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Reaching for All-America City award

Posted: October 5, 2017 4:31 p.m.
Updated: October 6, 2017 1:00 a.m.

As the board chair for the PLAY Foundation, I am so excited about the collaboration and the support we are receiving in applying for the All-America City (AAC) Award. Through our focus groups, meetings and general conversations we have had with individuals, businesses and community leaders, there is one word that is always mentioned: Family. 

As a resident of Kershaw County for only six years, it has felt like Vic and I have lived here all our lives.  Where else can you go and get a greeting while you are filling your car up for gas or get a phone call when someone realizes there is a family crisis? This phone call is offering to house sit or to take your animals while you care for your loved ones. We have lived in many places in S.C. and Kershaw County is the best.

Now, it is time for the U.S.A. to know that we are great and empower our citizens to make a difference for our community. Like any family, we have our differences; but, we come to the table to obtain solutions to the problem instead of only talking about the negative. The AAC award is a prestigious award that recognizes 10 communities for their collaboration and how we work together to tackle community-wide challenges and achieve uncommon results. 

I would like to stress that there are no monetary gains with this award, because the recognition alone is priceless. This AAC designation will make Kershaw County more desirable for outside grants and funding opportunities. 

I would like to recognize some special individuals who are helping in this process. The application cannot be done alone; it takes a team to make this possible. Our team consists of Melissa Emmons, mayor of Elgin; Frank Morgan, superintendent of the Kershaw County School District (KCSD); Connie Frith, facilitator for instructional Support, KCSD; Michael Conley, planning director, Kershaw County; Gina Marthers, vice-president/financial sales manager, First Citizens Bank; Susan Witkowski, CEO, Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County; Cate Goff, The Elgin News; Little Bug Designs LLC; Codrington Banda, Continuous Learning Center, KCSD. 

Kershaw County is the best to call home and the PLAY Foundation is ready to tell the world.


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