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Responding to the Need
Posted 10/18/2018 06:45PM

Volunteering in the Florida Panhandle

On Monday afternoon, an announcement was made to the upper school students about a relief trip to help a town that had been impacted by Hurricane Michael. By the end of the day an overwhelming number of students had volunteered to go. The number of volunteers selected to go on the trip had to be capped due to the capacity of the school bus. 

Hurricane Volunteers

Before dawn on Wednesday, October 17 a school bus filled with 30 CDS students, 2 teachers and 2 bus drivers left Tampa headed to Marianna, a town in the Florida Panhandle that had been devastated by Hurricane Michael. They did not leave empty handed. Students were prepared for a long day of hard work and came outfitted with gloves, work shoes, antibacterial hand sanitizer, and portable phone chargers. Some also brought portable tents, garden supplies, sunscreen, and bug spray. And, of course, the Upper School Grill Club brought their grills. The CDS bus was accompanied by additional CDS students who headed to Marianna as part of the Girls in Action, Royal Ambassadors, and Acteens groups along with a truckload of supplies that had been donated by CDS families and other members of the community. (Thank you to The Brass Tap for picking up and transporting the overflow of donations that came in after the early donations had been packed up for the trip north.)

As the bus approached the First United Methodist Church, their base for the day, the volunteers saw first hand the severe damage that resulted from Hurricane Michael. Once they arrived, everyone got right to work helping to hand out donations and clean up debris. The US Grill Club grilled 500 hamburgers and almost 200 hot dogs for residents who may not have had a hot meal in weeks. After a long day’s work, the CDS crew traveled the five hours back home, arriving in Tampa after 2:00 am. Head of the Upper School, Sara Rubinstein, approving a late arrival to school in the morning for the volunteers, reflected, “It was a proud day for our Upper School Patriots.” 

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” so here is a glimpse at how our volunteers helped out:

Many thanks to Chaperones, Mrs. Stenberg and Ms. McCartney, and Bus Drivers, Mr. Fortis and Mr. Gimps who made it possible for our students to make this trip.

Thank you to our volunteers who represented CDS so well: 12th Graders: Gabe C., Danielle F.-R., Emma H., Blake H., Ben J., Nicholas M., Cameron M., Monet M., Bobby P., Katie R., Kendra S., Dylan T., Jake V., Jacob W., 11th Graders: Tarriyonna G., Weeyah M., Maliyah P., Adam R., Kenyaa R., Madison S., Tionna W., 10th Graders: Eduardo C.-O., Sydney D., Aidan G., Holly K., Eva R., Kaylee S., and 9th Graders: Hannah M., and Sarah M.


As an IB World School, Carrollwood Day School endeavors to develop the individual talents of young people and teach them to relate the experiences of the classroom to the realities of the world outside. Beginning in the preschool and elementary levels, "action" is a central component of student learning as students are provided “the opportunity and power to choose their actions, to act and to reflect on these actions in order to make a difference in and to the world.”  (p. 37 Making the PYP Happen) Taking action is a core component of IB at all levels. At CDS, students in all grades apply their knowledge to the real world and further develop their sense of commitment, demonstrating that they have the power to affect change.  

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