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Five School Improvement Councils named 2021 finalists for annual state Riley Award for SIC Excellence

Five South Carolina School Improvement Councils have been named statewide 2021 award finalists for their accomplishments in family and civic engagement within their school communities. Now in its 20th year, the SC School Improvement Council’s annual Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence recognizes the significant contributions made to public education by the nearly 13,000 local SIC members who volunteer in the state’s 1,100-plus K-12 public schools. This year’s Riley Award finalists are:

Eastside High SIC (Greenville County Schools)
Flowertown Elementary SIC (Dorchester School District Two)
Millwood Elementary SIC (Sumter School District)
Myrtle Beach Middle SIC (Horry County Schools)
W.C. Sullivan Middle SIC (Rock Hill Schools)

The winner of the 2021 Riley Award will be selected from this year’s finalists by an independent panel of reviewers and announced during a virtual awards ceremony in April.

Congratulations to the finalists!

Watch the 3-23-2021 edition of "SIC180" 

Tom Hudson photoSC-SIC Executive Director Tom F. Hudson salutes this year's five Riley Award finalists and shares info on the SIC Report to the Parents.


ATTENTION South Carolina Families!

South Carolina First Steps is offering eligible children free, educational four-year-old kindergarten for this summer or fall. More than 200 private, nonprofit, and faith-based school and child care centers are approved First Steps 4K providers, offering high-quality early learning experiences that prepare children for success in school. Classes are in-person, 5 days a week, starting June 1. Many providers offer free extended day hours. Check eligibility, find a program, and apply online!

Carolina Family Engagement Center’s “Ready, Set - Kindergarten!” Family Guides for Preschool-Kindergarten Development

CFEC is pleased to offer these guides highlighting the six areas of growth and experience involved in helping children be ready for school. With a brief introduction to each area and samples of the experiences and skills children need to move through preschool, families across SC can learn what they can do at home to help their child progress and succeed. View or download them here.