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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

The King Cares Service Learning program is incorporated throughout the entire school community of students, teachers, staff, and families. Often working in partnership with community organizations, the programming occurs in several iterations in and out of the classroom, depending on the project. Initiatives, which are infused into the students’ school days, are sometimes school wide and at other times led by a class, grade, advisory, division, club, or department. 

King Cares also offers opportunities for students to participate in activities after school on and off campus in all divisions and be part of youth committees with partner organizations. The program also facilitates travel opportunities in collaboration with the Global Education program, Athletics, and Performing Arts. Ultimately, if a student wants to make community engagement an ongoing part of their King objectives, this program makes it possible. 

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 Cares Family Day of Service Sees Record Support for Community Partnerships

This year’s King Cares Family Service Day, held on Sunday, April 28, saw a record turnout with over 300 students, faculty, staff, families, and members of more than 15 partner organizations descending upon the campus, making this year's event the biggest one yet. The annual event highlighted King School's commitment to service and community partnerships, showcasing a collective dedication to making a positive impact locally and beyond. 

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Making a Difference Through Cookies and Happiness

Since 2021, King students have gathered for Give Back Tuesdays to work with community partners on various King Cares Projects. The students select an area of interest and volunteer to help the King community with its philanthropic endeavors. This week was particularly special as students gathered to work with a company formed by four King siblings to package cookies for The Villa at Stamford, a rehabilitation center and King partner organization.

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Celebrating Gratitude and Building Community

For over a decade, King School's commitment to community service during the Thanksgiving season has reflected its dedication to fostering a sense of social responsibility among its students and maintaining meaningful community partnerships. This year, the school collected 4,227 pounds of food for the Person-to-Person Food Drive and assembled 40 Thanksgiving baskets for Building One Community’s Thanksgiving Basket Drive. Both initiatives are planned, organized, and supported with the help of the entire school community.

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King of Spring Celebrates Community

Last week’s King of Spring celebration culminated with a weekend that drew the community out in droves bringing Athletics, King Cares, and Performing Arts together to celebrate the school’s spirit. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and families cheered on sports teams Saturday, April 22. They returned the following day to volunteer at King’s Family Day of Service and jam to live music at the King Music Festival in support of Project Music.

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Partnering in Service

King School’s Grade 7 students fanned out across Stamford and into Darien Wednesday, February 8, visiting five King Cares community partner locations for a day of service learning. The trips emphasized the importance of community engagement and offered students a chance to identify an area or organization of interest. The excursions served as a foundation for continued work as students grow through the Middle School and Upper School.

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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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