For Immediate Release
April 18, 2019
Florence, SC. – Palmetto Goodwill has partnered with South Carolina Future Minds (SCFM) to deliver books to Lamar Elementary, Rosenwald Elementary/Middle School and Spaulding Elementary in Darlington County School District.
The program, which started in 2018 as the first of its kind in South Carolina, was created to ease the burden faced by educators and is one way communities can come together to improve teacher retention in South Carolina.
Many educators are faced with the challenge of stocking their classrooms with books and materials, a cost they often cannot afford on their limited salaries. By providing books for teacher libraries, Palmetto Goodwill and SC Future Minds are making it easier for educators to continue serving the students who need them. After Palmetto Goodwill collects and sorts books suitable for students, SC Future Minds identifies partner schools who could most benefit from the support.
“We are grateful to Palmetto Goodwill for donating in-class libraries to Darlington County’s educators,” said Caroline Mauldin, Executive Director of SC Future Minds. “By simply connecting the dots between Goodwill’s book inventory and the needs of South Carolina’s public schools, this program is making it easier for teachers to teach and for learners to learn.”
“We are proud to partner with SC Future Minds and support their efforts in Darlington through the donation of these books. A huge part of our mission is to help stop the cycle of generational poverty. It all starts with a better education. Reading is the primary building block for educational success and we are committed to serving as a resource in this process.” said Palmetto Goodwill President & CEO Robert Smith.
The program began with Palmetto Goodwill’s donation of 1,000 books to Darlington County schools in 2018. This year, SC Future Minds and Palmetto Goodwill were delighted to accept the help of volunteers from Charleston-based creative agency, Obviouslee Marketing, who sorted and selected books for the 2019 program. On April 16, 1,000 books were delivered to Darlington County’s district office, where they will be distributed to educators.
School districts that are interested in participating in this program for teacher libraries are encouraged to contact SC Future Minds via www.scfutureminds.org.
About Palmetto Goodwill
Palmetto Goodwill is a not-for-profit social enterprise whose mission is to help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work. More than 90 percent of Goodwill’s revenue goes to fund mission related services. Goodwill serves its mission by providing job training, employment services and educational programs to help people overcome barriers to employment. For more information about Goodwill’s programs and services, please visit palmettogoodwill.org or find us on Facebook and Twitter.
About South Carolina Future Minds
SC Future Minds envisions a public education system that equips each and every student with the tools, knowledge, and attitude for success in work or post-secondary education. SC Future Minds champions world-class student achievement by supporting excellence in teaching, encouraging collaboration among public education stakeholders, and connecting private financial support to public schools. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit that works with every school district in the state as well as many of South Carolina’s top businesses, SC Future Minds serves as an important vehicle for much-needed investments in the state’s teachers, schools and students.