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October 19, 2010

CCSD’s TIPS Program Embraces Employee Wellness

TIPS eventTIPS Chat-N-ChewOn Monday, October 18, 80 new Charleston County School District (CCSD) teachers from across the county met at West Ashley High for a "Chat-N-Chew" evening devoted to maintaining a balanced life while teaching.  Participants took classes focused on yoga, Pilates, and healthy eating.  They also learned about the wide variety of fitness and leisure opportunities available in the tri-county area. 

The day exemplified how CCSD provides extra support to its beginning teachers.  The event was organized as part of the Teacher Induction and Preparation Support (TIPS) program. By coupling TIPS with the ongoing support provided by school and learning community leadership throughout the year, the district works to ensure that beginning educators have access to the tools they need to be successful, confident, and effective in the classroom.

TIPS Chat-N-Chew EventKey themes reflected throughout the event were partnerships and wellness.  CCSD is proud to work with diverse and committed community partners as part of its Employee Wellness initiative.  At the West Ashley event, volunteers from the Medical University of South Carolina Wellness Center offered the fitness classes; a nutritionist from Roper St. Francis Hospital led the session on healthy eating; and representatives from Charleston County Parks and Recreation,  Heritage Educational Foundation, and Communities in Schools discussed activities that are available to educators in their personal time.  Area businesses and organizations donated door prizes that will help the teachers stay fit and healthy throughout the year.

Following the seminars, participants and presenters were able to network as they enjoyed a delicious dinner provided by Piggly Wiggly.

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