Darlington County School District schools continue flood relief efforts

Darlington County School District schools continue to announce relief projects for victims of flooding in South Carolina.

Darlington High School kicked off “Falcon Relief at The Nest,” teaming up with nearly a dozen school organizations as well as the community to give support for residents of the Crestwood High, Manning High and Lakewood High communities. The areas around Sumter and Manning were among the hardest in South Carolina during recent flooding, receiving up to 20 inches of rainfall in just a few days, according to the National Weather Service.

The Darlington High School athletic department, JROTC, Key Club, Gear-up program, National Honor Society, Art Honor Society, JAG program, student government, band and chorus began gathering supplies last week and will continue through Oct. 20. The necessity items will be used to create care packages for the varsity football teams of Crestwood, Manning and Lakewood to deliver to their local areas. Darlington community members are asked to bring items to the two upcoming home football games or drop off items at the main office of Darlington High.

St. John’s Elementary in Darlington began collecting monetary donations Thursday afternoon during its Fall Festival. The collection effort, deemed “Coins for Carolina,” will continue for two weeks, St. John’s Principal Jean Taylor said. All collections will be donated to the Salvation Army’s flood relief program to help pay for housing, food, clothing, medicine or other needs.

The JROTC at Hartsville High will sponsor an internal food drive Tuesday and plans to deliver the items collected to Harvest Hope Food Bank in Florence on Wednesday. Hartsville High JROTC challenged each classroom to fill at least one paper bag or box with important supplies for flood victims.

North Hartsville Elementary partnered with Dewey L. Carter Elementary in Florence School District One. North Hartsville Principal Kristi Austin called Dewey L. Carter Principal Wendy Frazier a dear friend, and she said many of Frazier’s students were displaced due to the flooding. North Hartsville will collect toiletries, paper products and non-perishable foods through Friday to deliver to Dewey L. Carter.

Southside Early Childhood Center in Hartsville is also collecting donations for schools in other areas of the state. Southside Principal Patricia Toney said her school has connections with Timmerman School in Columbia and St. Paul Elementary in Clarendon School District One through current and former employees. Southside will collect items through Thursday to deliver to those schools.

The Darlington County Institute of Technology’s Health Occupations Students of America will place a rain boot or fireman’s hat in each classroom this week to collect spare change and other donations.

Author: Duane Childers

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