Cool School: William Reeves Elementary


Inspire, engage, achieve, William Reeves Elementary continues to exemplify excellence.  We’re in Dorchester District Two for our Cool School of the week.

Reeves Elementary is a kindergarten through fifth grade school with  nearly a thousand students in Summerville.  The Title-One school has received numerous awards since opening in 2007,  Red Carpet,  Palmetto’s Finest,  and an Excellent school rating for three years in a row.   Reeves received Palmetto Gold and Silver awards for achievement and closing the achievement gap.  Principal Natalie Hayes credits the school’s success to its one-team and family atmosphere.

“Reeves is a Cool School because of the people who are here,” says Hayes. “People make it a Cool School, from the secretary, the custodial staff,  cafeteria, to my teachers, my students, my parents, so supportive.  We have one goal.  We have one mission.  We’re all on the same team. It’s truly a family.”   Fifth-grade student Annie Seabrook says, “They make it really fun.  They engage us in our learning, so that we can achieve our goals later in life. Everybody in the school. It’s a community and a family.” “Reeves is a Cool School primarily because of the sense of community that’s built here,” says teacher Elizabeth Crotty.  She says, “Its woven throughout all we do.  We have it on clubs day, but we have it throughout the day and you can kind of see it in our classroom.” Fifth-grade student Jacob Traylor says, “We had to move, and the first time I ever went to this school. I thought no one is going to beat Beech Hill,  but when I went to this school, I wanted to move here.  It was a great school.”

Reeves has strong parent and community involvement. So far, this year the school has nearly two-thousand volunteer hours.

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