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KCSD receives UW Jake Watson Award

Posted: April 16, 2018 5:03 p.m.
Updated: April 17, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan (far left) and (from left) Kershaw County School Board Vice Chairman Shirley Halley, United Way of Kershaw County President Donny Supplee and KCSD Communications Director Mary Anne Byrd celebrate the school district being named the 2018 Jake Watson Award winner.

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) recently received the United Way of Kershaw County’s (UWKC) highest volunteer award for its exemplary volunteer service to the citizens of Kershaw County. KCSD is only the third organization to win the Jake Watson Award in its 26-year history.

UWKC President Donny Supplee said that the award recognizes lifelong commitment and selfless service to the United Way and community.  “[KCSD displays] support that ranges from volunteer board leadership at the highest level, to grass roots initiatives, highly effective fund raising campaign support and community focused results.”

KCSD was specifically noted for raising its graduation rate from 72.7 percent in 2007 to 92.2 percent in 2017. Over the past 10 years, KCSD employees have contributed $765,000 to the United Way while students have raised more than $336,000.

KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan, who received the Jake Watson award in 2013, said that the United Way and school district serve many of the same families.

“I’ve never called on the United Way for assistance and been turned down,” Morgan said. “They fill critical needs in our community.”

The other two previous Jake Watson organizational recipients were Invista and Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church.

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