Field Trip

Fourth graders from Graham Elementary School in Shelby, N.C., enjoyed a day on the Gardner-Webb University campus as part of a field day organized by the Cleveland County Partnership for Community Prosperity. The Partnership involves a range of organizations in the community, including GWU, Cleveland Community College, Cleveland County Health Department, Cleveland County Department of Social Services, Carolinas Healthcare System, the Cleveland County Commissioners, Cleveland County Schools, the Boys and Girls Clubs, the YMCA, representatives from the local churches, and an advisory board of local community members.

According to one of the event organizers, Dr. Jill Parker, GWU Assistant Professor of Nursing, the field trip offered a small way for the University to give back to the students and families of Graham Elementary.


“Several departments on campus helped us organize the event, including Hunt School of Nursing, Exercise Science, Biology, Honors, Psychology & Counseling, and Sigma Theta Tau Phi Upsilon chapter,” Parker shared. “In the afternoon, the students had lunch at the Tucker Student Center. After lunch, they went to the football stadium, where they rotated through more learning stations hosted by athletics, band, student activities, cheerleaders, and other volunteers.”

Dr. Tom LeGrand, director of the Impact Center for Christian Ethics and Social Responsibility, helped coordinate the event. He and other organizers wanted to inspire the fourth-grade kids to work hard in school and help connect those efforts to more opportunities for their future. “We hope that one day,” he encouraged, “you’ll be back here as college students.”

Learn more about the GWU Impact Center for Christian Ethics and Social Responsibility