Education

Kent Place Students Redefine Spring Break with Global Service Learning & Leadership Trips

April 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Close to 30 Kent Place Middle and Upper School students chose to spend their Spring Break this March entrenched in meaningful service projects, cultural immersion and leadership learning both domestically and internationally. The trips offered this year were Tanzania, China and Washington, D.C. Kent Place faculty and staff served as chaperones.

Kent Place partnered with the World Leadership School (WLS) and offered a return travel, service and leadership-building opportunity in Tanzania, Africa. The travel team spent a full work week at Kent Place’s partner school in Sanya Juu, the Faraja Primary School, building a storage unit that will now support the school and its students with physical disabilities. In addition to spending time with the students, the Tanzania travel team explored the cities of Moshi and Arusha, which sit at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, experienced a safari tour of the Ngorongoro Crater and participated in the Maasai culture.

Olivia Peterson ’16 and Kathleen Brody ’15 described a particular moment through their trip’s travel blog: “After lunch, we went to a community of women who had their own micro-financing business. Their perspective on leadership and community was very inspiring because they focused on how women, with the support of proper education, are capable of doing anything they set their mind to. After tea, we returned to our house and discussed the characteristics of leaders. Our personality reports, which every one of us filled out, were used to reveal the leader in all of us.”

Sign Up for E-News

Kent Place partnered with WildChina to offer Chinese-language learners and other interested students the opportunity to experience a three-city (Beijing, Xian and Shanghai) immersion adventure. The China travel team visited the Forbidden City, where they designed and flew their own kites, explored the Great Wall of China and the Summer Palace, had a dumpling cooking lesson from a local farmer, practiced tai chi at the Temple of Heaven and saw the Terra Cotta Warriors, among many other exciting outings.

Junior Erin Romano describes one particular day on the trip, “In the market near the Temple of Heaven, I was challenged to use the Mandarin I learned on the trip. Because I am a student who doesn’t take Chinese, I thought they would never understand me. However with some help from my friends, I was able to communicate with the merchants and purchase what we needed.” Erin continues, “We bought a basket there to bring to a local community center, where we made bookmarks and bracelets with people who had learning disabilities.”

Kent Place administrators and faculty created a customized “Leadership Tour” of our Nation’s Capital with Global Youth Leadership Institute (GYLI). The 5-day, 4-night motor coach tour designed specifically for our Middle School students, included visits to monuments, museums and government buildings, guest lectures from Robin Sproul, chief of the ABC News Washington Bureau, ABC news reporter Martha Raddatz and NASA engineer/scientist Ezine Uzo-Okoro, and individual leadership building workshops. The students toured Georgetown University with Kent Place alumna Maggie Skinner ’05 and participated in a workshop at the School for Ethics and Global Leadership. At the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, the Washington travel team worked to reinforce a wall from one out of the five locks from the canal. In addition to meeting Skinner, the Middle Schoolers met a number of other Kent Place alumnae during their trip, who spoke about their career paths and how Kent Place has helped them achieve their goals.

Eighth graders Eva Melendes and Julia Mustaro summarized their favorite moments on their Washington, D.C. blog: “This trip has been amazing! Each day was packed with fun activities and many great opportunities. From listening to the women who worked at the Department of State to doing community service at Great Falls to experiencing the pirate exhibit at the National Geographic location, we have been very busy!” 

To learn in more detail about each trip, please visit: blogs.kentplace.org/global

On issues ranging from the environment to politics to culture, Kent Place students go beyond global awareness to action. The Global Service Learning Initiative is an opportunity to use the world as a living classroom and to explore new cultures with traditions and customs that stand in great contrast to our own. For more information about our Global Education programs, please visit, www.kentplace.org/global

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Summit

January Update

January 19, 2017

Dear Summit Neighbor,

I hope you are having a wonderful start to the New Year. With 2017 in full swing, I wanted to take this opportunity to provide a progress update on some activities in town. 

1. The Winter Farmer’s Market has arrived. Held at Calvary Church every Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., there is a great selection of fresh produce and locally prepared ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_48d23eb86351e2d19b2e_1cc0c318b3b034e1e033_winter_storytime

Fri, January 20, 10:00 AM

Summit Free Public Library, Summit

Storytime

Community Calendar Education

Fri, January 20, 11:30 AM

SAGE Eldercare, Summit

Fun-to-be-Fit Exercise Class

Community Calendar

Carousel_image_a88a67d7c51fc2b1361c_2b4f9e1efe9242037202_bridge

Fri, January 20, 12:00 PM

Summit YMCA, Summit

Duplicate Bridge at the Y

Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar

Summit Fire Department Blotter

Dec. 1, 2016 0233 - Units responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries and an overturned vehicle with possible extrication. Incident located at mm 10 Route 24, West.  Springfield and Millburn FD also on scene.  Summit provided a safety block, and for scene safety and assisted with securing vehicles.  

Dec. 5, 2016 at 12:25 - Units dispatched to a PARK AVE apartment for a ...

Summit Police Blotter

January 9, 2017

12/24 - Nelson Collazo-Moreno, 25, of Summit was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Mr. Moreno was released with a pending court date.

01/01 - At 1323 hours a report was taken for a theft from a Springfield Avenue apartment complex. The maroon colored “Exit” sign had been removed sometime between 1800 hours on 12/31/16 and 1300 hours on 01/01/17. The approximate value of ...

Video: Point View's Dietze Says Beware of Headwinds in 'Market Call' Appearance

January 20, 2017

Point View Wealth Management's Founder, President, and Chief Investment Strategist, David Dietze, answers audience questions on BNN's 'Market Call':

bnn.ca

Point View Wealth Management, Inc. works with families in Summit and beyond, providing customized portfolio management services and comprehensive financial planning, to develop and achieve their financial ...

Christine Murphy Welcomed as Newest Sales Associate at Lois Schneider Realtor

Lois Schneider Realtor’s top producing sales team welcomes Christine Murphy, our newest sales associate. Christine started with Lois Schneider Realtor in 2013 as a licensed sales assistant to one of the company’s top producing teams. She and her husband have been residents of Summit since 2001 with their three children, all of whom attend or have graduated from Summit Public Schools.

Closed Fund Open Mind

Closed-end funds (CEFs) can play an important role in a diversified investment portfolio. They offer benefits similar to those of an open-end mutual fund, but also sport unique advantages.  

Unlike a traditional open-end mutual fund, CEFs have a fixed number of shares available to trade. Their price is not tied to the value of the underlying portfolio. The only way the number of shares ...

Raising The 'Bar' When Celebrating Life's Milestone Moments

The renovation of the event space at the historic Grand Summit Hotel in Summit was directly aimed at creating a lighter, brighter, more welcoming space that would promote a party atmosphere inherent to the wedding and Bar / Bat Mitzvah and wedding celebration. The results have been embraced by the Hotel's very loyal clientele, as indicated by the strong repeat activity in the large social ...

Man vs. Waze

A lot of strange cars are traveling through my quiet neighborhood these days.  They are not driven by my neighbors.  Some mornings I even have trouble getting out of my driveway.  

Waze.

Ever since bridge repair closed a major thoroughfare near my house, the traffic on my sleepy street has increased dramatically.  And it is not by accident that commuters have figured out ...