Sand Hill Elementary School provides fun and engaging environment with clubs, service dog and service learning projects

At Sand Hill Elementary School in Summerville, students are focused on three words, learning, growing, and serving.  We’re in Dorchester county for our Cool School of the week.

Sand Hill Elementary School opened this year in a state of the art building in the Summers Corner community.  Students have access to advanced technology including H-P Streams, iPads, interactive smart boards, media production room, engineering lab, and five computer labs.

Sand Hill has 24 clubs during half day Wednesdays.  Principal Dr. Wally Baird says,  “We have a robotics club. We have a cyberpiper team.  We have choral programs. We have programs for kids interested in board games or card games, reading clubs, math clubs all sort of interest.  It exposes them to different career and college readiness classes in the future.  The clubs offer another person for them to have a contact with to have that one on one relationship.”

In the cyberpiper club, students are writing code.  “We provide an opportunity for them to work on coding activities, digital publishing, really focusing on those 21st century technologies skills for them to apply and practice,” says Melissa Young, the school’s instructional technology specialist.  “They’re working on a coding activity now from the site getting ready as we prepare for the hour of code coming up in December,” Young says. “Having our third, fourth, and fifth graders code now we really prepare them for their future careers.”   Fourth-grade student Max Zupancic says, “I can drag blocks and put them in the slots to make the characters move.  When I’m older.  I want to do coding, and go to school for film and editing and hopefully produce my own game and stuff.  I feel like this will help me.”

The school’s safety patrol is on the job, as Harper the school’s therapy dog serves as a good behavior incentive for students.  Each grade level completes a school based service project and a community based service project.   Dr. Baird says,  “We want our children to learn as much as they can and grow, so they can serve the community and serve others.  Service learning is a huge part of our curriculum.”  Fifth-grade student Leland Reynolds says, “It makes me feel good about myself what I can do for other people.”

Planned service projects include Pennies for Patients, Special Olympics, and Relay for Life.

Coming up Friday on News 2.. we’ll present sand hill with our cool school award.

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