Kent School is deeply committed to community service, and annually holds several events and efforts provide service to the greater Chestertown and Kent County community.
Fifth Grade students combined Science, Art and community service this fall. In Science, the they studied fresh water movement in Chesapeake Bay Studies. Connecting the lesson in Art, the students created stencils of several different species that live in local waterways. With stencils in hand the students went downtown Chestertown to paint the images around local storm drains. The students used Rainworks paint so the images will only appear when it rains. Pedestrians throughout Chestertown will have a visual understanding that everything going through our storm drains ends up in our waterways and effects the species living there.
Students in Little School, supported by their teachers, recently completed a community service project to benefit the Kent County Humane Society. After spending time teaching and learning about kindness and ways children can be kind outside of home and school, the children decided to collect items for the Humane Society. Members of the entire Kent School community contributed cat food, litter, blankets and towels. The donations were made complete with homemade cat toys that the children made at school.
In November, Kent School hosted the third annual Empty Bowls event to benefit the Kent County Food Pantry. Empty Bowls is an international project to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. The event is open to the public. While admission is free, guests enjoyed a variety of homemade soups and breads with the purchase of a student-made ceramic bowl. All proceeds from the sale of the bowls went to the Kent County Food Pantry. This event is a collaboration between the Art Department and the Student Government Association. Over $2000 was raised for the Kent County Food Pantry at this event.
Kent School annually holds a Food Drive for the Kent County Food Pantry and last February participated in the Chester Gras celebration in support of the Backpack Program. In addition to a sponsoring the event, students engaged in a food drive specifically to fill the needs of the Backpack Program. Students in different grades partnered to collect specific food items like individual soups or cereals, granola bars, fruit cups, pudding cups and drink boxes. Students collected over 500 pounds of food. Once collected and sorted, seventh grade students filled backpack baggies with a breakfast item, a lunch item, snacks and a drink. The filled bags were immediately put to use in one school to fill a particular need.