Learning and Caring About Our Local and Global Community
Service learning at Kingsley begins in the classroom with our Peace Education and Cultural Studies programs, in which we learn empathy, tolerance, and respect for others. Building on this foundation, we turn thought into action through a variety of activities in which students at all ages and levels can participate, both within the school (as with our recycling efforts) and especially out in the community.
Matenwa Community Learning Center
The Matenwa Community Learning Center is a school in Haiti, the poorest country in the western Hemisphere. Following a presentation by its co-founders to our Upper Elementary students, the 6th grade class organized a bake sale and raffle to help the school purchase classroom materials. Our students followed up with a community service campaign in the spring to raise awareness of the school and additional funds.
Boston Medical Center
In partnership with Boston Medical Center, Kingsley students undertake a wide-ranging slate of service activities that help them develop an understanding of other people’s life experiences and see themselves as part of a larger community. As part of this initiative, students in kindergarten through 6th grade collect and deliver books to patients, help stock the hospital’s Preventive Food Pantry, assemble backpacks for children going into foster care, collect clothing for patients in need, and tour the facilities.
The Lenox Hotel
Kingsley students learn about the hotel’s green initiatives, which reinforce their classroom studies and eco-conscious practices at school. The Lenox Green Team also serves as a resource to our students during their monthly Charles River investigations.