City of Hanahan and community provide additional support for Hanahan Elementary

City of Hanahan and community provide additional support for Hanahan Elementary (Image 1)

Volunteers are everywhere at Hanahan Elementary School thanks to vital community support and a partnership with City of Hanahan.

We're in Berkeley county for our Cool School of the week.

It's not unusual to see policemen and firefighters walking the halls here at Hanahan Elementary. They're not responding to an emergency, it's more of a fun call.

Principal Tom Sparkman says, “The partnership we have with Hanahan City Hall is very special. Policemen, firemen, recreation department people, all those people are involved and serve as a lunch buddy once a month. They come in and mentor a child.”

Hanahan police chief Mike Cochran is one of the thirteen officers who volunteer at the school. Chief Cochran says, “It gives us the ability to meet with the kids outside that normal police role. Our fireman's role. It lets us meet with them in a different role, and this way when I see him out in the community he knows me as mike his lunch buddy, and it really is nice.” Second grade student Blair Carpenter says, “It's fun. He keeps beating me at connect four.” Hanahan firefighter Archie Dean says, “It's just good to give back to the kids and give them something to do during the day other than sitting in class all day.” Principal Sparkman says, “Having those role models and people taking time out to show interests in those kids. It goes a long way for those kids, makes them feel very special.”

Parents, grandparents, community members, and students from Hanahan High School volunteer daily at HES. Instructional coach Jennifer Shuffler

says, “We have the best community support. We have the mayor she supports us, all of our fire department, police. Here in Hanahan, we have volunteers that are willing to help. As an educator, there are so many things that you have going on, so not have to focus so much on the little details, the copying, cutting, organizing, and knowing you can focus on teaching because you have a volunteer or volunteers to assist you is priceless.”

Hanahan Elementary also has a motivated young ladies program where successful women from the community come to support young ladies and teach them life long lessons in character, etiquette, and even fashion.

Coming up Friday on News 2 Today, we'll present the Hanahan Elementary Hawks with our Cool School award.

We want to hear about the good things going on at your school. send an email to octavia at, maybe your school will be the next Cool School of the week.

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