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.
The Athletics Department also hosted a panel of professionals on April 27 to discuss the comprehensive student-athlete health services that King offers. “We want to emphasize the total wellness experience that our student-athletes benefit from here at King. These services are all interconnected with one another to support our athletes both on and off the field,” said Director of Student Athlete Health Services Emma Jonsson.
Wellness is essential for students to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. It is a priority for the school and a pillar of King’s Strategic Plan. The full panel discussion is available to view online.
Adding to the school spirit, King’s varsity athletic teams brought home wins on Saturday, April 30 to kick off King of Spring. The weekend culminated with King Cares Family Service Day and Music Festival on Sunday, May 1.
“What I love most about these events is the connecting and engaging with those in the Stamford community,” said Bryce Heaton ’23 who has been participating in King Cares service learning projects since he joined the Upper School in ninth grade.
Several projects were set up throughout the campus to assist the school’s partner organizations with their respective initiatives. Some of the projects included a car wash to support PreK students with backpacks for the Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County, painting birdhouses and picnic tables to beautify Building One Community’s garden, and preparing grocery bags for a local food drive with Person to Person. Over 15 partner organizations and causes were represented on campus for the day of service.
“Being a part of King Cares has set me up to become who I want to be in the future,” said Catie Baer ’22, - will be studying sociology next year at Penn State University, and hopes to become a social worker one day.
After a fun-filled day of service, the community enjoyed a music festival performed by students from King School and Project Music, an organization that provides free music education, instruments, mentoring, and performance opportunities to Stamford’s youth. The afterschool program is hosted on King’s campus and gives students from the local area an opportunity to connect with one another.
The crowd gathered around to enjoy beautiful weather, music, pizza, and lively activities, closing out the festive King of Spring celebrations as one community.