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home : good life : good life October 20, 2014

4/29/2014 3:55:00 PM
Schools say thanks to volunteers

In recognition of Volunteer Appreciation Week, over 250 Florence One school volunteers will gather at John W. Moore School on Tuesday, April 22 at 6 p.m. The group was serenaded by student singers, praised publicly by John Collins, and personally thanked by the individual school principals. “Since 2006, volunteers in the Faith Based Initiative in Florence School District One have expanded to more than 300 trained mentors, Good News Clubs in every elementary school, and a waiting list in all three middle schools for Christian Learning Center classes, and all schools having been adopted by a church in partnership for all students. “This volunteer supper is Florence School District One’s way of saying thank you to all who continue to contribute to the accomplishments of our program objective for students,” said Dr. Allie E. Brooks, Superintendent.

He outlined the objectives of the program: 1. Staying in school 2. No participation in drug or alcohol use; 3. Refraining from involvement in gangs and violence; 4. Practicing sexual abstinence; and 5. Increasing family involvement. Brooks sets the example each week and serves as a volunteer at McLaurin Elementary along with his wife Barbara. In addition to the faith based volunteers, Florence One recognized other volunteers as well. When asked about the volunteers at South Florence, Carol Hill said, “How do we measure the value of volunteers at South Florence High School?

Tens of thousands of nachos served, thousands of dollars donated, precious hours of personal time sacrificed, 1,300 barbecue plates, hundreds of camera clicks, multiple insights on the work of the school, countless neon lights at a spring dance, dozens of business partnerships. “South Florence High School is richer in so many ways because of our volunteers. We appreciate all the parents and community members who have contributed to the culture of our school, and celebrated the achievements of our students. In particular, this year we want to honor the following individuals: Marilyn Belk, Karen Romanycyn, Tonya Vail, and Steve Camlin.” Dr. Brooks said persons who wish to prepare to serve as volunteers may register to attend the upcoming volunteer training class which will be held in June. For more information, call 843-669-4141 or contact your local school.

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