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Kindergarten College

Kindergarten College takes kindergartners from a low-income neighborhood school to college for a day. A growing body of research shows the benefits of instilling "college culture" values at young ages, and Kindergarten College's goal is to plant seeds of expectations at this crucial growth stage.

Know Difference

Members of the Know Difference Team recognized that often good news is overshadowed by the bad news in today’s society. Know Difference decided to promote South Carolina’s good news…already existing, dynamic youth programs that have daily impact and address diversity. Team members reviewed three programs and narrowed their focus to Unite Summerton. Unite Summerton brings together students from two local Summerton schools one public, Scotts Branch, and one private, Clarendon Hall, to celebrate and promote diversity amongst young people.

Laurens: Raider Ready

Raider Ready aims to expound upon our existing ninth grade bridge program. The transition from four small community schools to one large 4A/5A high school is difficult for all students, but particularly for at-risk students. The bridge program currently serves approximately 60 students (fifteen from each school) and is essentially focused around extension activities involving reading and mathematics. The existing bridge program meets Monday-Thursday beginning on June 7 and ending on June 24 from 8 AM until 12 PM daily. Parents provide transportation.

LCV8

LCV8 group members chose to focus on the retention rate of teachers in the Lowcountry with a specific focus on Brentwood Middle School. After examining demographic data on the school, teachers, and students, group members found a disconnect existing between the teacher population and its relationships to both the students and the district administration. LCV8 proposed many changes that should take place in order to reduce the turnover rate among teachers at Brentwood.

Leaders for Literacy

The Leaders for Literacy joined forces with Monaview Elementary to promote literacy and specifically support the Men Who Read program. Monaview Elementary is a unique school in Greenville County with a minority enrollment of 68% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the South Carolina state average of 49%. Monaview’s Men Who Read, Dress for Success program was created several years ago to bridge the gap between male and female students’ standardized test scores in Reading and English Language Arts.

Leadership Landscape

The Leadership Landscape Speaker Series is a program designed to bring local leaders with diverse backgrounds, and from a variety of different industries, into public elementary, middle and high schools to talk to students about the path to professional success. Many of the speakers identified for this series will share the characteristic of being distinctive in their respective fields due to their gender, racial, or ethnic background.

Marion: ReCapturing Kids Hearts

Recapturing Kids Hearts, a community action project which will bring together a diverse group of people to impact the lives of some of our students who are in the most need, seeks to provide them with opportunities to be college and/or career ready. The district’s mission is to educate, prepare and inspire all students and this includes students who are at-risk of not being college and/or career ready due to various factors.

Melanges

The group anticipates exciting and unique activities in the schools drawing on the creativity of the teachers and the resources of our team. Team members hope that music, art, literature, poetry, social studies, geography, sports, etc., will be encompassed in the “Diversity Awareness Week” and the team is committed to ensuring that these activities not cost the school anything as Team Melange will provide the resources to staff and promote the week as needed.

Midlands Mix

The Midlands Mix will assist a Midlands high school in developing a keener appreciation for its diverse student population by providing a forum for students to mix, engage in self-selected activities, and form trusting relationships. During spring 2008, students will be led in facilitated exercises and discussions that will result in the formation of an on-going student organization that will be formally organized during the 2008 – 2009 school year.

Mix It Up

Mix It Up utilized a previously established national program named Mix It Up. The program is designed for high school students to spend one session of lunch sitting with randomly selected students, as opposed to their standard group of friends. Once at the table with these new students, a facilitator walks them through some questions about the similarities and differences they have with these new students as well as their typical lunch mates. Mix It Up took this idea and implemented it in the cafeterias at Michelin, NA headquarters and at the Greenville Health System.