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March 11, 2011

"An Evening with the Stars" Gala & Fund Raiser

"An Evening with the Stars" Gala Video and Event Updates

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Thank you to everyone who made the evening possible, including the invaluable sponsors of the event. Learn more about the gala and the symposium by contacting the Office of Teacher Quality bycalling (843) 937-6343.

If you attended the event and won or think you might have won a silent or live auction item, and you have not yet received or paid for the item(s), please contact Laurie Barfield, Office of Teacher Quality at (843) 937-6343.

Pictures and More Information About the Event

"An Evening with the Stars" galaCharleston County School District's (CCSD) inaugural "An Evening with the Stars" Winter Gala was held on Thursday, March 10, 2011 and was a resounding success!

The purpose of the gala was three-fold: (1) to increase awareness of public education through community partnerships; (2) to recognize and celebrate outstanding CCSD teachers who have documented success with students; and (3) to fund a Teacher Quality Symposium for CCSD administrators and teachers during the summer that will elevate instruction and achievement in its schools.

"An Evening with the Stars" galaProceeds benefit CCSD's Academic Project Fund of Coastal Community Foundation and will be used to support CCSD's first Teacher Quality Symposium on June 8 and 9, 2011. Because research documents that teacher effectiveness is one of the most essential components of children's cognitive development, the goal of the Teacher Quality Symposium is to positively impact student achievement by providing coaching and job training for teams of administrators and teachers from each school.

The black-tie gala was held at The Francis Marion Hotel. A VIP Reception preceded the gala as a way to host and honor the event's leading sponsors. The evening included hors d'oeuvres, silent and live auctions, dinner, dancing, music by Joe Clarke Band, entertainment by CCSD students, and recognition of CCSD's quality educators.

"An Evening with the Stars" galaOne teacher from each school in CCSD was nominated by his/her administrative team to attend. Administrators were required to complete nomination forms and document data that supported each teacher's effectiveness. Nominated teachers received complimentary tickets. Throughout the evening, the teachers, the true stars of the event, were given celebrity treatment, from receiving "swag bags" to having the opportunity to walk away with exceptional door prizes including a one-year lease for a brand new Cruze courtesy of Crew Chevrolet (won by Tina Kleindt from Laing Middle) and round-trip tickets courtesy of Southwest Airlines (won by Caly Jones from Mt. Zion Elementary).

"An Evening with the Stars" gala"An Evening with the Stars" galaThe costs of the gala were completely covered by sponsorships, ticket sales, and the money generated by live and silent auction items. Invitations were mailed to CCSD Board of Trustees Members, members of the City of Charleston's Chamber of Commerce, local mayors’ offices, event sponsors and other local political leaders.

As Superintendent Nancy J. McGinley shared in her remarks,  the following two themes were evident throughout the celebration:

  1. "An Evening with the Stars" galaStrategic, public/private partnerships are the key to innovating and leading in tough times: In these economic times (with a $28 million budget cut, public education being threatened locally and nationally) and given the enduring connection between education and economic success, public, private, and strategic partnerships have never been more important.
  2. Teachers make it happen: Thanks to the district's outstanding teachers, CCSD's schools are improving and offering world-class choices to parents. An emphasis on teacher effectiveness provides the district with the greatest possible return on investment. The gala and the symposium reflect the importance of supporting and developing teachers.

(Photos provided courtesy of Jennifer Bearden Photography.)

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