Technology and community engagement creates excitement and opportunities for Whitesville students

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCBD) — Whitesville Elementary is an award winning school with a focus on technology, building character, and family engagement.  The Moncks Corner school  instills a sense of pride that is bringing the community together.  We’re in Berkeley County for our Cool School of the week.

Community involvement is an essential part of what makes Whitesville Elementary special.   When visitors come they take a virtual tour, through the interactive bulletin board. WES -e-s has a three fully equipped computer labs,.. students have access to IPads,  kindles, and chrome books to increase student engagement and achievement.  “They take boring activities and make it fun.”

In addition to the technology focus, students focus on a different character trait each month.  The school celebrates outstanding students who best demonstrates the monthly character trait.  Grandmother Frankie Head volunteers is one of the schools many volunteers.  From grandparents reading to students,  parents assisting front office staff,  to helping with classroom activities, field trips, even allowing teachers special treats such as duty-free lunch, volunteers offer essential support at Whitesville.   Mrs. Head says, “It shows the children that you’re interested in what they are doing, and you’re interested in how they are growing and learning.  If you show them that, then they have more of a desire to learn.”  Principal Katie Taie says, “I think it allows for that family atmosphere, and that;s one thing we’re really trying to build is that atmosphere of learning and that sense of community within the building, that we are a family and we’re inviting their families in.  We’re working together. They’re seeing us work as a team.  We build community partnerships by giving back to the community.  We’ve got a strong volunteer network and we also have fabulous family fun nights.”  Fourth-grade student Jacob Litsair says, “It makes me feel happy. I mean it’s just great that so many people would help out our school just to make the time for others better.”  Mitzi Crawford is a special education teacher at Whitesville.   She says, “We couldn’t do it without them.  It’s imperative.  It takes a community to raise a child,  and we need our community.  We need them to be here and we are thankful that they come.”

Whitesville also gives back to the community.  Students participate in a food drive and Jump Rope for Heart for the American Heart Association.

Coming up Friday on News 2 Today, we’ll present Whitesville Elementary with our Cool School award.

We want to hear about the good things that are going on at your school, just send an email to octavia at omitchell@wcbd.com.

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