From the Superintendent's Desk - July 19, 2012
Welcome, everyone! I will resume my weekly desk letter next Thursday, but I wanted to share with you some events and community partners that are helping CCSD students prepare for Wednesday, August 22, the first day of school.
Until next week-
Dr. Nancy J. McGinley
Events & Community Partners Help CCSD Students Prepare for August 22
The entire district is in back-to-school mode as parents, teachers, principals, administrators and community partners are working hard to make the first day of school – Wednesday, August 22– a success. There are a host of different activities and events planned and plenty of resources available for parents. Here are three examples:
Hands of Christ Uniform Distribution - Starts July 30
Hands of Christ is a Presbyterian Church (USA) program that distributes free uniforms and school supplies to elementary and middle school students in need living in the tricounty area. CCSD students in Kindergarten through the eighth grade receive two uniforms and a bag of grade-appropriate school supplies.
Distribution events begin Monday July 30. For a complete list of 2012 distribution locations and dates, please visit their website
Hootie's Homegrown Roundup - August 18
Hootie and the Blowfish are teaming up once again with CCSD to host the 6th annual event, a back-to-school program providing children with school supplies and other services necessary for them to be well prepared on the first day of school. This year’s event will be held on August 18, 2012 from 12-4 p.m., at Burke High School, 244 President Street.
Attendance this year is expected to grow as over 2200 students have been invited. The schools that will benefit include: Stono Park, Oakland, Burns, Mary Ford, Chicora, Pinehurst, Midland Park, Dunston and Sanders-Clyde. Transportation will be provided from each school to the event. “Hootie’s Homegrown Roundup helps support Dr. McGinley’s Vision 2016 plan and gets students motivated, prepared and ready to learn on the first day of school,” notes Shelia Grier, Community Education Director at Burke High School.
If you would like to donate, please contact Shelia Grier at 579-4828.
First Day Festival - August 19
This is the 10th anniversary of this important event which is organized by the Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families (MOCYF). The festival is part of the “First Day” initiative which encourages parents to take their children to school on the first day. The year’s festival will be held on August 19, 2012, from 1-4 p.m. at Liberty Square near the SC Aquarium and Charleston Maritime Center.
Community partners will be providing school supplies, as well as helpful information for parents. The event is free to the public. Jacquie Kennedy, Executive Director for MOCYF, says, “This is an important event, because it is truly a partnership with the community.”
Donations are being accepted through August 10.