This Week

November 8, 2019

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The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) is an alliance of local, state and national organizations committed to finding solutions to end the opioid crisis.

The alliance is partnering with *Code 3 to bring the RALI CARES educational trailer to West Florence High School on Friday, November 15. Tour hours will be available between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

The RALI CARES exhibit is a hands-on tour of a teenage bedroom to learn about possible warning signs of drug use and/or abuse.

Law enforcement officers will be on hand to guide parents, teachers, and caregivers through the trailer to educate them about warning signs, potential areas of concern, and to answer questions.

The exhibit trailer is a helpful tool in prevention and early warning sign education. Individuals under the age of 21 are not permitted to tour the trailer.

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*Code 3 is a non-profit organization in the Washington D.C. area that works to build bridges between cops and citizens and build healthy communities.

Listening Session Scheduled at John W. Moore

The Florence 1 Schools Board of Trustees has scheduled a listening session to discuss with parents a plan that would create four middle schools and eliminate mobile units from elementary and middle schools.

This listening session will be held on Tuesday, November 12, from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the gymnasium at John W. Moore Intermediate School which is located at 191 Westfield Drive.

Parents of students at Briggs, Carver, L.T. Davis, Delmae, McLaurin, Royall and John W. Moore, and Sneed Middle are encouraged to attend. For easy access to the gymnasium entrance, parents are asked to park in the school's gymnasium parking lot.

Mock E-Learning Days Scheduled for November 15 & November 19

Florence 1 Schools will hold two mock e-learning sessions to help prepare teachers, students and parents for actual e-Learning days in the event of inclement weather or disruptions to the regular school day.

The goal of these sessions is to ensure that students in grades 2-12 can use their Chromebook to access Google Classroom, complete e-Learning assignments and ask questions through Google Classroom or e-mail if needed.

One mock e-learning session will take place on November 15 (at school) and the other mock e-learning session will take place on November 19 (at home). Each session should take no more than one hour to complete.

For more information, please refer to the letter sent home to parents from Florence 1 Schools Superintendent Dr. Richard O'Malley.

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Veteran's Day 2019: Florence 1 Schools JROTC Cadets Serve the Community

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South Florence High School Naval JROTC will present the Colors at the Veterans' Day Ceremony at the Florence Veteran's Park

West Florence Air Force JROTC Cadets will visit the Carolinian Nursing Home to perform an Honor Guard and sing Patriotic songs for Veteran Residents.

The Wilson Color Guard will present the Colors at Commander Nursing Home. Cadets will also honor Wilson staff who are Veterans, and Dependents of Veterans with a "Certificate of Service" to be presented by the JROTC Cadet Leadership.

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Wilson and West Florence High School Air Force Cadets who will serve as attendants/escorts for Veterans at a local restaurant which will be honoring veterans.

Note: JROTC cadets will serve the community throughout November in recognition of Veterans' Month. Contact the high school JROTC Instructors for more information about additional activities.

Round 1 of Post Season Football Playoffs Announced

Florence 1 Schools is Hiring Bus Drivers

Florence 1 Schools is hiring bus drivers. Basic requirements include:
-Valid SC Drivers License
-Clean driving record

A $2,000 sign-on bonus is being offered. Interested persons should visit the Florence 1 Schools Administration Building, 319 South Dargan Street or contact Ashley Watson at

Let the Spelling Begin!

Students in Florence 1 elementary schools are participating in spelling competitions at the local school level. Those who have qualified will compete in Round 2 of the spelling bee which will be held on Saturday, November 16th at 9:00 a.m. at Lucy T. Davis Elementary School.

Word callers for Round 2 are First Reliance Bank's David Boulware; Florence City Councilwoman Octavia Williams0Blake along with Raldex Hospitality's Chad Patterson.

Students who qualify to move from Round 2 to the next round of spelling bee competition (Round 3) will participate on Saturday, November 23 at 9:00 a.m. at Delmae Elementary.

For more information call Sam Fryer at 843.664.8190 .

C-SPAN Bus in the Community

The C-SPAN Bus has been traveling around the country since 1993, visiting schools, political events, book festivals and state capitals. Over the last 25 years, it has been featured at 8,000 events and hosted 1.5 million visitors, which includes 40,000 teachers and 800,000 students. The C-Span Bus stopped at both South Florence and West Florence High schools this week.


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*Educational Support Professionals Day - Wednesday, November 20

Lester Celebrates Fatherhood: Dads Present Receive $2 Bills

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Chy Davidson (second from left) former NFL player for the New England Patriots, the Washington Redskins and the New York Jets addressed a room filled to capacity with dads, mentors and father-figures this week at Lester Elementary.

Davidson served as the school's All Pro Dads breakfast speaker. Uniquely, Davidson provided all dads in the audience at the end of the presentation with a $2 bill advising the group that IT TAKES TWO.

Read Davidson's full version of IT TAKES TWO this week in PEACHJar.

Photo: (Left to right) Lester staff member Corey Morrison, Chy Davidson, Lester Principal Janette Williams and mentor to students in Florence 1 Schools, Dr. Allie E. Brooks, Jr.

Schools In the News This Week: North Vista & John W. Moore