The Christmas holiday is a week away, we often hear stories about angels this time of year. Chicora School of Communications has angels all year long, and the school takes pride in it’s community support. We’re in North Charleston for our Cool School of the week.
Throughout the year, once a week, two hours a day, you will find additional willing hearts and helping hands in the classrooms at Chicora School of Communications. They call themselves Angels for Education, a volunteer group composed of community members from across the Lowcountry.
Volunteers work one-on-one with kindergarten through third grade students at three schools to help improve literacy skills. Bob Sauer is president of Angels for Education. Sauer says, “We’ve got twenty volunteers who work on various days each week with the students in their respective grades. When kids are in those formative years of kindergarten and five year olds up to 8-year-old, that’s when they seem to learn the most, the easiest. If there is any easy path, it comes earlier rather than later. So we try to focus on those early years of schooling to get them off to a good start in their learning process.” They’re making a difference along the way. Third grade student Malachi Stevens says, “I’m doing good. I know how to read better now. He said I’m getting better at book reports and reading.”
Volunteers also donate to the Angels for Education Fund, providing an extra arm of support. Teacher Ginnie Huntley says, “They’re so encouraging. Those students are students who need some extra attention with reading, but attention that I can’t always give with 17 other students in the class. So they’re able to take those students away and read with them individually, and work with sonic sounds, spelling words, anything we’re working on in class that has to do with reading. Also, they’ve been very generous and they provided us with some money. Teachers can pick different things, and I picked leveled book sets so that will be awesome when it comes to non fiction reading.” Principal Brian Agnew says, “Something that I think a lot of people overlook I think is just building relationships with kids outside of the classroom. Having another adult to listen to them read while they’re in the school is just one more way to help the kids feel more confident with their reading.”
For more information about Angels for Education call BoB Sauer at : (843) 300-2053.
Chicora receives a lot of support from Communities in Schools, which provides two in house counselors at the school.
Coming up friday on News 2 Today, we’ll present Chicora School of Communications with our Cool School award.
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