A Day of Caring at CCSD Schools
On September 11, 2008, volunteers from local businesses and the community participated in Trident United Way's "Day of Caring" and committed a day of service to several Charleston County schools. Below are descriptions and images of just a few of the many examples which occurred throughout the district.
At Murray-LaSaine Elementary School, employees of Johnson & Johnson Insurance, The Beach Company and Charleston Water System beautified the school. They created a parent/mentor room, rejuvenated the landscaping, and added a sandbox and walking trail to the playground.
Drayton Hall Elementary School recognized Day of Caring by planting a tree dedicated to the memories of victims of 9/11, fallen soldiers, and the Charleston 9. All grade levels worked together to make an American flag, and everyone sang a medley of patriotic songs.
At Goodwin Elementary, Day of Caring was made possible due to volunteers and donations including those from Bubba Gump's, Lowe's and Linda's Diner. Volunteers painted the foyer of the school and the mascot “Goodwin Gator” on the exterior entrance. The group added TLC to the school in an effort to make it a warm and homey environment for the school community.
The event was so powerful at Malcolm C. Hursey Elementary, that an additional 80 volunteers continued the momentum the next day on Friday 9/12/08 for a second Day of Caring. Many projects emphasized literacy; volunteers read to small groups in The Readers Are Leaders Project in the classroom to kick off the IRA’s International Literacy Celebration this week. Other projects included outdoor beautification and yard clean up activities, creating parenting center on a stage, building baby gardens, painting, and moving classrooms.
The celebrations were all immensely positive and successful. Thank you to Trident United Way and all the business, volunteers, and schools that participated.