Middle School Community Involvement
Caring beyond self: A core value in the Kingswood Oxford School community, caring beyond self is taught through required and voluntary activities. Students at the Middle School become familiar with the Greater Hartford community and develop a desire to serve that community as well as respond to national and international concerns.
Community service program: Students participate in programs sponsored by the School during their lunch periods. They play bingo and visit with senior citizens, read to elementary school students, serve food at a soup kitchen, decorate placemats for the children’s hospital, make blankets for dialysis patients and organize an annual food drive for Thanksgiving.
SEARCH: Self-Education and Responsibility as Citizens of Hartford is a required course in Form 1. Through field trips, students learn about history, hidden gems and community initiatives in Hartford. The course culminates in a student-designed project to benefit the Greater Hartford community.
Tanzanian pen pals: Upper Prep students write newsletters to pen pals in Tanzania through Asante Sana for Education, a nonprofit organization founded by a KO parent. Tanzanian high school students use the newsletters in English lessons they conduct with local elementary students. KO faculty members and Upper School students have had the opportunity to travel to Tanzania to aid those students in their work.
Community service initiatives by individuals: KO’s culture of caring for others manifests itself in individual initiatives. Recent projects have included bake sales to benefit flood victims in Vermont and the Humane Society, care packages and letters for U.S. troops overseas, and hot chocolate sales to aid cancer research.