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New Canaan Country School Honors Student With Day Of Service

Hundreds of members of the New Canaan Country School community recently participated in the first Kyle A. Markes Day of Service. Photo Credit: Contributed
The Day of Service is held in honor of Kyle A. Markes, a student who died of leukemia. Photo Credit: Contributed
Some of the participants in the Day of Service. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Hundreds of members of the New Canaan Country School community recently participated in the first Kyle A. Markes Day of Service, which benefited 12 area nonprofit organizations.

The day was to honor 11-year-old Kyle, a sixth-grader at the Country School who died on Christmas Eve 2013 after fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia for more than a year, according to a press release.

More than 370 students and many of their parents participated in the day of service on April 11.

They helped in 15 projects that supported area nonprofit organizations such as Ben's Bells, Boys & Girls Club of America of Stamford, Carver Foundation, Delete Blood Cancer, Domus, Family & Children's Agency, Inspirica, Jump for Joy, New Canaan Nature Center, Open Door Shelter, Person-to-Person, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, and the Waveny LifeCare Network.

First Selectman Robert E. Malozzi III attended the event and officially proclaimed April 11, 2015, as the Kyle A. Markes Day of Service in New Canaan.

The day also included a basketball tournament held on Kyle’s Court, a space of the middle school that was dedicated about a year ago.

“Kyle was very much present on our inaugural day of service; his legacy of service and the power of building community was actualized through hundreds of volunteers,” Lynn Sullivan, the school’s director of community development, said in a press release.

“It was very important for us to include an educational component by asking project leaders and site representatives to share their organizations’ mission statements, the populations with whom they serve, and the service need before starting the service project.”

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