Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

South Carolina School Improvement CouncilThe Buena Vista Elementary and Summit Drive Elementary School Improvement Councils (SIC), along with five other SICs in South Carolina, have been named to the SC School Improvement Council’s 2014 Honor Roll for their significant efforts to foster civic engagement in public education. They will continue in the running for SC-SIC’s annual Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence.

Named for the former US Secretary of Education and South Carolina Governor and his late wife, the Riley Award recognizes the significant contributions made to public education by the 14,000-plus School Improvement Council members who volunteer in every public school in the state.

Buena Vista SIC Activities:

  • Developed a new logo to rebrand the school as “Someplace Special”
  • Facilitated Early Riser program for students in grades 3-5 who scored Not Met on PASS
  • Hosted programs to welcome community members and new parents
  • Wrote grants for Healthy Air and a sunshade for playground
  • Participated on nutrition task force to support culinary program
  • Initiated Bobcat Boulder to raise funds for SIC programs
  • Collaborated with PTA and guidance to develop programs to benefit school and community
  • Initiated Bobcat BrainBuilder in-school tutoring program

Summit Drive SIC Activities:

  • Implemented WATCH D.O.G.S. ® program, a father-involvement initiative of the National Center for Fathering; first school in the state to adopt the program
  • Runner-up for State Volunteer of the Year (2011) Rob Hall, initiator of school’s program
  • Outstanding success of program led to selection as a project of the Richard Riley Diversity Leadership Institute through Furman University
  • Extremely well-received by parents for promoting safety
  • Positive connections with students on a daily basis

Five finalists from this year’s list of Honor Roll SICs will be selected next month, with one to be named as the winner of the annual Riley Award. This year’s Riley Award recipient will be announced at the SC-SIC’s Annual Meeting on March 22 in Columbia.

Other School Improvement Councils named to the SC-SIC Honor Roll for 2014 are Doby’s Mill Elementary SIC (Kershaw County); Irmo High SIC (Lexington/Richland District 5); Okatie Elementary SIC (Beaufort County); Port Royal Elementary SIC (Beaufort County); and Ridge View High SIC (Richland District 2).

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