CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — Cadets from The Citadel are spending time with local elementary and middle school students during their annual Leadership Day.
Freshman and sophomore Citadel cadets will visit 18 schools on Wednesday, where they will lead literacy classroom activities, and work with students in an effort to show leadership through service in the community. Juniors will attend a full day ethics seminar, and seniors will spend a full day learning from the leaders of more than 20 businesses in the Charleston area, including Boeing South Carolina, Google Charleston, Hollings Marine Laboratory, the Medical University of South Carolina, and SCE&G.
Leadership Day is held from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Wednesday.
Leadership Day is planned and managed annually by The Citadel’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. Cadets are required to study leadership and ethics in the classroom, and they are dedicated to learning through service to the community, directed by the college’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics.
During the 2015-16 academic year, the Corp provided more than 19,000 hours of community service to the Lowcountry in total.
New this year is a partnership with Soldiers’ Angels mobile food pantry, a program that originated in Texas to fight veteran hunger. On Leadership Day, and once a month going forward, cadets will help run the pantry on campus. On Oct. 19, the Soldiers’ Angels Veteran Mobile Food Pantry and cadets will provide takeaways meals from noon until 3:30 at the Altman Athletic Center end of The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium parking.
For the second year, cadets will assist with a program called Veterans on Deck, where they help clean sailboats and sail with veterans who are learning the sport.
Leadership Day began in 2010 with 150 cadets working simultaneously in service opportunities. Now, more than 1,200 cadets participate.
- Minnie Hughes
- A.C. Corcoran
- North Charleston
- North Charleston Creative Arts
- James B. Wdwards
- Mary Ford
- James Simons
- Charleston Development Academy
“We are working to becoming principled leaders—that’s our overall goal. As part of this four-year process, we really look forward to Leadership Day each fall when we get to meet, help and learn from so many of our Lowcountry neighbors,” said Alexandria Guild, regimental public affairs officer for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. “It takes months to plan, but the results are rewarding and many cadets continue volunteering with the organizations and schools they visit long after the actual Leadership Day ends.”
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A partial list of Leadership Day 2016 service-learning activities can be found below:
|TIME (||AGENCY or EVENT||ADDRESS||TASKS|
|8 a.m. – 11 a.m.||Association for the Blind||3795 Spruill Ave. (at Chicora Elementary)||Focus on Children program; assisting with vision tests|
|9 a.m. – 1 p.m.||Bees Landing Rec. Center||1580 Ashley Gardens Blvd., Charleston||Leading youth in learning about and playing Bocce|
|8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.||Charleston Development Academy||233 Line St., Charleston||Reading and literacy assistance|
|9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.||Charlestowne Landing||1500 Old Towne Rd., Charleston||Tending animals and outdoor park facilities|
|9 a.m. – 1 p.m.||Cannon YMCA||61 Cannon St., Charleston||Assist with building maintenance and improvements|
|9 a.m. – noon||East Cooper Meals on Wheels||2300 N. Hwy 17, Mount Pleasant||Meal preparation|
|8:30 – 11:30 a.m.||Hampton Park||Charleston||Landscaping and storm cleanup|
|7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.||James Spann Elementary||901 John McKissick Way, Summerville||Hands on teaching about engineering|
|9 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Liberty Hill Academy||Johns Island||Various|
|9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.||Lowcountry Food Bank||2864 Azalea Dr., North Charleston||Helping with escalated work due to flood|
|9 a.m. – 4 p.m.||NCBI training for faculty and staff||Citadel Human Resources Conference Room|
|9 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Ronald McDonald House||81 Gadsen St., Charleston||Various|
|9 a.m.-4 p.m.||Savannah Place||1501 Successionville Rd.||Companionship, activities and various tasks|
|9 a.m. – 1 p.m.||SCORE/
SC Dept. of Natural Resources
|217 Ft. Johnson Rd., James Island||Bagging oyster shells for reefs and storm erosion recovery|
|8 a.m. – 5 p.m.||Sea Island Habitat for Humanity||Pumpkin Hill Rd., John’s Island||Various|
|9 a.m. – 2p.m.||St. Thomas & St. Denis Church||1513 Cainhoy Rd., Cainhoy SC, Berkeley County||Various|
|1 p.m. – 4 p.m.||Veterans on Deck||33 Lockwood Dr., Charleston||Cleaning and sailing boats with veterans|
|9 a.m. – 2 p.m.||Water Missions International||1150 Kinzer St., Charleston||Water purification kit building|
|9 a.m. – 1 p.m.||Windwood Farm Home & Family Services||4857 Windwood Farm Rd., Awendaw||Combination of landscaping and facility improvements and support of Winwood Farm students.|