Druid Hills Academy


Girls Scouts led the audience in the Pledge and The GS Promise Lauren Eckmair, Senior Scout Troop 10 St Peter Catholic facilitated ceremony.

Each scout read a line from the GS Law:

Thank you volunteers, school administrators, St Peter Church and Bragg Financial.  You make this world a better place one girl at a time. — Joanne Shea

Change the Life of a Child Through Reading.  Thank you to all who purchased new books for Kindergarten through 8th grade students at Druid Hills Academy.  Many of these students now have new books of their own to take home, read and share.


With support from Sharrone Powell and Natasha Boyd at Druid Hills Academy, our Daisy Troop 487 meets weekly with girls from the after school program.   Read More Here

Career Day
– Scheduled for April 20. Rotating career speakers for each class all morning.

On January 24, a group of Druid Hills middle-schoolers visited the Carolinas Aviation Museum in a field trip arranged by volunteers from St. Peter Catholic Church. After a lecture on the physics of flight,  each student got to sit in the cockpit of Cessna  and learn about the rudiments of controlling a plane in flight.  While sitting in a life raft, they heard a detailed account of the Miracle on the Hudson, the story of the flight bound for Charlotte that ended up landing on the Hudson River, in the plane seen above. The trip was a great introduction to the world of aviation.

On January 20, 2017, Mike Beigay was the Guest Career Speaker for the eighth graders at Druid Hills Academy. This is the third annual visit by Mike, but each year a new class sees him.  Mike is a civil engineer with a specialty in structural engineering (for BB&T Ballpark, and provided much on Time Warner Arena.)  
He went over the different types of engineering and then took items in the room and asked which type engineer worked on that item.  The students were attentive and anxious to learn.

The Druid Hills – St. Peter volunteer outreach embraces a three-pronged approach reaching out to students, families and teachers to promote a strong, positive learning community. For students, we offer tutoring, mentoring and vocational guest speakers. For families we sponsor events to foster relationships with faculty and staff. For teachers, we fulfill specific requests for classroom materials and support special projects. We support recurring endeavors and those which are offered once a year.  We have opportunities for the school day and those for the evening hours. We offer student facing roles, as well as teacher, or even parent facing roles. Our goal is to respond to the specific needs of our outreach community’s school and the individual interests of our volunteers. Togeher, we make a difference!
Please go to this Google doc for a quick and easy way to sign up

Principal Barnes commended the contributions of St. Peter parishioners, including tutoring students, bringing in guest speakers to talk about careers, providing supplies to classrooms, organizing a Parent Resource Fair,  and staging teacher appreciation events. He emphasized that Druid Hills serves its community, not just its students during school hours.
St. Peter celebrates our sixth year in partnering with this vibrant learning community. Our goal is to serve the students, families, and faculty there. There are many opportunities for parishioners to get involved. Two specific needs right now:

  • Tutoring first, second and third graders in reading
  • Assisting in packing and distributing food from Second Harvest to students in weekend backpacks

If you can help in one of these areas, or are interested in learning about our many other opportunities, please email druidhillspartnership@gmail.com, or swittebort@hotmail.com.

Lauren_Principal Barnes_CU_LendingLibrarySurprised_StudentDruid Hills Academy is a year-round PreK-8 school where over 90% of its students are living with the realities of poverty. Our goal is to help offer a supportive learning environment for EVERY child to equip them will the skills they need to succeed.

Photo: Principal Barnes thanking Lauren Eckmair, a parishioner and Girl Scout of Troop 10 who created and donated two Little Libraries and books for Kindergarten and 1st grade students as her Silver Award project.  This is meant to be a perpetual project, so Lauren will be continuing to collect donated books and place more Little Libraries at Druid Hills.

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Susanne Wittebort (swittebort@hotmail.com)
Phoebe Levine (levinepm@gmail.com)
Jean Miller (DruidHillsPartnership@gmail.com)
Gina Salvati (gsalvati@cischarlotte.org)
Martha Schmitt (schmitt.martha@gmail.com)