Thought to Consider


Community Service During the Holidays

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Last week Cannon School hosted its annual Project Wrap-In collecting and wrapping over 1000 gifts to be donated to local charities. The event is a favorite of students, faculty and staff for the sense of community it builds at Cannon School and the connections it makes between Cannon and the greater Charlotte/Concord area. Most people acknowledge service is important, and colleges agree. Although academic performance is the most important metric when colleges consider applications, they also seek students who are looking for ways to make an impact outside of the classroom.

Why does service matter in college admissions? Over 70% of the colleges polled last year by Intellivol noted that students who participate in service in high school are more likely to be socially active in college and to contribute to the college’s mission. The survey also noted skills like self-motivation, collaboration, and leadership are built through partaking in service.

Winter break is a wonderful time to consider:

  • Volunteering your time at local shelter
  • Performing a song or skit at a hospital
  • Visiting a senior center – read a book, teach a craft or simply spend time with a resident
  • Writing a card to a soldier
  • Baking treats for local first responders
  • Making a little extra food to share with a local foodbank or kitchen
  • Spreading some cheer this holiday season!

Visit the PowerSchool Community Outreach site to find ways to get involved, log service hours and apply for the Presidential Service Award.