This Week

December 8, 2019

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Holiday Events to Feature Performing Arts Students

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Upcoming Schedule of Programs

December 10 - Carver Holiday Concert, 6:00 p.m., School Multi-purpose room

December 10 - Lester Christmas Concert, 6:00 p.m., Cafeteria

December 12 - South Florence Orchestra Winter Concert, 11:00 a.m., Auditorium

December 12 - Timrod Winter Performance, 6:00 p.m., Cafeteria

December 12 - Williams Fine Arts Winter Concert, 6:00 p.m. Wilson High Auditorium

December 12 - Greenwood Band, Strings, Chorus Holiday Performance, 6:30 p.m.

December 12 - South Florence Band Winter Concert, 7:00 p.m, Auditorium

December 12 -Southside Fine Arts Department Winter Concert, 7:00 p.m., FMU PAC

December 12 - West Florence Chorus & Knight Edition Holiday Concert, 7:00 p.m., Auditorium

Public Invited to South Florence Dance & Drama Students Presentation

South Florence High School students will present a Holiday Drama & Dance Performance on Friday, December 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the newly renovated South Florence Auditorium.

Theatre 2 and AMP Theatre students will perform an original, The Christmas Letter. There is no cost for this event. The performance is free and open to the public. Directors are Kate Smolen-Morton and Jasmine Covington.

Florence Regional Arts Alliance Funds Greenwood Elementary Program

The Florence Regional Arts Alliance will provide $2,000.00 to the arts at Greenwood Elementary, specifically the artist in residence program, as requested by Greenwood Music Educator Chrissy Welch.

This project is made possible through funding from the Florence Regional Arts Alliance's Quarterly Grants Program, which is funded in part by a generous award from the South Carolina Arts Commission and due to the local support of Honda of South Carolina and Mosaic Clothing, LLC.

Ornaments Made Available for Bruins, Knights, & Tigers

The Florence Career Center's school-based enterprise would like to decorate your Christmas tree with customized ornaments to please any Bruin, Knight or Tiger fan. Ornaments are available in any color combination. Place your order at

For more information call Alician Timmons-Perdue ( at the Florence Career Center: 843-664-8465.

Florence 1's Parent, Child, Home Program is In the News

Savannah Grove to Host Harlem Globetrotter T.E.A.M. Up Program Next Week

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Delmae Student Recieves $1,000 from Bonnie Plants

Mia Taylor, a student a Delmae Heights Elementary, is the winner of the South Carolina Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Cabbage 2019 Contest. She will receive a $1000 scholarship from Bonnie Plants which will be presented at an assembly of third and fourth grade students at the school.

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2019 Spelling Bee Winners Announced

Top spellers in the Florence 1 Schools 2019 Spelling Bee are third place, Allie Case (Greenwood); second place, Abby Gainey, (McLaurin); and first place, Cailin Foxworth (McLaurin) who will be recognized at the December Board of Trustees Meeting.

At right: Deborah Cribb, Principal and Cailin Foxworth, Florence 1 Schools 2019 Spelling Bee Winner. (Morning News Photo)

This Week's Giving Tuesday : A Catalyst for funding Local Donors Choose Projects

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Giving Tuesday is a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

On Giving Tuesday this week many teachers in Florence 1 Schools had their Donors Choose proposals funded including Bethany Luhman, (High Schoolers Making Amazing Art.* $600); Elizabeth Collins, (Hydro- Electric Thinking, *$400) Annie Hinson (Equity for All, *$300).

"These small amounts go a long way in helping teachers to provide learning opportunities for our students, and during this season of generosity, it is a perfect time to make the public aware of the need to assist local educators," said Jackie Shuler, Assistant Principal at South Florence High School.

Persons interested in learning more about how they can contribute to local educational needs should go to where they can find specific information by zip code, by school and by teachers.

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Offices in Florence 1 Schools are shifting to make room for the renovation of the Poynor Building which will become a magnet school for Health Sciences.

To prepare for the renovations, employees in the offices of the Poynor Building (301 South Dargan Street) are moving to offices in the School Administration Building (319 South Dargan Street).

Additionally, a large number of employees in the 319 South Dargan Street Administration Building are moving to 319 South Irby Street, formerly the Florence County Library. The shifting of office spaces should be completed by January, 2020.