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3rd Annual Gala Raises Record Funding for Teacher Development 2/25/2013

Third Annual Gala Raises Record Funding for Teacher Development

Personalized flagsThank you to everyone who made International Indulgence—the 2013 Annual Winter Gala and silent auction—an unprecedented success, including those 60+ businesses who joined CCSD as sponsors! Charleston County School District (CCSD) and the Coastal Community Foundation’s record-breaking third annual event at the Charleston Marriott on Friday evening, February 22, raised more than $65,000 to support the Charleston Educator Symposium coming up in June 2013.

Cabo St. Lucas hosts at International Indulgence galaThe rain may have been pouring down, but it didn’t rain on this parade of opulent international delights! More than 600 guests enjoyed the food, entertainment, décor, and attire of six different cultures from around the globe: Africa, Monte Carlo, Tokyo, Morocco, Cabo St. Lucas, and Paris…ooh, la la!

Business partners, donors, and community members dressed to the nines and braved the storm to come out and honor our district Teachers of the Year and our star principals. The Joe Clark Band played as patrons enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions, a gourmet dinner, dancing, and the night’s biggest event—educator recognition.

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Car Winner Cassandra WilliamsCassandra Williams, CCSD’s Teacher of the Year from James Simons Elementary, bested her fellow Teachers of the Year in a raffle and won a brand new 2013 Chevy Malibu from Crews Chevrolet. Amy Cario, this year’s Rookie Star Principal of the Year (from St. Andrews Math & Science) won a trip to her choice of one of 100 countries around the globe, along with two Southwest Airline tickets.

CCSD Board Chair, Cindy Bohn Coats, honored all educators by kicking off the evening’s program with a champagne toast, and Superintendent Dr. Nancy J. McGinley spoke about the crucial importance of professional development for our educators. “It takes community support and investment to make a difference in the lives of children and educators,” said Dr. McGinley in her remarks. “You can have excellent strategies and systems in place, but it takes the right administrators leading our schools and teachers leading our classrooms to make the biggest impact in reaching strategic academic goals.”

Amy Cario Rookie Star PrincipalVanessa Hill, former Channel 4 anchor, served as our M.C., while Crews Chevrolet’s Ken French auctioned off amazing items, including a 10-day trip to Europe, rounds of golf with Darius Rucker, and a 7-day vacation in Hawaii.

One of this year’s additions —Honor an Educator flags—was a huge hit! Over 500 flags were on display, bearing personal messages of thanks to teachers from around the district. A special thanks goes out to Channel 2 for inviting members of the Office of Teacher Effectiveness to run a phone bank last week to boost flag sales! The flags will be sent to the honored educators this week as gifts.

Fort Johnson Middle“Educator effectiveness is the key to student achievement, and we’re thrilled to honor outstanding teachers and principals making a difference in the lives of children. Of course, we couldn’t do this without the support of many great business and community leaders, including Southwest Airlines and Crews Chevrolet,” said Director of Teacher Effectiveness, Anita Huggins. “The Gala generated unprecedented revenue which will support our summer professional learning for teachers and principals.”

In addition to the professional development funds, over $4,000 was raised at the Gala to provide approximately 575 care kits for CCSD’s homeless children. These kits include supplies and personal care items, and are just some of the resources that CCSD makes available for our homeless and displaced families.

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