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Celebrating With Community Connections
Boys and Girls Club
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At King School, students infuse service learning into holiday season celebrations. Beginning the Thursday after Thanksgiving and continuing every Thursday into the start of January, middle school students come together for King Cares Give-Back Thursdays. 

Project Music

The program kicked off December 1, as King students met with Project Music students at the King campus. Project Music is a program that empowers Stamford’s youth with fundamental life skills through access to an after-school music program that provides free instruments, music instruction, mentorship, and opportunities to perform. King students also met with their peers at the Boys and Girls Club of Stamford in its Yerwood Center location. 

The initial gatherings served as an opportunity for students to meet and socialize. Finding ways to partner as they connect and learn about each other.

Boys and Girls Club

“During the first session of Project Music, the students got to know each other by playing games and having snacks together,” said Director of King Cares Karen Raidt. “One of the teachers heard one of the students saying, ‘Have you learned to divide yet? Do you want me to show you some strategies?’”

These types of conversations lead to future engagement ideas so that the students are empowered to lead the program. As stewards of the program, they gain an understanding of their skills, explore areas of interest, and build empathy while developing a greater understanding of who they are and their role in the community. This is the heart of the King Cares program.

Project Music

“Through the experiences, the students are connecting with other students, getting to know them, and they are learning from each other too,” said Raidt. “King and Project Music students will make holiday cards this week, and during the activity, they might come up with additional ideas for future collaborations and ways to help others. They could even have the opportunity to lead an activity, using their interests to make a difference.”

Project Music will play during halftime at some of the basketball games, so students have sought more ways to get both King and Project Music students involved during those games. They are working on plans to run a concession stand, with proceeds going to Project Music. Future sessions at the Boys and Girls club will include more activities with a focus on engaging the younger students.