2017-12-08 / Society

Kiwanians present South Kilbourne Elementary School with $1,500

Contributed by John Baynes


The Kiwanians pictured above are (l-r) Mary Counts, Dave Singletary (foundation treasurer), Pat Foster (program coordinator), Bill Cox (foundation president), and Ralph Arnold. The principal of South Kilbourne Elementary School is Samantha Carlisle, (holding the check) and also pictured is the guidance counselor, Shana Garrick. The Kiwanians pictured above are (l-r) Mary Counts, Dave Singletary (foundation treasurer), Pat Foster (program coordinator), Bill Cox (foundation president), and Ralph Arnold. The principal of South Kilbourne Elementary School is Samantha Carlisle, (holding the check) and also pictured is the guidance counselor, Shana Garrick. The Columbia Golden K Kiwanis Foundation presented a $1,500 check to South Kilbourne Elementary School for the Best Feet Forward program. According to Pat Foster, who coordinates this project for the Golden K, an award is made annually to a school in Richland District 1 or 2. The award is parceled into vouchers for about 50 pairs of shoes, which are redeemable at Shoe Show Corporation stores in the Columbia area.

This is South Kilbourne’s first year of participation in the program. Guidance Counselor Shana Garrick said, “This was a total surprise to us—a wonderful award. It’s great we were selected, and it is really helpful to our students, allowing them to replace worn or poorly fitting shoes.”

South Kilbourne is a Title 1 school, with many students from low-income families, living in transitional, shared or hardship housing.

The school, with about 300 students in grades one through five, was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2012 and continues its record of outstanding education, par- ent engagement and community involvement.

For more information, visit www.richlandone.org/Domain/33

The Golden K is a group of semi- retirees from the academic, professional, and business community in Columbia; they meet regularly on Wednesday mornings at the Lourie (Senior) Center near Maxcy Gregg Park.

Members contribute to the Golden K Foundation, which supports the mission of the International Kiwanis, a global service organization of over 600,000 members dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time. The foundation awards up to $ 10,000 each year to charities and schools in the Midlands area.

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