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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 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. 

Among the many notable highlights was the inclusion of three new organizations for service projects — Jewish Family Services, Filling in the Blanks, and the Baking Happiness Co. Volunteers dedicated their time and efforts to support new and returning organizations spanning food shelters, hospitals, animal rescues, youth services, elderly care, immigrant assistance, and more.

Director of King Cares Service Karen Raidt applauded the students' year-round commitment to service.

“They share with such enjoyment and passion the involvement they have with organizations over the school year and the impact that has made on them,” she said. “The projects with the new organizations this year, as well as some new additions to others, were completely student-initiated and developed from the experiences the students have had with the organizations.”

In the day's opening remarks, King Cares student leaders recognized the importance of service and its impact on them. 

“Participating in these King Cares events and activities has helped me become a more engaged member of the King community and improve my leadership skills because of all the experience I have at King to take initiative,” said Matt Rivera ’25. “Mrs. Raidt and the faculty do a lot of work to make sure King Cares Family Day of Service and its activities provide an opportunity for us all to grow closer as a community.”

“It's been so powerful to connect with people of all backgrounds and learn from their resilience and determination in times of hardship,” added Katie Ruhe ’25. “From King Cares, I've grown my leadership and communication skills, which will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

Margarita Zimmerman, Volunteer Director at Building One Community (B1C), shared her reflections on the enduring partnership between B1C and King School. Zimmerman expressed immense gratitude for King's unwavering support, from individual volunteering to participation in key events and fundraisers. She emphasized the genuine care and thoughtfulness demonstrated by the King community, fostering a sense of warmth and collaboration that enriches their partnership.

“It is always a joy and honor to participate in an event such as King Cares Family Day,” she said. “It is heartwarming to see so many members of the King community come together to support B1C and other area organizations.”

Rick Nixon P’15, ’15, the Person to Person Stamford Site Manager and Mobile Food Pantry Manager, underlined the King service program’s impact on the organization.

“King and Karen’s dedication to community service programs is amazing,” he said. “King’s food drives are the highest yielding of any of our school food drives and we are sincerely grateful to the school and all the parents who make this possible.”

The Day of Service closed with a Music Fest in the upper school courtyard. Project Music musicians performed as the King community enjoyed pizza, games, balloon animals, and pet adoption.

A special thank you to everyone who participated in making the day a success, along with our partner organizations.

Animal Nation Inc.
Baking Happiness Co.
Building One Community
Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County
Civita Care Center at Long Ridge
Humane Society of the United States, The
Kids in Crisis