Community Outreach at
Drayton Elementary School

By Adriana Jarrard

At Drayton Hall Elementary School the teachers and staff not only put their students first but also their community members.  The Bobcat Community Pantry box, located in the foyer of the school, allows family members to take what they need as well as donate items they can.  The Wellness Committee is in the works of building a permanent pantry box to be placed outside of the school near the walking trail for community members to access items easily.

DHES Wellness Committee

Lowe’s grocery store has been a business partner and has been donating food for several years.  The amount of support the school has received has been tremendous.  The school also has a “Backpack Buddies” program for students to take bagged lunches and snacks home over the weekends and breaks.  Thanksgiving boxes and winter break boxes were also distributed.

The Student Council at Drayton Hall Elementary School is also involved in community outreach.  The students led a drive to donate items to the Lowcountry Orphan Relief in October.  In January, the service project for the Student Council was collecting donations for the MUSC Children’s Center.  The wellness committee will be sponsoring the Bobcat Buddy Blanket Drive from January 18th – February 3rd for 2 Charleston Homeless Shelters.  The blankets will go to One80 Place and Hope House.

DHES encourages neighbors to visit the Bobcat Community Pantry to take what you need and leave what you can.  All of the efforts for the service projects and panty box would not be made possible without the help of DHES family members, local businesses, community members and the members of the DHES Wellness Committee.  The Drayton Hall Elementary School Wellness Committee members are: Carole Spiller, Katie Little, Tammi Spivey, Deana Mole, Adriana Jarrard, Marilyn Carroll, Karen Moore, Dena Ladson, Alysia Upchurch, Erika McAllister and Principal Brian Agnew.  Thank you for your continued support.

This article was featured in the February 2023 issue of Carolina Bay Neighbors magazine.


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