At Carrollwood Day School, our commitment to holistic education extends beyond the confines of the classroom. For the past few years, the Duke of Edinburgh Award (DOE), led by upper school counselor, Pedro Miller, has been instrumental in providing students with transformative experiences in the great outdoors. This year's final outdoor adventure was no exception, as DOE wrapped up the season with an unforgettable trip to Juniper Springs Recreational Area.
Amidst the serene beauty of nature and perfect weather, our students immersed themselves in a weekend filled with adventure and camaraderie. However, what truly exemplified the spirit of CDS and DOE was an unexpected gesture encountered by one of our camping groups. Upon returning to their site, they discovered a heartfelt handwritten note left behind by fellow campers from out of state.
This simple act of kindness served as a poignant reminder of the values instilled in our students and the community ethos cultivated at CDS. It reaffirmed the importance of going above and beyond for our students and families, fostering a culture of empathy, respect, and connection.
A special acknowledgment goes to Mr. Miller, Mrs. Morillo, Mr. Firestone, and Mr. Babbitt, a dedicated parent volunteer, for their unwavering commitment to our students' well-being. Their willingness to embrace challenges, from devouring dehydrated meals to trekking 12 miles under the sun, is a testament to the extraordinary lengths our educators go to to ensure enriching experiences for our students.
As we celebrate another successful DOE excursion, we look forward to continuing our journey of outdoor exploration, fostering resilience, leadership, and a profound appreciation for the world around us.