Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Volunteers with Crosswinds Church help Charter Day School with beautification and teacher appreciation.
Community members pitching in to help is what small-town living is all about. Recently, 40 volunteers from Leland’s Crosswinds Church helped Charter Day School spruce up its campus and shower teachers with a gift of appreciation.
The church volunteers landscaped the entrance to the Charter Day School campus with new plants and apple trees and pressure washed the school’s sidewalks. Church members also purchased 150 Port City Java gift cards for all Charter Day School staff members.
“Many of the families who attend Crosswinds Church have or have had students attend Charter Day School, says Crosswinds Church Community Pastor Scott Hennis. “We also have a few teachers and school staff [in the congregation]. We are thankful for the amazing work of Charter Day School and want to support our great local school!”
Hennis says it is their hope that something simple like brighter colors at the entrance and cleaner concrete will give the staff a moment of pleasure during these chaotic times. “Teachers and school staff are carrying such a heavy burden right now,” he says. “If we can help at all, we are happy to do so!”
Laurie Benton, headmaster of Charter Day School, says the staff is “beyond grateful to the wonderful community at Crosswinds Church.”
“Our campus entrance looks wonderful and we love the apple trees!” Benton says. “We truly appreciate them taking time out of their busy schedules to help improve our campus.”
Charter Day School is one of four charter schools managed by The Roger Bacon Academy, Inc., founded in 1999 by education pioneer Baker Mitchell. The other schools include Douglass Academy in Wilmington, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville and South Brunswick Charter School in Southport. All four are tuition-free charter schools that welcome all students regardless of income, ability or address. Each school offers five-day-a-week classes for either on-campus or on-line students.