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50th Anniversary

Holiday Cheer Throughout the Years

A Home for the Holidays and All Year Round!

Cabarrus Academy was established in the J.W. Cannon house at 65 Union Street in downtown Concord. The J.W. Cannon House was built in 1905, and in 1968, Charles A. Cannon, chairman of Cannon Mills for fifty years, agreed to let our founding families turn his childhood home into a school.
Cabarrus Academy felt like home at the holidays—and all year round! The first school year began with twelve classrooms. Weekly assemblies took place on the front staircase and in the entry hall. The kitchen was converted into the science lab. The laundry room became the art room, and the music room used the space already occupied by the Cannon family’s piano.
And Cabarrus Academy students were immersed in their community. There was no gymnasium, so the children took P.E. classes at the Cabarrus County Boys' Club, and they could walk to the Concord Public Library for their books. At the holidays, Cabarrus Academy had a float in the Concord Christmas Parade (a tradition that continues today) and hosted an annual Christmas Bazaar where parent volunteers sold casseroles, baked goods, and crafts.
When the school moved to our new home here on Poplar Tent Road, we kept our love of tradition and community. Did you know that our Project Wrap-In tradition was started as a service project by alumna Bethany Corbin ’08? Bethany (pictured right) returned for Project Wrap-In in 2014 and shared, “Project Wrap-In has become a holiday tradition because it marries Cannon’s core values, enthusiasm for community service, and holiday spirit. To see the entire school unite with the community is extremely rewarding and the reason I love coming back to Cannon.” 
Don’t you love it when learning comes full circle? At this year's Project Wrap-In, we collected over 1,200 gifts for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cabarrus County, the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, Cooperative Christian Ministries, Church of God Children's Home, Hospitality House of Charlotte, Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation, Hemby Children's Hospital, and Young Lives.

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