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 Karen Raidt, Director of the King Cares Service Program & Student Services, 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.
A group of soccer players from Colombia spent the week at King enjoying activities with host families, participating in soccer practice with the Varsity Vikings, attending Homecoming, and running in the King Cares 5K.
Grade 6 students worked all year in Cooking Classes preparing for this event, which featured celebrity chef Jet Tila, in Cutthroat Kitchen fashion. The Cooking Competition was a great opportunity for students to develop teamwork, collaboration, and performance under pressure all while in a fun, supportive environment.
Saturday, April 14 was the perfect spring day for our service day. Over 150 members of the King Community converged in the Lower School gym to celebrate the third annual King Cares Family Service Day.
Earlier this month, Grade 7 students went to Building One Community (B1C) in Stamford to teach adults the English translation for members of a family. Once there, King students were paired with ESL students and worked on language skills using different methods explored in their Mandarin, Spanish, or French classes at King. The young students explained the translation of English word for members in a family tree.
In February, a group of US students traveled to New Orleans for a service trip and the outreach continues over March break with our Varsity Boys Soccer Team traveling to Colombia to work with the Orphaned Starfish Foundation. King's commitment to service affirms the belief that all students can learn and become responsible, productive citizens, locally and globally.
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