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King Cares

The King Cares service program reinforces the school’s belief that community engagement is central to educational excellence.

This program combines service learning with community engagement to help students achieve an understanding of their skills, explore areas of interest, build empathy, and engage with multiple perspectives. Through the process, they discover how they can use their skills and interests to strengthen our community through a partnership among students, families, faculty, staff, and partner organizations. As the students participate, they problem solve and further develop leadership, collaboration, and communication skills, as well as a greater understanding of who they are, our shared humanity, and their role in the community.

King Cares prepare students to positively impact an interconnected society through civic and social engagement.

Examples of Programs

King Cares Partnerships

  • American Red Cross
  • Bennett Cancer Center/Stamford Hospital
  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Bennett Cancer Center/Stamford Hospital
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Building One Community
  • Children of Fallen Patriots
  • The Children’s Learning Centers
  • El Sistema
  • Harlem Lacrosse
  • India Cultural Center
  • Inspirica
  • Jack and Jill of America
  • Kids in Crisis
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Long Ridge Post-Acute Care Center
  • Midnight Run
  • New Covenant House
  • North Rampart Community Center- NOLA
  • Norwalk Grassroots tennis
  • The Orphaned Starfish Foundation
  • Person-to Person
  • Project Music
  • SoundWaters
  • SPCA
  • Stamford Nature Center and Arboretum
  • Stamford PEACE- Beyond Limits Tutoring

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For more information about the King Cares Service Program, please contact Karen Raidt, Director of the King Cares Service Program & Student Services, at kraidt@kingschoolct.org.

King Cares in Action

King School and the American School of Warsaw Partner to Help Ukrainian Children

King School is partnering with the American School of Warsaw to support Ukrainian children who have fled their country due to the Russian invasion and sought refuge in Poland. This week, King is collecting school supplies such as crayons, markers, pencil cases, notebooks, pens, and pencils to send to Ukrainian children who are attending the school in Warsaw. 

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Inaugural King of Spring Events Bloom Into Action

King of Spring was in full bloom on King School’s campus last weekend. The inaugural festivities showcased King’s extracurricular programs – Athletics, King Cares Service Learning, and Performing Arts – during a week of fun-filled activities. 

Leading up to the weekend, each division hosted a different theme each day for Spirit Week to kick off the celebration with a major show of Viking Pride. To name a few, the week featured a tie dye day in the Lower School, Wacky Wednesday in the Middle School, a neon day in the Upper School, and an all school King Spirit day at the end of the week. 

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Service Learning STEM Project Connects Students With Learners Abroad

King School’s sixth grade students revved their engines as they built custom-designed Lego cars for students in Peru and Costa Rica. The design process included competition, as students raced against one another, using balloons to propel the cars forward. After perfecting their designs, the students disassembled the cars, carefully packaged them up, and sent them off to fellow students in Peru and Costa Rica. The collaboration is part of King’s partnership with the Orphaned Starfish Foundation (OSF). 

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Middle School Conducts a Kindness Campaign

Kindness is central at King, so when a few students found a pocket of free time after school, it was recognized as an opportunity, and “Give Back Tuesday'' was born. “We thought of community-based partnerships and a way that would really reach home during the holiday season,” said Ben Magidson, Associate Head of Middle School and Middle School Dean of Student Life. Magidson began working with members of the community to spearhead the initiative.

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King Cares Revitalizes Local Community Garden

It was a chilly February day in 2020 when students from the King Cares B1C Homework Club recognized the potential in the space outside the Building One Community (B1C) center. Maybe some window boxes would brighten the space and improve the view for the B1C community, Covid snarled progress, but the students continued to deliberate, and what started as a discussion about flower pots, grew into a community garden called “Common Ground.”

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