Remarkable Community Service Experiences
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.
Supporting Local Families
In honor of our 75th anniversary, Country Day is supporting 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 through a charity ride at FlyWheel. The community has also donated hundreds of books and handmade blankets.
Along with these student-led projects, we're hosting a "Service Saturday" on February 25 and we invite our entire community to participate. You can learn more about Service Saturday here.
Students are incorporating the 75-year theme into other service projects. For instance, the National Honor Society donated 75 household starter kits to the Charlotte Refugee Center, the Middle School Student Council donated 75 handmade washcloths for Charlotte Family Housing, and 75 desks were donated to Above and Beyond Students.
In the spring, TreesCharlotte will provide every Country Day student with an oak seedling to be planted in and around the city. That's more than 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.