Kent Place Donates Old School Desks to Foundation for Peace

Kent Place School made a donation of over 100 desks that we no longer use, to the non-profit, Foundation for Peace. These desks will be sent to the Dominican Republic, where they will find a new life and home in a local school. Foundation for Peace is dedicated to working hand in hand with people in materially impoverished communities in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Kenya to provide educational support, healthcare access, economic opportunity and hope. They work together as long-term partners in solidarity to enable personal success and community achievement. They believe this will result in sustainable and successful initiatives that relieve the effects of poverty, encourage personal growth, and overcome injustice. Kent Place is happy to be a part of this global mission.

 

KPS Head of School Sue Bosland with FFP President and founder Ken Culver.

ken culver and sue bosland

The desks are on their way!

desks on their way

 

 

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Middle School Community Service – Making a Global Difference!

Global Blog Post  June, 2014

Middle School Community Service Project – Making a Global Difference!

A KPS Middle School Community Service project will make a significant difference in the life of a fellow Middle School student in Nairobi, Kenya.  Working with an organization called Eliminate Poverty Now (EPN), a non-profit that “invests in education” for adults and children in Africa as a way of eliminating extreme poverty, the Middle School girls have raised and donated $1000 to EPN. This will pay for one year of high school. They hope to raise even more! Through this fundraising effort a young Kenyan woman, who otherwise could not go to high school, will have that opportunity.

KPS’s history with East Africa dates back to 2008 when we made our first trip to Kenya. Since that time we have made multiple service learning trips to Kenya and Tanzania, all of which involved service learning projects in schools. KPS is committed to Global Education. The mission of the Global Program at KPS is to empower young women as leaders who understand, evaluate and take action in response to the challenges and opportunities of an inter-connected world. To accomplish this, we have defined four key components – global curriculum, travel, partnerships, and community service–that will shape the growth of the exciting global initiatives already underway on campus.

EPN shirt group

 

Go Middle School!

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Summer Global Learning Program

School may be winding down in the classrooms but Kent Place’s Global Learning Program is swinging into high gear!

On Monday June 9th,  twelve girls and three chaperones will depart on a global service learning trip to Peru. The girls will stay in the Inca town of Ollantaytambo  (alt + 9000ft) at the start of the Inca Trail,   and work in the Manco Inca Primary School.  The students will  work to construct a kitchen on the school grounds,  build tables and paint a mural. Funds will also be spent on purchasing critical supplies for the school including a multi-­‐functional copier and text books. Students will also spend time visiting classrooms in shifts to teach English and make friends with the local students. Through a variety of fund raising events the girls raised $3000 which will be used to help pay for this service project. The group will conclude their trip with a visit to Machu Picchu.  Follow along with daily updates and photos by subscribing to the Peru Blog found on the Global Learning page of the KPS website.

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2014 Global Trips About to Hit The Road!

Kent Place is pleased to be offering four exciting trips this year.

France, March 6-13

Peru, June 9-19

Iceland, June 12-18

Austria, June 23-30

We encourage you to follow along with the adventures of our student travelers by subscribing to each of the trip blogs.

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Follow KPS’ Spring Break Travels!

If you wish to follow the travels of our student/faculty groups this break, subscribe to the blogs below (or click on the tabs above):
China – Language & Cultural Immersion Tour of Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai!
Partner Organization: WildChina; http://www.wildchina.com/
Tanzania – Global Service Learning @ Faraja School – and Safari!
Partner Organization: World Leadership School (WLS); http://www.worldleadershipschool.com/
Washington DC – 8th Grade “Young Women and Leadership” Trip!
Partner Organization: Global Youth Leadership Institute (GYLI); http://www.gyli.org/
Blogging will begin Friday upon departure.  Safe travels to all trip participants!
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Maasai Warriors Visit KPS’ “Warriors in Training”

Jambo!  This morning, “The Last Maasai Warriors” from Kenya, Wilson Meikuaya and Jackson Ntirkana, visited the KPS Middle and Upper Schools.  On behalf of Free the Children (http://www.freethechildren.com), an international charity organization and global education partner, Wilson and Jackson spoke to students and faculty about Maasai culture – past and present, and shared their personal stories of adaptation, bravery, pride, balance and leadership.

The KPS school community enjoyed learning about Wilson and Jackson’s experiences growing up in rural Kenya (in the region KPS students visited in 2009), the challenges their communities continue to face, the importance of education, and Free The Children’s role in the Maasai Mara and the other countries they work in.  Seeing and learning about the Maasai’s four primary weapons – arrows, spears, rungus (clubs) and machetes – was fun, too!

