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.
In late January, Grade 7 students enjoyed a day of service and activities at Building One Community: The Center for Immigrant Opportunity, Long Ridge Rehabilitation Center, and Trap't Escape Room. Students worked with local communities for a morning of meaningful service and collaborated as a team for afternoon activities.
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.
We had our first snowfall of the season last week but that did not deter our community from arriving on campus Friday morning to fill the the Person-to-Person (P2P) truck with donations of food gathered throughout the week. King volunteers also gathered to support the Building One Community Thanksgiving dinner on Friday night. It was a wonderful week for King Cares!
To round out Homecoming weekend, student-athletes from the fall sports teams welcomed over 125 runners, volunteers, alumni, family members, and friends to the 6th Annual King Cares 5K. The event benefits two non-profit organizations, the Orphaned Starfish Foundation (OSF) and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Stamford and Greenwich.
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.