Country School 'Lights the Night' in Support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Country School joined hundreds of local residents for “Light the Night,” a nighttime walk to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on Saturday, Oct. 17. More than 100 students, parents, faculty and staff members walked around the Stamford Harbor holding red, gold and white lanterns in solidarity with those who have been affected by cancer. In particular, they walked to honor the memory of Country School student Kyle A. Markes who lost his battle with cancer in 2013.
The NCCS team, which partnered with the Kyle’s Corner Team (comprised of Kyle’s family and friends), raised more than $5,000 for the LLS. In addition, more than 15 Country School students served as volunteers at the event.
“Students not only lit up the night with their lanterns, they lit up our hearts with a feeling of community that seemed to warm the group throughout the chilly evening,” said Director of Community Development Lynn Sullivan who organizes school-wide service learning initiatives. “Students of all ages arrived with a smile on their face and a sense of purpose and solidarity as we spent time together as one Country School team.”
In advance of the walk, Light the Night representatives visited Country School and led an in-depth assembly to teach students about the mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the purpose of Light the Night — to help raise awareness and money for research to fight blood cancers.