Country Day has a long tradition of serving others. In fact, Country Day’s commitment to social responsibility began with second graders who sold war bonds in 1942. From a very early age, we prepare students to be engaged citizens by examining what it means to belong to a community and the potential impact of a person’s actions. Through clubs, advisories, grade levels, and divisions, students have numerous opportunities to serve. The Country Day experience also provides students with the leadership and problem-solving skills to be self-directed “doers” making a difference in the world.
One of Country Day’s special traditions and relationships is Special Olympics. Every April, the entire Upper School—students, faculty, and staff—takes a two-day break from the rigors of academia to host the Special Olympics Mecklenburg County Spring Games. This definitive Country Day experience has been happening since 1984 and is just one example of the engaged citizenship that every student experiences, in multiple ways, during the course of the school year.
Other longtime service traditions include hosting a lunch for the homeless before Holiday Break, mentoring Rama Road Elementary students as a Big Brother/Big Sister, 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.
Although we were not able to be together this Special Olympics, thanks to the student Community Service Directors, Upper School students and faculty are honoring the week by doing the following:
- Creating a video of encouragement and well-being for Special Olympics athletes.
- Spreading positive messages with sidewalk chalk and images in windows.
- Collecting books and handmade no-sew blankets for Baby Bundles.
- Making masks for healthcare and essential workers with 3D printers and sewing machines.
- Checking in and assisting elderly neighbors to help pick up groceries and other necessities.
- Responding to organizations’ requests for need, including Purple Heart Homes, Classroom Central, and Promising Pages.
As this global pandemic began taking shape and the needs of the community around us grew, students, parents, alumni, and families began doing their part whether shared or not. We want to thank all of you for making an impact to our community. If you know someone making an impact in our community, please share with us so we can thank them. Tag your social posts #CDBucs or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.