Remarkable Student Life Experiences
As German teacher Kinga Zay, the new Upper School Community Service coordinator, was looking for agencies that could accommodate the entire junior class for the annual service day during Spirit Week, she also hoped to broaden and deepen students’ experiences. She found just that in partnership with Refugee Support Services of Charlotte, which operates in conjunction with the Galilee Center.
Prior to Community Service Day, International Baccalaureate (IB) juniors visited the Galilee Center to learn more about the refugee population in Charlotte and help organize and plan the various activities they and their classmates would undertake—everything from creating a community garden and cleaning up the kitchen, to researching countries of origin for a flag display and painting a welcome mural. “The experience fit nicely with our IB core, which is at the heart of the IB experience and calls on students to reflect on their creativity, activity, and service (CAS),” says Frau Zay, who is also the IB co-CAS coordinator.