To learn more about Wilson and Jackson and to view/purchase their autobiography, visit http://shop.metowe.com/products/thelastmaasaiwarriors.

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10×10′s ‘Girl Rising’ Film Teaser

In honor of the International Day of the Girl, I am sharing a 90-second film teaser from “10×10,” a non-profit group and social media campaign that emphasizes their belief that “educating girls in developing nations will change the world.”  In the feature film, Girl Rising, due out in Spring 2013, 10×10 tells the stories of 10 extraordinary girls from 10 countries, written by 10 celebrated writers and narrated by 10 renowned actresses.  This clip was shared with the KPS Middle and Upper School students and faculty this morning.  Enjoy… http://10x10act.org/10×10-the-film/.
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International Day of the Girl – 10/11/12

On Thursday, October 11th, KPS will take part in celebrating the 1st United Nations’ International Day of the Girl, to “help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.”   International Day of the Girl is a movement to speak out about gender bias and advocate for girls’ rights everythere.  Specificically, the collective mission is to:

Shatter Stereotypes – End Injustices – Demand Equality – Change the World

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Congratulations Annie!

KPS Senior Annie McMullan ’13 spent part of her 2012 summer vacation volunteering with Operation Smile in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  On Tuesday, Sept. 25th, Annie spoke to the entire Upper School community, sharing organization and trip information, photos and reflections from her amazing experiences in Africa.  Annie was one of two American students selected to attend this mission.

Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity that “heals children’s smiles, forever changing their lives.”  Since 1982, Operation Smile — through the help of dedicated medical volunteers — has provided more than 3.5 million comprehensive patient evaluations and over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

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2013 KPS Global Trips Announcement

We are pleased to provide the Kent Place School community with a preliminary list of service and departmental trips that we are considering offering during Spring Break 2013.  We will utilize the summer months to collect feedback and plan further before finalizing the list and scheduling a Global Trips Information Meeting in late-September.  The application and enrollment process will begin in October.

Scheduled Trips:

World Languages: China  (Tentative Dates: Fri., March 8 – Mon., March 18)

KPS is partnering with WildChina to offer Chinese-language and non-language learners the opportunity to experience a three-city (Beijing, Xi’an & Shanghai) immersion adventure.  WildChina organizes customized, immersive travel programs led by highly knowledgeable guides backed by a network of expert consultants. Designed to promote discovery, excitement and understanding, these distinctive journeys are ideally suited for students, teachers and academics.  This trip is open to all students in Grades 9-12 in 2012-13, and Chinese-language students only in Grade 8.  Chinese-language students will be granted preference in the admission process. 

Service/International: Tanzania   (Tentative Dates: Fri., March 8 – Mon., March 18)

KPS is partnering with World Leadership School (WLS) to offer a return travel, service and leadership building opportunity in Tanzania, Africa.  The travel team with spend one full work week at our partner school in Sanya Juu, the Faraja Primary School, completing a project that will support Faraja and its students with physical disabilities.  In addition, the travel team will explore the city of Moshi, which sits at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro; discover and experience the Masai culture; and experience a safari tour of the Ngorongoro Crater – in search of the Big Five!  This trip is open to students in Grades 8-12 in 2012-13. 

Middle School/Leadership: Washington, D.C.  (Tentative Dates: Fri., March 8 – Wed., March 13)

KPS administrators and faculty plan to create a customized “Leadership Tour” of our Nation’s Capital.  This 5-day/4-night motor coach tour, designed for MS students, will include visits to monuments, museums and government buildings, guest lectures from stakeholders in various industries, a meeting on “the hill” and individual leadership building workshops.  The trip will accommodate a diverse set of young leaders, especially those who appreciate history, politics and journalism, among others.  This trip is open to students in Grades 7-8 in 2012-13.  Grade 8 students will be granted preference in the admission process. 

Other Possibilities:

Service/Domestic: New Mexico “Exploring the tradition of the Pueblo Indian world view”  (We expect this 6 to 8-day trip would be open to students in Grades 8-12.)

World Languages: French-Language Immersion in France or Canada  (We expect this 6 to 10-day trip would be open to French-language students in Grades 9-12.)

Students may respond to globalservicelearning@kentplace.org to indicate the trip that interests them and why they intend to apply next fall.  No preference will be granted to those who respond this year, however, the responses will be helpful as the planning process moves forward.

Thank you!

 

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