Citadel Athletics Partners with Communities in Schools for Local Education Project

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Two weeks ago, The Citadel Athletic Department and the local community partnered with Communities in Schools to help with efforts in educating Sanders- Clyde elementary and middle school students with an important hygiene class.

Over the last year, the athletic department and Communities in Schools have joined together to help Sanders-Clyde with various outreach programs such as providing event tickets, sports equipment, jerseys and now products for the school’s hygiene class.

Sanders-Clyde is aware of how important it is to teach their students the basics of hygiene and they do so through class instruction. Communities in Schools reached out to our athletic department to help raise awareness of Sanders-Clyde’s efforts by providing the opportunity for The Citadel staff and community to donate products such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, body wash, shaving cream, combs, razors and more.

The athletic department staff received an email asking for these products and almost immediately the donations started pouring in. Coach Huddleston’s teams donated a box full of shampoo and soap that the team collects during road trips. Several staff members donated a number of different products from the list that Sanders-Clyde needed for their class instruction.

After about a week, The Citadel athletic department donated two full baskets of hygiene products. The class took place last week and with the help of The Citadel staff, Sanders-Clyde was able to have a successful and informative session with their students as well as being able to provide each student with their own hygiene bag to take home.

Communities in School and Sanders-Clyde were extremely grateful for our staff’s participation and donations. This important class could not have taken place without the generous donation of various products given by The Citadel and the local downtown community.

Communities in Schools of the Charleston Area is a drop-out prevention program that surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. This nonprofit has been serving Charleston for 24 years and works with approximately 10,700 students in 23 Charleston and Berkeley counties.

Last year, 93% of the students did graduate and of those 73% were accepted to college and 11% joined the military. None of this would be possible without the incredible diligence and guidance of Student Support Specialists, who work within each school to case manage the students most in jeopardy of dropping out and offer a number of services, including counseling and mentoring, anti-bullying curriculum as well as hygiene lessons.

If you would like to learn more about Communities in Schools please visit their website at http://www.cischarleston.org/.

-Ryan Powell-
Marketing Coordinator

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