King's Academy, December 4, 2008—King's Academy students and faculty embarked on a community service campaign, "The 12 Days of Giving," on the eve of the winter holiday break. The giving efforts ranged from donating funds to various charities across the globe, to simply crafting cards for elementary school students.
The first days of giving focused inward on campus as students held peer tutoring sessions, delivered sodas to the staff and grounds crew and wrote thank you notes to friends, faculty and family.
The giving then extended to the Academy's neighboring Madaba community. Students and faculty collected enough non-perishable goods for nine families to survive on for one week, gathered warm clothing and blankets for the Al Aqsa Charity and bought five sheep for families to celebrate Eid Al Adha. Students also baked 500 cookies, which they delivered to a local public school, and brought gifts to children at the Al-Amal Center for the mentally and physically challenged.
Throughout the two weeks, students and faculty donated funds to various charities including the School for Ethics and Global Leadership (SEGL), a start-up school in Washington, DC.
"We were struck by the generosity of our kids and teachers," said Dean of Students Wendy Bradley. "Everyone gave what they could, many scrambling through dresser drawers to find coins and bills tucked away for safekeeping."
Assistant Dean of Students for Freshmen and organizer of "The 12 Days of Giving" Tiffany Norman said she was deeply inspired by the campus-wide energy and enthusiasm surrounding the service projects.
"Students who didn't think that they had a lot to offer saw that they didn't have to give money to participate," Norman said. "They realized that giving sometimes meant something as small as writing a thank you note."