Upper School students Grace Bartell ’20 and Henry Probst ’19 have been working with the Northwestern Board of Camp Kesem since last fall.
Camp Kesem is a non-profit organization that provides free summer camp for kids who have lost parents to cancer. There are currently more than 75 college chapters and NSCDS will be the first High School chapter.
“At Camp Kesem, kids get a chance to meet other people who can relate to the difficult situations that they have had to face, creating bonds that they wouldn't otherwise be able to,” Henry said. “It is somewhat of an escape from the difficulties of the children's lives at home where the kids can just enjoy being outside in beautiful weather and have fun.”
The club at NSCDS will fundraise for Camp Kesem and to host a board of people who want to get involved with the Northwestern students. “Although we are planning to start small, such as a water bottle drive for campers, we are hoping that within a few years we will be able to create an event in support of Camp Kesem that is the same size as Dunk Alzheimer's,” he said.
North Shore Country Day School is a junior kindergarten through 12th grade, college-preparatory school founded in Winnetka, Illinois in 1919. With rigorous academic pursuit as the cornerstone, North Shore provides many opportunities for all students to excel – in the classroom and the laboratory, on the stage and the playing field, in their communities and beyond.