BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – A few large checks were presented to some Lowcountry schools this week. That money will go towards making a difference in kids’ lives.
It was a big announcement Friday, an investment of about $120,000 for elementary schools in Berkeley County.
“We’re here today to present an oversized check to Sangaree Elementary,” said Larry Collett, co-founder of Charleston Leaders.
The co-founders of the Charleston Leaders organization presented a check at Sangaree right after they presented another check to Devon Forest Elementary.
In total, business owners who make up Charleston Leaders are donating $120,000.
The two schools are currently teaching kids the “Leader in Me” program, which gives them leadership skills taught using Franklin Covey’s habits from his book ‘Seven Habits of Highly Successful People’.
The program and training cost about $30,000 per school, per year. Friday’s donation will pay for two more years of leadership training at Devon Forest and Sangaree Elementary schools.
“It does start at the K through 5 level. When they’re learning leadership, and not leadership to run a company, but leadership of themselves—leadership of their life; when they start very young, it’s going to take them very far in life,” said Collett.
Charleston Leaders is hoping to eventually put this program in all Lowcountry schools.