This week (November 16-20), Richland One and other school districts across the nation held special programs and activities in celebration of American Education Week. The annual observance honors educators, parents and others who play key roles in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. This year’s theme was “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility.”
In addition to American Education Week, this week also was designated as South Carolina Crossing Guard Appreciation Week to recognize crossing guards for helping to keep students safe as they walk or ride their bicycles to and from school.
Last week (November 9-13) was National School Psychology Awareness Week, which highlighted the important work that our school psychologists do as it relates to students’ academic and personal well-being.
Along with several educational observances this time of year, it is also the holiday season, a special time to spend with family and friends and a time to pause to count our blessings.
We have a lot to be thankful for in Richland One. We have caring and committed school board members, teachers, school and district administrators, support staff, volunteers and community partners who work individually and collectively to see that our students have what they need to achieve their potential and dreams.
I want to express my gratitude to the entire Richland One family for all that you do throughout the year on behalf of our students. Thank you!
Richland One schools and administrative offices will be closed November 25-27 for Thanksgiving. Schools and offices will reopen on Monday, November 30. Straight from the Supe will resume December 4.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
This week, we hosted an Aerospace Career Day fair for our high school students. The annual event, which was held Friday at Richland One’s Challenger Learning Center, gives our students an opportunity to learn about aerospace careers, training and educational opportunities that exist here in the state.
Now in its fifth year, our Aerospace Career Day continues to grow as aerospace career opportunities and options continue to grow as well. South Carolina is home to more than 466 aerospace companies, ranging from design firms and service providers to manufacturers and distributors, including Boeing and others. Our students had an opportunity to network and interact with aerospace industry representatives and to explore career options available in hundreds of fields related to aviation.
We appreciate the business and educational partnerships, as well as the work being done by the S.C. Council on Competiveness, especially the aerospace initiatives that are underway. The STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) initiatives taking place in Richland One schools fit hand-in-hand as well.
From avionics to meteorology, the sky’s the limit in Richland One!
In the fall of each year, Richland One holds an employee giving campaign to benefit the United Way of the Midlands. This year’s campaign begins Monday, November 9 and runs through December 2.
Richland One consistently has one of the top United Way campaigns among Midlands school districts. Richland One employees gave nearly $99,000 to the United Way of the Midlands through the 2014 campaign. Our goal is to get well over the $100,000 mark this year. On Wednesday, I had an opportunity to speak to the employees who have been selected to lead the campaign for their respective schools and departments. They were enthusiastic and ready to get started!
In Richland One, we recognize the importance of supporting the United Way because of the many services provided by the organization to persons in need, including many of our own students and families.
A recent example of the United Way’s work was the relief assistance provided to local residents who were displaced from their homes or otherwise impacted by the flooding last month. The United Way of the Midlands also provides reading tutors for students at 11 of our schools through the Midlands Reading Consortium, as well as after-school programs at three schools. Other services provided to the community through the United Way include a free medical clinic that has served more than 1,600 people in the past year.
As we prepare to kick off our 2015 United Way Campaign, we encourage you to go to www.uway.org to find out how you can help the United Way continue to identify and respond to critical needs in our community.
Like their slogan says, let’s Live United!