WE HAVE HEART.

Honesty, respect, responsibility, and service are more than nice ideas here: they’re living, breathing entities that influence every day at Marvelwood. In fact, we’re continually putting these values to use. For us, community service isn’t an afterthought; it’s dedicated weekly time for each student to volunteer through a yearlong commitment with a local cause. Not only is this good for our community—it’s good for our students. At Marvelwood, awareness, compassion, and generosity become a natural way of life that will forever be a part of who you are.

The School’s devotion to service dates to its earliest years, when Marvelwood’s founders recognized the importance of lending a hand to the school’s neighbors. Over the years, this commitment has grown to involvement in a network of more than 20 service organizations on and off campus. Students choose from a variety of projects with a blend of hands-on labor and professional pursuits, and it is a part of every student's weekly curriculum, each Wednesday. In addition, the senior class participates in a service trip each year just prior to graduation, and Marvelwood has established a relationship with a school in rural Panama for international community outreach.

Current Community Service options reflect long-established service relationships in the region, as well as on-campus assignments. As they work, students gain an awareness of the world outside the classroom. They also begin to recognize their individual skills and talents, and see how those talents can have a positive impact on those around them.

LOCAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Kent Nursery School
Kent Community Library
Kent Fire Department
The Calf and Clover Creamery
Sharon Audubon
Cold Stream Farm

Kent Nursery School

At Kent Education Center and Nursery School (KECNS), our mission is to provide the children of our community with a safe, caring environment for exploration and growth in a consistent teaching environment. Community awareness extends beyond school through field trips and special program presentations, with parent/guardian participation welcome.

​Our school meets the individual needs of a diverse population of children and families served by our program, including those with cultural, language and developmental differences.

​KECNS is located in Kent, Connecticut on the ground floor of St. Andrew's Parish House. Our school is not affiliated with any religion.

Kent Community Library

Welcome to the Kent Memorial Library where you can find a warm New England small-town welcome and still connect with the modern resources and technologies you need to operate in the 21st century.

The Kent Memorial Library has been serving the Kent community since 1850 when Orinda Pratt first wrote about the Library and its services. It has been located at its present site since 1922. Today we offer books, magazines, audio books, DVDs and programs for all ages.

Kent Fire Department

While Kent Volunteer Fire Department was officially incorporated in 1911, its origins date back twenty years earlier. In 1881, The Kent Water Company was incorporated and in September of that same year, the company purchased 200' of 2 1/2" fire hoses.

The Calf and Clover Creamery

We care deeply about providing the healthiest raw milk we can for our family and yours.

This means that we prioritize the health and well being of our cows as well as maintaining an uncompromising standard of clean practices that insure that we can all enjoy our raw milk with peace of mind. It’s important to us that our cows have the best lives they can grazing on green pastures, living side by side with their calves. We feed a minimal amount of non GMO grain that is partly organic to our dairy herd in the milking parlor, but the cows consume the majority of their dietary needs through rotational grazing on the hillside pastures around our farm. We move our cows on to fresh pastures twice a day every day during the grazing season to ensure they always have access to a fresh salad bar of lush grasses and clovers.

On top of producing exceptionally creamy and delicious milk this also makes it high in CLA's (Conjugated Linoleic Acid's) and omega -3's. Our long term goal is to improve our pastures to support our girls going 100% grass fed because that is best for them and for us. We are exploring transitioning to 100% grass fed late this winter or early spring.

Sharon Audubon

As part of Audubon Connecticut, a state office of the National Audubon Society and the Atlantic Flyway, Sharon Audubon Center's mission is to protect birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We steward four nature sanctuaries and more than 2,100 primarily wooded acres in Northwestern Connecticut. We serve our community as an engaging nature education center, Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic, and the hub for Audubon’s Forests conservation work in Connecticut.

Visitors are welcome to enjoy trails, live animal exhibits, nature programs, and conservation-themed events throughout the year. Come learn and explore with us!

Cold Stream Farm

Cold Stream Farm is located in Kent, Connecticut, and was founded in 2014

Round Square

Marvelwood is a proud member of Round Square, a worldwide association of over 200 schools in 50 countries on six continents that encourages students to push beyond academic excellence to discover and develop their full potential.

Round Square schools are characterized by a shared belief in an approach to education based on six pillars - IDEALS - drawn from the theories of education philosopher Kurt Hahn.

International Conferences
The Big Build
Exchanges

International Conferences

Each year, Marvelwood sends a delegation to the Round Square International Conference. Students who will be 16-19 years of age during the year of the conference are eligible.

Please contact Round Square Rep and Marvelwood's Director of Residential Life Misty Jordan at misty.jordan@marvelwood.org for detailed information about the application process.

The Big Build

Round Square sponsors two international service projects each year. Participation in a Round Square Big Build Project is a great way for young adults to learn about global citizenship and community engagement, develop a deeper understanding of the world’s problems, and experience a new culture. Please contact Round Square Rep and Marvelwood's Director of Residential Life Misty Jordan at misty.jordan@marvelwood.org for detailed information about the application process.

Exchanges

Round Square is an association of over 180 schools on 5 continents which share a commitment to personal growth and responsibility through service, adventure, leadership and international understanding. Global citizenry is an important part of Round Square, and exchanges are a means to foster relationships and develop an understanding of and respect for different cultures, religions, and traditions. We look forward to welcoming students to Marvelwood to experience the culture and atmosphere of our small and welcoming school community.

Marvelwood students are encouraged to apply for the opportunity to spend time abroad. Learn more on the Round Square website and by speaking with the Marvelwood Round Square Representative and Marvelwood's Director of Residential Life, Misty Jordan at misty.jordan@marvelwood.org