The Kiril and Kate Sokoloff Fund was established in 2010 to support the Kiril and Kate Sokoloff Grants for Compassion and Kindness, given each year to students who seek to promote the qualities of compassion and kindness which lie at the heart of the School Prayer. Students apply for grant monies each term, and in the summer, to support proposed projects that demonstrate a vision to make the world a better place through service for the good of mankind.
Summer 2017 Recipient – Hyun Joon Kim ’18
Joon used his Sokoloff Grant to expose children in Cambodia to engineering through his endeavor, Kickstart Engineering. He used the grant money to purchase Arduino boards, small programming devices that students could use to learn to code and build circuits. Joon’s interest in this project stemmed from his other work through the School’s Outreach Program. Prior to his journey to Cambodia, Joon took part in a service-learning trip to Nicaragua, and is active in supporting local youth through the Friend’s Youth Mentoring Program in Concord. Joon created a video recapping his work in Cambodia.
Read Joon’s Reflection»
Summer 2017 Recipient – Ruthie Covo ’18
Ruthie used the $2,500 Sokoloff Grant to expand work she began with a previous Sokoloff stipend. She has titled her work, “The Pumpkin Project,” and helps food pantries and shelters, such as Haven from Hunger and Women’s Lunch Place in the Boston area, find creative ways to utilize their stores of canned pumpkin. Following the holiday season, these organizations receive an excess of the product, and it often goes to waste as recipients are unaware of the ways it can be incorporated into different recipes. Ruthie helped these groups learn creative methods to prepare pumpkin to help feed the thousands of people these groups serve each year.
Read Ruthie’s Reflection»
Summer 2017 Recipient – Estela Lacombe Franca ’19
Estela used the Sokoloff Grant to expand her work with Kids Tales, an international nonprofit that empowers children in underprivileged communities through creative writing. The program has high school students such as Estela teach children ages 7 to 12 how to tell a story. The process serves to develop writing skills among the young scribes, and also helps them realize that their voice matters. The result is a published compilation of the children’s short stories. The grant helped Estela print 500 copies of their books, increasing the impact of the program in her native Brazil.
Read Estela’s Reflection»
Spring 2017 Recipient – Matt Denham ’18 and William Yee ’18
Matt and William, both members of the School’s debate team, used the grant to create a Learn to Debate program at Rundlett Middle School in Concord. Through weekly after-school sessions, they taught students the basics of public speaking and how to construct an effective argument.
Read Reflection by Matt Denham and William Yee»
Summer 2016 Recipient – Linda (Yunzhi) Pan ’17
Linda used this grant to advance the status of disabled children in China by providing advocacy and social and educational resources that have a lasting impact. The name of her project is Clover League: Youth Volunteers for Children with Disabilities. Named after a common symbol for luck, the project aims to bring joy and good fortune to the disabled population in China through (1) organizing volunteer activities, (2) increasing public awareness, and (3) providing financial support.
At the beginning of her project, Linda and the volunteers created a Wordpress blog detailing their work. Upon completion of the project, Linda prepared a video recapping her work with the children in China. On October 18 Linda gave a presentation in Chapel to members of the SPS community about her project. 
Read Linda's Reflection»
Winter 2016 Recipient – Mallika Yedla ’17
Mallika used this grant to create a children’s picture book to provide age-appropriate information to children afflicted with Vitiligo (a visible, autoimmune skin disease) and their friends. Read Mallika's Reflection»
Summer 2015 Recipient – Shi-Yo Jill Chen ’16
Jill used her grant prize to assist an advocate from a rural area in Taiwan’s Taitung County with an organic coffee business which would not only employ its impoverished inhabitants, but also help fund the village’s library, which had become a refuge for the area children. Upon completion of her project, Jill prepared a video chronicling her trip to Taitung County. Read Jill's Reflection»