Service to others is an integral part of the Charlotte Country Day School experience. In fact, one of our key values states that "we empower our students to address social, environmental, and global issues and to realize the obligation and value in giving of themseilves for the public good."
That mission translates to hundreds of service initiatives each year by our students, faculty, and parents. Some projects are schoolwide such as our connection with Hidden Valley Elementary School, for whom parents volunteer to tutor students, Lower School students collect books and write letters, and Middle School students hold an annual Holiday Party and Field Day. Others are ongoing, like our 28-year partnership with Special Olympics as host of the spring games. Students and faculty are also quick to respond to immediate issues, such as raising money for earthquake survivors in Haiti or organizing a collection of blankets for Earthquake victims in India.
Charlotte Country Day is virtually never without one or more service projects in progress, whether through divisions, clubs, classes, or advisories. Service initiatives begin in Lower School, where students learn that their small acts of kindness can make a big difference in the lives of others. In Middle School, students' interpersonal involvement with outreach organizations increases as advisories pair up with seniors to provide pet therapy and underprivileged pre-school children for play therapy. By Upper School, students fully understand that privilege and service go hand in hand.