Search for “#CarlisleCares” on any social media platform and you will find a variety of good deeds by Carlisle students. The #CarlisleCares initiative is a concerted effort by faculty, staff and students to give back to the local community.
Tommy Hudgins, Carlisle’s Head of School, explained, “In past years we’ve done an awful lot of good for those outside our community, but we wanted to refocus our service and giving back to our home community.”
During United Way’s Day of Action, the entire school took part in giving back by cleaning trails and parks, landscaping, and collecting food for the Salvation Army. Students in the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy kicked off the school year by packing lunches to donate to the Community Storehouse, and have travelled to King’s Grant Retirement Community to visit with residents. For Souper Bowl Sunday, Lower and Middle School students collected more than 240 cans of food to donate to Grace Network. At Christmas, the Boys and Girls Basketball teams even “adopted” two families in need, providing them with food and toys. Most recently, Lower School volunteers provided dinner to local life-saving and law-enforcement organizations. The list goes on.
But Carlisle has not turned its back on the larger community. The Middle School Community Service Club collected more than 650 books to donate to the African Library Project. To help those affected by Hurricane Harvey, a dodgeball tournament was held to raise funds for the Red Cross, and the second grade collected school supplies to help an affected school in Texas. Preschoolers at the Danville campus packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.
“Community service is an integral part of a child’s education. We hope this becomes second nature to our young people as they grow up,” Hudgins said.