Williams Memorial Elementary, a rural school in the town of St. George strives to keep students active, involved, and engaged. We’re in Dorchester county for our Cool School of the week.
From music to drama, Williams helps students explore and develop their talents. Students here at Williams Memorial Elementary in St. George love their school. Principal Jeffrey Beckwith says, “We have a great arts program, extra curricular activity is a big focus for us. There’s not a whole lot in St. George, so we try to provide it here. We are currently getting ready to start our basketball program. We have two-hundred students signed up for that, 20 teams.. 80 girls in cheerleading programs. We have our own soccer program, 225 kids in that.” Third grade student Anania Martinio says, “School is cool.”
Students have daily fine arts instruction. Art teacher Kari Miller says, “I think it gives the students an opportunity to extend what they learn in the classroom, and build on that in different ways. We do a lot of connecting with what the teachers are doing in the regular classroom. They get to express themselves and experience all the different arts that we have.” Anania says,”I think the arts a lot of people put a lot of hard work into the arts, like it was meant to be for them.”
All clubs and programs are organized and ran by our teachers or staff with the assistance of parents and the community. The school’s t-v news crew WMES keeps everyone up to date. Their award winning lego robotics team, the Wunder Thunders continues to shine. Last weekend at the Dorchester 2 regional qualifier, the Wunder Thunders won the grand champion title once again, and they also won first place for their core values presentation. They now head to the state competition in Columbia, February 15th.
Principal Beckwith says, “We want to make sure these kids have something weekly. Just about two or three times a week, they can be here after school doing things, getting to know their teachers beyond a classroom teacher. Anytime a kid feels involved in something, it’s going to better them as an individual.” Fifth grade student Makel Bowman says, “Our teachers help us learn and we have after school activities like lego, chorus, drama, and other things to do.”
Williams also has student council and a book club. Williams also has Backpack Buddies, which provides food over the weekend for students.
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