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Discount cards and business partnerships benefit CSD

The CSD Community Cards have both longtime returning and brand new sponsors for the 2023-2024 school year.
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Noah Roberson
The 2023 – 2024 Community Support Cards offer benefits to local businesses ranging from free menu items to one time and recurring discounts up to 20%.

For many years, CSD has sent an envelope home with the youngest child enrolled in a family as part of a fundraiser. Inside each envelope are 20 CSD Community Cards worth 10 dollars each and labeled with 22 local stores and restaurants in the Lake Norman area.

Students are asked to sell all of the cards they receive, but if they cannot, the family may either pay for the cards that weren’t sold or return them. Only one envelope of cards gets sent to each CSD family, so if a family has multiple children enrolled at the school, the task of selling is often divided.

With approximately 900 family units across all 12 grades, the hope is to raise $180,000 for school programs through the fundraiser.

The card can be used at any of the businesses shown on the card. Benefits vary, there are some free offerings (such as an appetizer or beverage) at restaurants and others typically offer either one time or recurring discounts between 10% – 20%. 

“My parents pay for the cards upfront and then I hand them out to our neighbors for free,” Keenan Addis said (‘25), “I usually use the card at Sabi and Whits.”

Selling and giving out the cards permits the school to connect with the local community and helps build relationships. 

Selling or distributing the cards also shows a form of role modeling. Distributing the cards sets a great precedent for the younger students to be more involved within the school community.

Community Cards are also available at the front desk of both schools.

Participating businesses for the 2023–2024 school year include

Our Town Cinemas

Poke Lakes

Handel’s

PitaPit

Mandolino’s

Sabi

Main Street Books

Brixx

77 Grounds

Whit’s

Mama’s Pizza Express

Ben & Jerry’s

Clean Juice

Sabor

Kung Fu Tea

Carrburritos

Fresh Chef 

Tenders

Famous Toastery

New York Bagels Deli

Milkbread

Summit Coffee 

 

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Noah Roberson
Noah Roberson, Features Editor. Editorial Editor

Noah Roberson is entering his senior year and has been at CSD since kindergarten, so some would call him a “lifer.” Now in his first year of journalism, he hopes to learn more about writing professionally and on a deadline. He wants to pursue a career in sports communications. He is drawn to classes that will help him prepare for his future. 

In his free time, Noah likes to collect and play retro video games such as old models of Nintendo, Playstation and Xbox. Finding old gems whether it’s at a yard sale or a store is always a good feeling for him. He also enjoys spending some quality time with his family especially before he eventually departs for college.

“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” - Bo Jackson

 

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