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Leadership Day on Oct. 19 to include 60 learning and volunteering events

Members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets live and learn in what is considered a leadership laboratory at The Citadel. Citadel Leadership Day 2016Cadets learn to lead by managing the undergraduate student body as officers and staff in the Corps. They are required to study leadership and ethics in the classroom, and they are dedicated to learning through service to the community, directed by the college’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. During the 2015-16 academic year, the Corps provided more than 19,000 hours of community service in total.

But one particular day each October is dedicated solely to service learning, and leadership and ethics education. Whether it is participating in community service, shadowing business leaders, or attending ethics training from a global organization, every cadet, as well as many faculty and staff, participates.

Leadership Day 2016 will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19. As the sun rises more than 1,200 cadets— freshmen led by sophomores—will board buses to fan out across the Lowcountry to learn by serving. They will help lead STEM and literacy classroom activities, clean up parks, prepare food and deliver meals. Juniors will attend a full day ethics seminar, and seniors will spend a full day learning from the leaders of more than 20 businesses in the Charleston area, including Boeing South Carolina, Google Charleston, Hollings Marine Laboratory, the Medical University of South Carolina, SCANA and SCE&G,

New this year is a partnership with Soldiers’ Angels mobile food pantry, a program that originated in Texas to fight veteran hunger. On Leadership Day, and once a month going forward, cadets will help run the pantry on campus. On Oct. 19, the Soldiers’ Angels Veteran Mobile Food Pantry and cadets will provide takeaways meals from noon until 3:30 at the Altman Athletic Center end of The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium parking. The next event will be held Nov. 10.

For the second year, cadets will assist with a program called Veterans on Deck, where they help clean sailboats and sail with veterans who are learning the sport. Additionally, cadets will work with more than 20 public schools in Charleston and Berkeley County, including Liberty Hill Academy on John’s Island, to help with literacy programs or to work on school improvement projects

“We are working to becoming principled leaders—that’s our overall goal. As part of this four-year process, we really look forward to Leadership Day each fall when we get to meet, help and learn from so many of our Lowcountry neighbors,” said Alexandria Guild, regimental public affairs officer for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. “It takes months to plan, but the results are rewarding and many cadets continue volunteering with the organizations and schools they visit long after the actual Leadership Day ends.”

In an effort to fully expand Leadership Day across campus, more faculty and staff are involved than in previous years, with one of their activity options being the college’s National Coalition Building Institution International (NCBI) training course. NCBI is a non-profit leadership development organization promoting skills for working with diverse populations.

“Though the college offers NCBI training throughout the year, we are now also including this leadership development course for the first time as part of Leadership Day for faculty and staff, recognizing that one way we serve our community is by continuing to enhance our own awareness and development,” said Book.

Leadership Day is planned and managed annually by The Citadel’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. The annual day of service was instrumental in The Citadel receiving the Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Community Engagement Classification.

“This year we have more faculty and staff participating than ever before as Leadership Day continues to develop into a dynamic, campus-wide event,” said Col. Tom Clark, USMC (retired), and director for The Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics.

Leadership Day began in 2010 with 150 cadets working simultaneously in service opportunities.

“We are grateful for the trust and enthusiastic participation that our 45 community partners demonstrate year after year, generously allowing our cadets to work with their teams, facilities, and those they serve,” said Conway Saylor, director of service learning and civic engagement for the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. “Our relationships with our partners have broadened to include meaningful volunteer opportunities for our cadets and students throughout the year.”

On Leadership Day 2015, The Citadel provided an estimated 5,990 hours of volunteer service to the Lowcountry valued at approximately id="mce_marker"67,209. Watch a video from Leadership Day 2015 here.

A partial list of Leadership Day 2016 service-learning activities can be found below:

TIME (Departure times may vary)




8a.m. – 11a.m.

Association for the Blind

3795 Spruill Ave. (at Chicora Elementary)

Focus on Children program; assisting with vision tests

9a.m. – 1p.m.

Bees Landing Rec. Center

1580 Ashley Gardens Blvd., Charleston

Leading youth in learning about and playing Bocce

8:30a.m. – 3:30p.m.

Charleston Development Academy

233 Line St., Charleston

Reading and literacy assistance

9a.m. – 4:30p.m.

Charlestowne Landing

1500 Old Towne Rd., Charleston

Tending animals and outdoor park facilities

9a.m. – 1p.m.

Cannon YMCA

61 Cannon St., Charleston

Assist with building maintenance and improvements

9a.m. – noon

East Cooper Meals on Wheels

2300 N. Hwy 17, Mount Pleasant

Meal preparation

8:30 - 11:30a.m.

Hampton Park


Landscaping and storm cleanup

7:30a.m. – 4:30p.m.

James Spann Elementary

901 John McKissick Way, Summerville

Hands on teaching about engineering

9:30a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Lowcountry Food Bank

2864 Azalea Dr., North Charleston

Helping with escalated work due to flood

9a.m. – 3p.m.

Ronald McDonald House

81 Gadsen St., Charleston



Savannah Place

1501 Successionville Rd.

Companionship, activities and various tasks

9a.m. – 1p.m.


SC Dept. of Natural Resources

217 Ft. Johnson Rd., James Island

Bagging oyster shells for reefs and storm erosion recovery

8a.m. - 5p.m.

Sea Island Habitat for Humanity

Pumpkin Hill Rd., John’s Island


9a.m. - 2p.m.

St. Thomas & St. Denis Church

1513 Cainhoy Rd., Cainhoy SC, Berkeley County


9a.m. – 3p.m.

Sweet Grass Farm and Jenkins Learning Center students

3121 Plow Ground Rd.

John’s Island

Planting and tending crops for lessons on food sources and sustainable farming

1p.m. – 4p.m.

Veterans on Deck

33 Lockwood Dr., Charleston

Cleaning and sailing boats with veterans

9a.m. – 2p.m.

Water Missions International

1150 Kinzer St., Charleston

Water purification kit building

9a.m. – 1:00p.m.

Windwood Farm Home & Family Services

4857 Windwood Farm Rd., Awendaw

Combination of landscaping and facility improvements and support of Winwood Farm students.

Some of the business hosting or teaching senior cadets include:

Barnwell Whaley Patterson and Helms


Boeing South Carolina


Charleston County School District

Google Charleston

Hollings Marine Laboratory

Life Cycle Engineering

Lindbergh and Associations, LLC

Medical University of South Carolina


Wells Fargo

180 Place

25 facilitators from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies

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