Posted: Monday, October 1, 2012

Communities In Schools Spotlights Greer Middle School Coordinator as Unsung Hero Award Recipient

Communities In Schools, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life, is proud to announce Greer Middle School Site Coordinator Steven Weeks as one of the five winners of the 2012 Unsung Heroes award. The award, first presented in 2007, recognizes members of the Communities In Schools national network who embody the core values of the organization and exemplify the commitment of Communities In Schools to surround students with a community of support.

At Greer Middle School, Mr. Weeks not only takes care of the middle school students on his current caseload, but often visits the high school to eat lunch with and check in on the students he used to serve. His passion to see youth overcome obstacles, be empowered and achieve in life means building strong relationships, learning what each student’s unique needs are and providing the services that remove barriers standing between the student and high school graduation. Day in and day out, he never gives up on a student.

 “Steven embodies the core values of Communities In Schools,” said Scott Rhymer, principal of Greer Middle School. “He integrates those values into his everyday life, effectively serving and supporting the most at-risk students in the community.

Janice Sargent, CIS site coordinator for Welcome Elementary, was a finalist for the 2011 Unsung Hero award.  Greenville County Schools currently has CIS site coordinators at Chandler Creek Elementary, Duncan Chapel Elementary, Greer Middle/Greer High, Lakeview Middle, Monaview Elementary, Sue Cleveland Elementary, Tanglewood Middle, Welcome Elementary, and Woodmont Middle.

The other four national Unsung Heroes are from Texas, Illinois, Washington, and Florida. All five recipients were honored this month at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

About Communities In Schools

Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Through a school-based coordinator, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical community resources, tailored to local needs.

(Source: Communities In Schools News Release)

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