A Culture of Giving Back

At Davidson Day, we strive for our students to be advocates for themselves and for others.  Service is an integral part of life as a Davidson Day student.  Our students make a difference in our community through direct and indirect service in and outside of the classroom.

Each year, Davidson Day selects a local nonprofit organization as our community service partner and aligns the curriculum in each division to ensure opportunities for our students to volunteer in and lead service programming to benefit the selected community service partner.  Our programmatic focus on community service teaches our students to be respectful, ethical citizens, who are adept at addressing challenges locally and globally. 


School-Wide Programs & Events

The 2018–2019 Community Service Partner: #KennedyStrong Foundation

At Davidson Day, we believe that service and community involvement are excellent activities to develop character and learn how to be a good citizen.  Each year, we partner with a local organization that works in our community to advance a mission that aligns with our school’s values.  We select our service partner after a thorough application and vetting process, considering how the organization may work with each division to enable our students to experience direct service and gain valuable experience in serving our community.

This year, Davidson Day is thrilled to partner with the KennedyStrong Foundation, an organization that strives to support families whose child with Down syndrome needs medical treatment and enable individuals with Down syndrome to live out their dreams of independence.

The mission and programs of the KennedyStrong Foundation align well with our own mission, values, and co-curricular character development programming. We are excited that in partnership with KennedyStrong this year, our students and families will:
  • Participate in two inclusive events -- the Buddy Walk on Oct. 20, and the 3-2-1 Dash on Mar. 23 -- to raise awareness and build community;
  • Lead a supply drive in early October to gather materials to distribute to families whose children with Down syndrome are in the hospital for treatment or surgery;
  • Hear firsthand from families and individuals with Down syndrome and learn from employers that hire and train people with Down syndrome and other disabilities;
  • Participate in co-curricular job training and career development and brainstorm potential ways to improve the hiring process so that individuals with disabilities receive opportunities without bias; and
  • Plan an inclusive after school event for children with Down syndrome and our students, to be held at Davidson Day School.

Class Projects

Other examples of Davidson Day service projects include:

Eaglets (3 year olds) | Ada Jenkins Center
Each year, our Eaglets collect 100 cans of food for the 100th day of school and donate it to the Loaves and Fishes Pantry at the Ada Jenkins Center.
 
Kindergarten | The Pines at Davidson
Our Kindergarten classes make cards for the elderly and deliver them to The Pines at Davidson, where they sing songs and share snacks with the residents.
 
2nd Grade | Adopts a Local Family in Need
With the help of the Davidson Police Department, our 2nd graders choose a local family in need to adopt during the holiday season. Our students help make the family's Christmas special by buying and wrapping presents to go under their tree.

3rd Grade | Holiday Food Drive benefiting Loaves & Fishes Pantry
Our 3rd graders host one of Davidson Day’s largest community service projects, the Holiday Food Drive, which benefits the Loaves & Fishes Pantry at Ada Jenkins Center.  Every year, our students collect thousands of nonperishable food and toiletry items for Ada Jenkins just in time for the busy holiday season.

4th Grade | Jr. Rangers
As part of their Jr. Rangers program, 4th graders complete a waterway trash clean up around the shore lines of the pond and lake areas of Davidson.

5th & 6th Grades | Food For Days
As a community service project, 5th and 6th graders work with the Food For Days organization to help provide individually-portioned, nutritionally-balanced food for kids to take home in their backpacks on the weekend, when school meals are not available. Throughout the year, 5th and 6th graders help pack the backpacks at the First Baptist Church in Mooresville. Currently, the program serves 14,000 students in Iredell County.

Upper School | Pieter's Pals
The Upper School National Honor Society hosts a blood drive and fundraiser each year to support Pieter's Pals.  Pieter's Pals is a local non-profit organization created to help families of children who are battling cancer.

School Information

750 Jetton Street
Davidson, NC 28036
[P] 704-237-5200   [F] 704-896-5535
DAVIDSON DAY SCHOOL
An Independent Day School educating students 2 years old through 12th grade
CREATIVITY  ~ COLLABORATION  ~ CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT