There aren’t many students who choose to give up their lazy Sunday mornings to do community service. And there are few who willingly stand up in front of their classmates to speak on behalf of those who are less fortunate. At Cardigan, however, it seems to happen fairly regularly. In a normal year, students volunteer at the local food pantry as well as at LISTEN, another local organization that meets the critical needs of the residents of the Upper Valley. There are also penny drives and fun runs and food donations that happen throughout the year, all in the name of helping the other fella.
While this year is different, students are still finding ways to give back to the community. Take for example, the most recent effort of three boys who organized a coat drive for the Mascoma School District. Carrying on a tradition started three years ago by Leopold Dorilas ’19, a happy trio—Carter Davis ’22, Layton Glover ’22, and Reaghan Moore ’22—took on the project, starting in November when they made announcements in the dining hall and sent out emails to families requesting that students bring coats back with them after winter vacation. After collecting coats from all over campus, with the help of Director of Spiritual Life Cheryl Borek, they finally delivered the winter gear to Mascoma High School on Monday.
This year, with help from parents, faculty, staff, and their peers, the students collected over 30 coats, snow pants, and boots. And thanks to Chandra Davis P’22, faculty and families could even order new coats online and have them shipped to Cardigan for the coat drive.
“A third of the coats that were donated were new!” Layton emphasized. “This year’s coat drive was a huge success!”
Carter agrees. “It makes me feel good to know I’ve helped people,” he says.
But the interesting thing is that the help he is giving comes full circle. “I like the sensation of doing work,” reflects Carter. “Doing volunteer work helps me with school; it makes me want to put more effort into other areas of my life.”
Next up the boys are already talking about their annual book drive at the end of the year. Students who do not want to keep the books they have used throughout the school year can give them to Carter when classes end. When the school year finishes, Carter sorts the books and ships them back to his home in Georgia where he connects with Books for Africa.
“Doing volunteer work helps me with school; it makes me want to put more effort into other areas of my life.”Carter Davis ’22
“It takes a lot of time,” he says, “but it’s not a waste of time.”
“Yep, you second guess yourself a lot when you sign up and give up your free time,” agrees Layton. “But the payback comes when you realize you’ve made someone else’s day.”
Thank you all who helped make the coat drive successful! It is with pride that we count these boys as our Cardigan brothers and look forward to partnering with them in their next giving adventures!