Academics, arts, and fun all come together during half day wednesdays at William Reeves Elementary school in Summerville. We’re in Dorchester District Two for our Cool School of the week.
At Reeves, some Wednesdays are club and career days. Principal Natalie Hayes says the school has nearly forty clubs. “There’s just an array of clubs opportunities for all students, and they get to do something a little different than just academic based on those days,” says Hayes. “The clubs are important in letting other teachers get to know other teachers around the school. Clubs are also a way for socialization for kids to learn how to share, cooperate, and also some of the clubs we have give back to the community.”
Students in the Kindness club made a Tree of Thanks. Stephanie Thomas is an assistant teacher in charge of the club. She says, “We wanted to be able let the children find kind ways and different things they can do for other people, above and beyond the normal things their thankful for, kind of the random acts of kindness.” Kindergarten teacher Crystal Still is also in charge of the Kindness club. She says they have 48 students, “We want to build life skills from a very young age for our students starting in kindergarten that they can take and build upon from kindergarten all the way up to fifth grade through 12th grade, and take out to their future careers,” Still says.
Reeves also there’s also the Science club, Robotics team, Pets 101, Gentlemen club, to name a few. The School of Rock Guitar club is also very popular. Kindergarten teacher kevin bassett got donations to help with instruments. “It gives them an opportunity to move beyond the paper and the pencil,” says Bassett. Learning is traditionally the paper and pencil assignments. What they’re doing here with these clubs, they’re able to think out of the box, move out of the box. It also gives the opportunity where children and teachers they normally don’t see and interact, it gives them an opportunity to interact.” Fifth-grade student Jacob Traylor says, “On half days, it’s a good thing for Reeves. It’s a free day, we have awesome clubs, and we and we can have some fun time. It’s just as good as recess.”
Reeves 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 also received Palmetto Gold and Silver awards for achievement and closing the achievement gap.
Coming up Friday on News 2, we’ll present William Reeves Elementary with our Cool School award.
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