South Charlotte Middle School had a clear goal in mind: raise $8,000 for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. The Angel Tree program serves families in Charlotte, and nationwide, during the holiday season. Families with children up to 12 years old, become the “angels” for which people shop. Donors receive a child’s clothing sizes and Christmas wish list.
This was the third year the school participated in the project. The first year, the school raised $5,000. The next year they raised $7,000. This year, the school raised $9,300 in a week.
“Students, parents and teachers at South Charlotte Middle School have made this a yearly opportunity to give back to the community,” said seventh-grade language arts teacher Randall Carswell. “It is more than just a service project. It’s a chance to share the experience of kindness and generosity.”
On Dec. 10-11, South Charlotte students went on a shopping spree for their “angels”. They arrived to the Target at Stonecrest location with gift lists in hand. The holiday wish lists included clothes, bicycles, electronics, make-up and jewelry.
"This was a good idea, because so many kids wouldn't have a chance to get presents since the economy is struggling,” said student Matthew Jordan. “I'll bet some kids are going to be blown away this year.”
Each year the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) challenges South Charlotte to give more than previously contributed. This year, several teachers added an incentive by agreeing to have their heads shaved if the goal was reached.
Carswell was one of the teachers offering up his hair.
"I was glad to be part of the excitement, but I don't like being bald...it's cold outside,” Carswell said. “But, I am glad we warmed some children's hearts with this community outreach."