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Think Inside the Box

Fewer than 40,000 Lakota Indians live on the more than 2-million acre Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The reservation is plagued by poverty, alcoholism, and abuse. The school drop-out rate, infant mortality, and teenage suicide rate is far higher than the U.S. national average. The mobile homes and trailers are overcrowded, with many homes housing more than fifteen people.

In 2014 a group of CDS students and teachers travelled to Pine Ridge Reservation to see how Covenant Day could help make an impact. Their experience was eye-opening as they were constantly reminded of the power of prayer and that although they are more than 1,500 miles away, they can make a difference in the lives of others.

What is ContainIt?

In the summer of 2014, the ContainIt team began working on transforming a used shipping container into dormitory space to provide a refuge for youth on the reservation. Covenant Day interior design and art students supported the ContainIt team providing the planning, drafting, specifying, procuring, and installation of furnishings and materials. In December 2015, ContainIt’s first transformed shipping container was delivered to Pine Ridge Reservation, just in time to provide shelter during the harsh winters. Since that first trip, Covenant Day has delivered three additional containers to the reservation.

2015: ContainIt delivered a 20' that included 3 beds and a student workspace

2017: ContainIt delivered three 40' containers. These made up a family unit with a bath/kitchen combo and a singles unit with a bath/kitchen combo.

2018: ContainIt delivered a coffee house container.

In May 2018, Covenant Day delivered a coffee house container to Pine Ridge Reservations in an effort to foster sustainability and create jobs on the reservation. Click here to learn more.

Student Website

Visit www.containit.org, a website created by students on the ContainIt team.

Make a Gift

If you would like to make a gift to ContainIt, please contact the CDS Development Office at 704-814-1017.

Click here to explore other restoration and sustainability initiatives at Covenant Day School.

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ContainIt Focuses on Housing Closer to Home

The ContainIt sustainability program at Covenant Day School is school is branching out and has started Housing for the Homeless Tiny Home Project that will benefit those in need in Mecklenburg County.

Covenant Day's other student-led sustainability initiative, Restore 525, provides an outdoor aquaponics system for residents of Grand Goave in Haiti.

The students involved in both programs will host the Covenant Day School Sustainability Sporting Clay Shoot on March 15 at Meadow Wood Farms near Waxhaw. The event is the major fundraising event for both ContainIt and Restore 525.

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