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Freedom Bowl caps off PD in Action Social Responsibility Events

  On Sunday, the Parents' Association, PD football teams, and the Upper School “Freedom School Students of Service” Club hosted a fun afternoon of football, cheer, and Charger Spirit at the school’s first-ever Freedom Bowl.    

  The event capped off a successful month of PD in Action community service and social responsibility events. It brought the PD community together while raising support for PD’s Freedom School site, which provides summer programs in grades K-8 to promote literacy and combat summer learning loss. PD formed its partnership with Freedom School Partners in 2012 as the first independent school in the nation to host a site.

  Members of the Middle School, Junior Varsity, and Varsity football teams under the leadership of Coach Chad Grier and his staff, as well as cheer teams, conducted football and cheer drills for Lower School students whose families contributed supplies to the Freedom School supply drive in order to participate. PD’s supply drive benefits all Freedom School sites across the county.

   “I am appreciative of the opportunity for our players to use football to support Freedom Schools, as servant leadership is the backbone of our core value system,” said Grier. “I am extremely proud of the energy, care, and guidance our players showed our Lower School students and am excited that the event was a great success!”

   Added Katie Carmichael, director of PD’s Freedom School: “It was a great event and wonderful to be together as a community to have fun and also work to support our partnership with Freedom School. We were able to pack 26 boxes worth of supplies for our year long supply drive through the donations of the participants. I am thankful for our community's faithful support of Freedom School through their donations of time, talent, and treasures throughout the school year and during the summer.”

   The Parents’ Association PD in Action project’s mission was to inspire in students and parents a sense of social responsibility and community engagement. Organized by the SRCE (Social Responsibility and Community Engagement) Committee, community events will continue in April during Earth Week and on into the future.

   PD in Action also included a Samaritan’s Feet shoe-sorting event; a Red Cross blood drive; creek clean-ups; a composting workshop; and a book collection drive in partnership with Hendrick Cares.

    “What I have loved about PD in Action has been engaging with so many different PD stakeholders. The PA's purpose with SRCE and PD in Action has been to help shine a light on what our students are already doing and to ‘source’ service opportunities for PD families while working with current PD partners whose missions align with our PD values,” said Amy O’Neil, president of the Parents’ Association. “PD In Action gave our community the opportunity to see the ‘action’ that is already occurring in and out of the classroom. And PD in Action gave families, and children of all grade-levels, an opportunity to be a part of that action and do some good for our greater communities - within Charlotte as well as globally.

   “At a challenging time in our world, our PD family chose to come together, give back, and serve our larger community. Students from TK-12th grades, parents, athletes, faculty, staff, administrators, community partners, corporate sponsors - we all came together to make a difference. That was the hope for SRCE and PD in Action, and I am thrilled that we have been able to get to work and serve this year!”