Hundreds of cadets spend their Wednesday doing community service across the Lowcountry
Leadership Day only happens once a year, but the impact of that one day is far reaching.
Activities for Leadership Day are divided by class. Freshmen visit local elementary schools, sophomores choose from a variety of service projects, juniors take part in an on-campus Ethics Enrichment Experience and seniors visit local businesses and organizations to learn from Lowcountry leaders.
When the Corps volunteers, it does so in a big way. Sophomore cadets went out into the community, from Wadmalaw Island to McClellanville and as far inland as Harleyville.
From corner to corner, cadets covered the tri-county area.
This year, for the first time ever, a group made up entirely of Citadel veteran students also participated in Leadership Day.
While the sophomores and veterans were taking part in the service learning opportunities, Citadel freshmen were in ten Charleston County schools, helping to raise the young students’ awareness of heroism and service to others.
While the freshmen and sophomores were earning some hands-on experience, the juniors and seniors spent the day learning directly from the experts.
Hosts for this year’s senior seminars include:
- Barnwell Whaley Law Firm
- Charleston County Government
- Charleston County School District
- Charleston County Sheriff’s Office
- Charleston International Airport
- Charleston Police Department
- Dixon Hughes Goodman
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Gibbes Museum of Art
- Life Cycle Engineering
- Medical University of South Carolina
- South Carolina Historical Society
- T. Y. Lin International Engineering
- Water Mission
- Wells Fargo
On average, more than 8,000 hours of service to the Lowcountry are provided by the cadets each Leadership Day. During the 2018-19 academic year, Citadel cadets volunteered nearly 36,000 hours of service, according to The Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics, which sponsors Leadership Day.