CDS Supports Hurricane Relief with Habitat for Humanity
This year, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria caused widespread devastation, forcing thousands out of damaged homes and communities in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Resources are critically needed throughout the recovery and rebuilding phase, which may last months or in some cases years.
It was this urgent need that inspired Carolina Day School students and administrators to look for opportunities to engage in meaningful hurricane relief efforts—and they didn’t have to look far. Carolina Day is expanding its existing school-wide partnership with Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity to raise funds for global Habitat initiatives, which include assisting hurricane-devastated communities in their efforts to rebuild.
Over the last four years, CDS students have raised funds and worked on building sites to sponsor an Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity home every two years. CDS continues to honor this existing local commitment. Now, any money collected beyond what is needed for the local Habitat House will go directly to support global Habitat initiatives.
“Students in the Upper School have donated many hours to support local efforts with Habitat for Humanity, soliciting thousands of dollars from local businesses and restaurants and working to actually build a house every other year,” said Upper School Principal and Associate Head of School Peggy Daniels. “They have enjoyed learning and applying the skills necessary to build a home, and they get to experience firsthand the value of their efforts as they develop a relationship with the family who will soon move in. As we provide opportunities for our PK–12 students to make a meaningful difference in their world, it is great that they can assist locally, and now also contribute to Habitat’s global efforts to help in locations where people have experienced a natural disaster.”
Service learning and community service are hallmarks of the CDS program, reaching beyond classroom walls and providing opportunities for students to initiate ideas, collaborate with others, and build leadership skills. Involvement with Habitat for Humanity gives students an opportunity to nurture a love for their community and develop an awareness of the need for affordable housing all over the globe. Students are also learning a myriad of real-world skills, and are provided an opportunity to make an impact. Volunteer efforts such as this support the Carolina Day School aim to develop responsible citizens with the mindset and abilities to make a meaningful difference in the communities in which they will live and in the greater world.