Estill Middle/High School 1st Annual GATOR PRIDE Day

Estill Middle/High School Principal Johnnie Miller, Jr. announced this week that he is incredibly proud of the attendance of 40 individuals including alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students, community members and other stakeholders at the 1st Annual GATOR PRIDE Day that was held Saturday, July 22.

GATOR PRIDE Day is an event that Miller has established and would like to continue annually. This is an opportunity to involve everyone who has an investment in the lives of the students at Estill Middle/High School.

“The adults must be the first partakers of the pride they would like to see the students exhibit,” stated Miller. It is his desire that all parties involved will believe in the power of WE. One of his goals is to “empower” Estill to promote the idea of collective accountability. He believes that our goals can only be accomplished through unity and teamwork.

The agenda that was planned for the day included landscaping, painting, cleaning and organization in preparation for the 2017-2018 school year. Due to the demands of lawn care and landscaping, the team decided to spend the day concentrating on that particular initiative. The community, district, and school personnel donated food and drinks for the purpose of refreshing those hard at work throughout the day. Additionally, a community member also rendered his services to cook the hot dogs and hamburgers.  It was also a delight to have two school board members participate in this endeavor, Mrs. Jacqueline Hopkins, Board Chairwoman as well as Mr. Earl Choice, who also donated and fried fish.

“This is only the beginning, we can only go up from here,” stated Miller. Alumni, community members, and other stakeholders will continuously be engaged by the school to serve in various capacities that will ultimately result in increased student academic achievement. According to the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy Analysis of the College of Education for Penn State, “A growing body of research has found that school facilities can have a profound impact on both teacher and student outcomes. With respect to teachers, school facilities affect teacher recruitment, retention, commitment, and effort. Concerning students, school facilities affect health, behavior, engagement, learning, and growth in achievement.”

   Principal Miller, a product of the Hampton County School District 2, is passionately working towards making Estill Middle/High School one of South Carolina’s premier educational institutions. It will be through the continuous improvement efforts of the entire community to prepare each child, each day and in every classroom to be college/career and citizen ready.” Others are already asking when would another opportunity be afforded them to give back to a school that has given so much to them.

 Alumni, parents and interested community members can learn more about how they can volunteer or contribute monetarily by contacting the school at (803) 625-5100 or (803) 625-5200.