Beaufort County Board of Education Chairman Fred S. Washington Jr. has been honored with the 2012 SIC Advocate of the Year Award for his efforts on behalf of School Improvement Councils (SIC).
In addition, the Port Royal Elementary School Improvement Council received honorable mention for the South Carolina SIC’s Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence. The award recognizes the significant contributions made to public education by the 14,000-plus local SIC members who volunteer in the state’s 1,100 public schools.
“Each year, the SC-SIC Board chooses to recognize someone who has gone above and beyond the call to advocate for School Improvement Councils in their community of influence,” said SC-SIC Associate Director Tom F. Hudson.
Port Royal Elementary’s SIC worked with a local church to establish scholarships for after-school care for needy students at the nearby YMCA and sponsored a school clean-up day that involved more than 100 community members and the Town of Port Royal, followed by a community picnic.