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Published on October 29th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Richland One Volunteers Win Two Awards

Pictured left to right are Mike Brenan, Chair-elect of the State Board of Education; Shandon Baptist representatives Julie Crowder and James Roberts; and Dr. Traci Young Cooper, Chair of the State Board of Education.

Ruth Smyrl and members of Shandon Baptist Church share a common strength: a long-term commitment to serve Richland One schools as volunteers. Their service hasn’t gone unnoticed by the State Board of Education, which recently recognized them for providing outstanding volunteer services.

Ms. Smyrl, who volunteers at Hand Middle School, received the Direct Service Volunteer Award from the State Board of Education. In addition to mentoring students, she collects and donates supplies for students and faculty. “Ruth’s service to Hand Middle School began in 2003 when she was just supposed to drop off donations from a community organization,” said B-Linda Rogers, Hand’s volunteer liaison, “but she left that day with a volunteer application in hand and has been a dedicated volunteer ever since.”

Shandon Baptist Church, which adopted Meadowfield Elementary School in 2008, was awarded the Civic Group Volunteer Award by the State Board of Education. Last year church members gave more than 2,200 volunteer service hours and have donated more than $4,000 to the school’s backpack food program, which provides meals to students’ families for the weekend. “Shandon Baptist’s continuous and untiring presence at Meadowfield has enhanced school-community relations, strengthened school resources, promoted a positive school environment and promoted student achievement,” said Meadowfield Principal Dr. Christine LeBlanc.

Richland One extends its appreciation to these exceptional volunteers and the 4,500 others who serve our students every day.



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