Community partnerships provide valuable resources for Angel Oak students

Community partners are helping Angel Oak Elementary as they work towards making academic gains. We’re on Johns Island for our Cool School of the week.

Angel Oak Elementary is proud of it’s diverse culture and community partnerships. Kindergarten teacher Laurie Johnston says, “We have a lot of diversity here. We have a lot of needs also. Families really reach out to each other.”

To help communicate with hispanic students and parents, they have a bilingual family liaison. The school’s principal Jennifer Baez also speaks spanish.

Angel Oak Elementary has a Communities in Schools student support specialist, who helps to establish community partnerships. Right now they have several business partners, including Sweeney’s Restaurant, Sea Island Chamber of Commerce, Mass Mutual, and Kiawah Cares.

Communities in Schools student support specialist Whitney Morrow says, “Kiawah Cares is probably our primary resource, and they have provided uniforms for our students throughout this school year. They also started a back pack program through their women’s group. They put together 60 plus snacks a week for students in need, and we send those home every weekend.” They also purchased new tables for classroom reading centers.

Morrow says, “I think it’s kind of connected us and it’s made us more of a family by knowing that we have those that support us. They have our back. They want to see us succeed, so we just truly value their relationship with us.” Fourth grade student Jeramiah Britton says, “I think it’s cool because they help us with our surprise and with our farmer’s market and help us get our education.” Principal Jennifer Baez says, “Engaging the community and parents is essential to our community, to the success of our kids, and we do that constantly, reaching out to parents and reaching out to community and bringing them into the school, and letting them know these kids one day will be out in your workforce. We have to work together to make sure they’re prepared for the real world.”

The school has 17 business partners.

This year Angel Oak has a new ESOL summer camp for english language learners

Coming up Friday on News 2 Today, we’ll present the Angel Oak Owls with our Cool School award.

We want to hear about the good things going on at your school. Send an email to Octavia at omitchell@wcbd.com, maybe your school will be the next Cool School of the week.

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