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2013 South Santee Seniors & Youth Back to School Picnic
8/21/2013 11:46:59 AM


South Santee Senior and Community Center understands the importance of a good education for all children and that everyone needs to be a part of the process of education. Year round intergenerational learning projects provide opportunities for seniors and youth to work collectively towards helping students gain academic excellence and increase high school graduation rate.

Partnerships, with local schools in Charleston County District One, allow seniors in the McClellanville and Awendaw communities the platform to share life experiences with students in an effort for them to understand their history and heritage; this partnered with the students eagerness and willingness to explore and master 21 century technological skills provide an opportunity for students to seed back into the lives of their elders by helping them navigate the computer network, smart phones and other modes of social communications.

During the course of the school year senior citizens are seen at St. James Santee Elementary School reading to students, monitoring classrooms, attending PTA meetings and other special events; likewise, they’re walking through the corridor of Lincoln-Middle High School for senior day special dinners where the culinary arts department hone in on their cooking presentations, the JROTC stands tall with their leadership abilities and student pride exudes the atmosphere. Such pleasant exchange of communication and shared learning opportunities are reflective of the old proverb expression, “It takes a village to raise a child. “ On any given school day the high energy level that radiates through the senior center is simply because they are happy to be of service to the community by being a part of the community children’s learning experience. 

South Santee Center is the site where Lincoln Middle-High School JROTC regularly attends to record living testaments of local history as told by seniors. The JROTC also receives their community service hours at the center helping with the community food distribution sponsored by the center and the Low Country Food Bank and helping with the community gardening among other activities. Additionally, the JROTC delights the hearts of the seniors by providing special holiday meals and musically performances by Lincoln’s Steel Band. A shared senior prom is enjoyed by the senior citizens and JROTC members.

As the start of a new school year begins, seniors of South Santee Senior Center and Awendaw Seniors hosted a back to school picnic for students in District One. The day was filled with activities and lunch. School supplies were provided by the seniors for all students. Words of encouragement were shared by the seniors to the students to start this school term in a positive manner.

The Awendaw District Fire Department was included in the activities by providing school supplies, fire hats and most importantly fire safety tips for the seniors and youth. Col. Kirkland and SSgt. Tinney along with members of Lincoln Middle-High School JROTC were on hand to help pack school supplies and support the community in its endeavor to cheer students on to the next level. You cannot have community without family and family without community. Education is all in the family and community. South Santee is happy be a part of the family that educates children. 

Sheila Powell, Executive Director

St. James South Santee Senior & Community Center

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