The mission of Kenneth Gardner Elementary in Kingstree is to develop leaders, one student at a time. We’re in Williamsburg county for our Cool School of the week.
Kenneth Gardner Elementary has 317 students in third through fifth grade. The school has Palmetto Gold and Silver awards for closing the achievement gap and academic performance. The school is ten years old and named after Williamsburg county’s former superintendent Dr. Kenneth Gardner, the late husband of the school’s principal.
Students audition to become members of the dance team, Jag Force. and chorus. School leaders say Kenneth Gardner Elementary provides educational experiences that promote student leadership, enhances academic abilities, and fosters love for the arts. Principal Dr. Jennifer Gardner says, “I consider Kenneth Gardner a leader in the state. Our students are motivated. They do well. They succeed not just here at school but in the community. We encourage our students to use the knowledge and skills they learn at school in the community. They go out and help in the community.” Teacher Tracy McBride says, ‘Kenneth Gardner is a Cool School because of the Leader in Me. It’s transformed our school. It really embodies the whole child to become a leader. The students follow the process. Teachers follow the process and they really take it on in their life at home and in school as well.”
Fourth grade student Trey Brown says, “Well KGE is a Cool School because we have great teachers that do their best to help us, and well you never know what to expect. We have lead day we have the club, so basically we have so many things i can’t even think of them all.”
Kenneth Gardner Elementary has 26 clubs, including cooking, young artist, crafty kids, just to name a few. Students attend once a month.
Coming up Wednesday on News 2 Today, we’ll take a closer look at the school’s Leader in Me model and special distinction.
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