Saturday, May 10, 2014
The Jefferson Awards Students in Action (SIA) program announced last week that School of the Arts has been selected as the South Carolina recipient of the award for “Outstanding Service by a High School” and will represent the state at the Jefferson Awards' National Ceremony and Gala taking place June 16-18 in Washington, D.C.
This school was selected as “Most Outstanding” at the 2014 Regional Competition and Celebration of Service held at Lowcountry Tech Academy in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, April 11, for best showcasing the Students in Action program's service and volunteerism goals, as well as for their philanthropic contribution to the community and to their school. They have helped to pave the way for greater volunteerism throughout South Carolina.
“The Students In Action Team work throughout the year to integrate service in our school community,” said School of the Arts Principal Shannon Cook. “This helps our students find what they are passionate about and reflect on how they can use their individual gifts. As an arts school, our student body is now asking how they can use their artistic talents to improve the lives of others and this has become a school-wide initiative.”
During the 2013-2014 school year, the SIA team at School of the Arts has done many community service projects in support of local nonprofits, both with monetary and in-kind support. They use social media to attract attention to their work, partner with various clubs and organizations within the school to increase their impact, and have tracked more than 15,100 service hours within their school community. The members of the Students in Action Leadership Team are Devin Donaldson, Claudia Ludden, Mando Smoak, Jane Hilton, Jessica Martin and Hannah Demos.