One hundred juniors and seniors at Charlotte Country Day School have volunteered to act as mentors for elementary students at Rama Road Elementary School through a partnership offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte.
Seniors Scott Philips and Maggie Whitley, co-presidents of the project, act as liaisons with Big Brother Big Sisters staff member Sue Augustine. Among their duties is to instill a sense of commitment among their peers and emphasize a need for consistency and reliability.
Country Day students are paired with a student for a yearlong commitment. They visit Rama Road Elementary every week during their lunch hours and can spend time reading, playing outdoors or doing a puzzle.
The Country Day students go through an interview process with Big Brother Big Sisters to ensure their commitment to the program. Many students participate for two years.
The partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Charlotte Country Day School and Rama Road Elementary is entering its 10th year. Several students from Charlotte Country Day School have become Big Brothers or Big Sisters in college.