LDHS classroom initiative proving a success with public-private partnership

Nov 06 Written by  STAFF REPORTS

In its second month, the L.D.H.S. (Learning Develops High Self-esteem) Initiative in JD Huff’s class at Laurens District High School is continuing to create a positive atmosphere in the classroom while working with businesses in the community.

Every day, every class has a “student of the day”. That student’s name is randomly selected, and they get their name on a miniature marquee, calls on classmates for selected readings, and shoots to make 3 out of 7 goals on a classroom basketball hoop while students clap on the makes as well as the misses, again…for positive support.

Huff’s class has been doing that along with having a student of the month, but this year he wanted to incorporate local businesses so that the students could see how much Laurens companies support their academic success. This would also allow Laurens companies to be aware of the hard work students put forth in the classroom that could potentially translate to the hard work they could do as potential employees in the community.

Students use their cell phones to enter the name of a classmate who gets their vote as student of the month, and companies have partnered with the program to reward the student winners.

The September winners are:

  • Summer Miller, winner of a free meal and movie from Capital Theatre and Cafe, courtesy of owners Ronnie and Debbie Campbell (pictured with employee Brittany Maes)
  • Jake Beaudin, winner of a free month’s membership to the Laurens Family YMCA, courtesy of CEO Brian Harlan (pictured with Marketing and Program Development Coordinator Emily Dasher)
  • Cameron Woody, winner of a free admission to the Halloween Express haunted trail in Simpsonville’s Heritage Park, courtesy of owners/operators Greg Brown and Rocky Elrond (pictured with Ghostface)

Past winners from August included Chris Harvey (2 free haircuts from Foggie’s Barbershop, courtesy of barber Gerald Foggie), Q Dunn (winner of a free month’s membership to the Laurens Family YMCA, courtesy of CEO Brian Harlan) and Lauryn Turner (winner of 3 free meal combos and 3 free desserts from Chick-fil-A, courtesy of Owner/Operator Marshall Davis III).

Last modified on Wednesday, 08 November 2017 21:52