Wednesdays are extra special at Marrington Elementary in Goose Creek, all thanks to volunteers. We're in Berkeley county for our Cool School of the week.
It's a common sight, parents and military volunteers in the classrooms here at Marrington Elementary, located on Joint Base Charleston's Naval Weapons Station in Goose Creek. On Wednesdays volunteers are everywhere. Principal Barbara Webber says, “Our volunteers are what makes Marrington so special for Berkeley county. They come every day faithfully. We have a core group of moms who are stay at home while they're husbands are out serving and they do anything from copying things, to making bulletin boards, to be in active in the classrooms, and doing fluency reading with our students. We have a huge military influence with our military population that supports our school.”
Volunteers help with folders, copies, book making, lunch duty, recess duty, and in class support by reading to and with students, and helping students with math facts. Parent Anna Fendley says, “There is a lot on the teachers, and I think any support we can give to the teachers so they can focus on the students in the classroom I think can help through the school.” Fifth grade student Christian Farthing says, “I like it because they spending their time to help us.”
Marrington serves more than 500 students, 92-percent of them have one or both parents actively serving in the military. Students come from all over the country and all over the world. Terrance Hobbs is in the Navy. He says, “Any chance I get, any time I'm not working or anything. I usually come down and help volunteer, not just today, any time I get a chance off.” Master Chief Billie Campbell says, “It gives me an opportunity to interact with the staff and principal and let them know that I am an involved parent.” Third grade student Paige Rhine says, “They're really helpful, and they make sure the teacher and principal don't have to do everything by themselves.” “There are just tons of people who just want to let us know they are stakeholders in their children's education. We really feel like they are partners with us when they come in and volunteer, and having this many people come in and want to a part of their children's education has been a hugely positive experience,” says teacher Kristen Dellocolli.
Marrington also has a monthly family night at local restaurants. The businesses then donate a portion of the sales back to the school for upcoming family food nights.
Coming up Friday on News 2 Today, we'll present the Marrington Cubs with our Cool School award.
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