On Monday, April 10, the Kent Place School Community held its annual Perspectives Day, celebrating a meaningful year devoted to the theme of Homes and Homelessness. From the Teens Tackle Homelessness conference KPS hosted in November, to the Global Service Learning Initiatives’ home building projects in March, from our community service work with Bridges to our donations to Covenant House for the MLK Day of Service, Perspectives Day is truly a culmination of a theme that has been present all year, and will continue to be on our minds much beyond this special day on campus. Global, diverse and ethical perspectives on poverty, homes, homelessness and communities were shared throughout the day. This topic is relevant and timely for our students, as rising social leaders in this challenging economic time.
Special Thanks to Nancy Dougherty, a parent/ alumnae/ former board member/ and architect, was instrumental in creating an all-school building project to align with this year’s “Homes and Homelessness” theme. A team from her company, Studio 1200, created an all-school structure that reflects the feelings and actions that allow our students to “feel at home” at Kent Place….
And, the KPS Maintenance Department, led by Mr. Joe Berdetta, Director of Facilities. Joe and his team made Nancy’s vision a reality, creating unique structures that brought these special projects to life.
Also, as a result of the day, more than 600 boxes of oatmeal were delivered to two special foundations near and dear to the KPS community: Bridges (http://www.bridgesoutreach.org/) and Covenant House (http://www.covenanthouse.org/homeless-youth-shelter/new-jersey).
Kudos to the Perspectives Day Planning Committee, especially Director of Diversity Henaz Bhatt, for providing a very special day to a very special school community.