Tradition of Service
Service and engaged citizenship have always been integral to every student experience, starting with our second graders selling war bonds in 1942. Every April, our entire Upper School—students, faculty, and staff—host the Special Olympics Mecklenburg County Spring Games for two days, a definitive Country Day experience that has been happening since 1983.
Other longtime service traditions include mentoring Rama Road Elementary students as a Big Brother/Big Sister, hosting a lunch for the homeless before Holiday Break, raising funds to support cancer research at the Lacrosse Jamboree, supporting preschoolers at the Learning Collaborative, collecting canned goods for Second Harvest Food Bank, making pottery bowls to support Hospice, and crafting homemade cards and growing vegetables for Friendship Trays.
75-Year Tradition of Stepping Up for Others
In honor of our 75th anniversary, students incorporated the 75-year theme into other service projects, including:
- National Honor Society donated 75 household starter kits to the Charlotte Refugee Center
- Middle School Student Council donated 75 handmade washcloths for Charlotte Family Housing
- 75 desks were donated to Above and Beyond Students
- More than 300 students came together and committed more than 1,000 hours of service on Service Saturday, February 25, 2017:
- Younger students baked treats for police and firefighters
- Older students cooked meals for the homeless and packaged necessity bags
- Ninth graders cleaned up the property at The Relatives and participated in cleaning up woods and streams
Read more about Service Saturday.
Beds for Kids
Country Day is proud to support 75 local families through Beds for Kids (BFK), a Charlotte-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide beds and essential furniture to children and their families in need. To date, our community has raised more than $11,000 for the organization through activities like the Middle School Walk of Hope and advisory snack sales and donations made at the Holiday Breakfast. The community has also donated hundreds of books and handmade blankets. On Service Saturday, February 25, our community donated two truckloads of items for Beds for Kids, including books, light bulbs, bedding, mattresses, bedroom furniture, and homemade blankets.
We are pleased to partner with TreesCharlotte, an organization that works to address the city's tree loss from development, protect its forests and native species, and create new green space.
In spring 2017, TreesCharlotte will provide every Country Day student with an oak seedling to be planted in and around the city. That's nearly 1,600 trees! Students will help prepare the seedlings for planting and learn about how trees benefit our ecosystem. Additionally, 75 larger oak trees will be planted around Charlotte by the senior class. We look forward to tracking the growth of the trees we plant for years to come. Learn more about TreesCharlotte.
A Child’s Place
American Red Cross
Beds for Kids
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Goodwill Industries of Southern Piedmont
Habitat for Humanity
The Learning Collaborative
Mecklenburg County Storm Water Services
Monarch Butterfly Network
Sardis Nursing Home
Second Harvest Food Bank
Special Olympics Mecklenburg County Spring Games
Mecklenburg County Trout in the Classroom
YWCA Women’s Shelter