares Service Program, please contact Jenna Temple, Director of the King Cares Service Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outside of the classroom Lower School children enjoy opportunities to participate in service opportunities like:
- PROTECT YOUR ENVIRONMENT (PYE) Work and learn in the natural space around King as well as in the Stamford community. Tend to the King garden, learn about local plants and animals, and take field trips to sites that teach about environmental needs, such as Soundwaters, Animal Embassy, and the Nature Center.
- NEW COVENANT SOUP KITCHEN: Students work with the Service Learning faculty and staff to bake cookies in the LS kitchen. They then assist in serving dinner as well as the desserts they created at the New Covenant Soup Kitchen in downtown Stamford.
- WESTOVER & FRANKLIN COMMONS PRESCHOOL: Students read, play, and do art projects with children ages 3-5 years old at the Westover & Franklin Common Preschools in Stamford. We also bring books to read and leave them to add to their classroom library.
Outside of the classroom, Middle School students have the opportunity to participate in ongoing service opportunities after school through our partnership with the Stamford Boys & Girls Club Yerwood Center as well as other community projects around the Stamford community. Students can continue their outreach within the school day by joining the King Cares Club that meets during the Middle School Club period.
In high school, there are numerous student-run clubs and activities that address causes ranging from homelessness and hunger to literacy and the environment.
- HOPE (Helping Other People Excel)
- KSPCA (King's Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
- My Sister's Place
- NOLA (New Orleans, LA)
- Relay For Life
- Rwanda Service Club
Please view the video below which recaps our King Cares 5K, an annual event which benefits local and international organizations.
Juan Vincente was recently honored with two awards for his involvement in our local community through his non-profit organization 'Embracing Art.' In August, he was recognized by Latincolors Magazine and in October he received the Greenwich Art Council Certificate of Excellence Award
The King Cares Service Program hosted two fun events this month - the King Cares 5K and the Pumpkin Challenge. The 5K took place on Sunday, October 22 with over 75 runners/walkers participating and the Pumpkin Challenge saw nearly 175 people gathered for a day of decorating and fall fun.
Augusta and Delaney created the BloodLove team, comprsied of 15 US students, to not only raise money but also to bring attention to blood cancers. They raised $61,000 and were awarded the prestigious honor at a banquet in March.
Over 200 members of the King Community attended the second annual King Cares Family Service Day which benefitted 11 local, national, and international organizations.
Carli was awarded for her work with Neighbors Link Stamford as well as starting an organization called 'Cards for a Cause', an organization that provides the homeless with $10 gift cards from restaurants.
King Parent Regina Gordon, who organized and participated in the Midnight Run, shares her thoughts on this memorable and meaningful evening.