WEST COLUMBIA, SC -- Pine Ridge Middle School’s Student Council has been honored with a top state award.
The council has been recognized as a 2020 Bronze Honor Council by the South Carolina Association of Student Councils. The recognition is given annually to schools with a strong record of leadership, service and activities that aim to improve the school and community.
Among the Pine Ridge council’s projects this year: Socktober, an October charity drive that brought in more than 200 pairs of socks; Tourneys for Tornadoes, a day of fund-raising to help purchase classroom furniture and supplies for the school’s “adopted” teacher at tornado-damaged North Central High School in Kershaw County; Souper Bowl of Caring, which raised 1,000 nonperishable items for Harvest Hope Food Bank; and working the school’s annual GOLD-fest fundraiser and car show.
“Honor Council gives councils a standard to meet,” said Pine Ridge teacher and council adviser Brian Schaffer. “It's a great tool to help us measure ourselves and plan our projects and activities for the academic year. It's also a way to provide recognition to councils who have consistently met the standards throughout the year.”
Pine Ridge Student Council members include Braelyn Addy, Tyler Broomfield, Ji”Myriah Buckley, LaMarria Burgess, Ellen Casanova, Allison Castillo-Estrada, Kimberly Chavez Jarquin, Courtney Chavis, Logan Crandall, Jeffrey Davis, Caylee Freeman, Ciera Ford, Aubrey Frye, Zyon Hammond, Andrew Hudson, Kyrin Lavington, Macie McCracken, Marleen Reyes-Cruz, Alyssa Ridgeway, Olivia Rish, Dalin Rodriguez, Kimberly Rojas-Mecinas, Elizabeth Sherrill, Trevor Williams, Tyler Woodward.