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Military salutes RVHS Principal


Ridge View High School Principal Dr. Brenda Mack-Foxworth has earned top honors for her support of the military. She is the recipient of the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom award for South Carolina, the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their outstanding support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. Ridge View has one of the highest concentrations of students of military families in Richland School District Two. More than 157 students have military connections. Additionally, Ridge View has some 20 teachers and staff who are veterans or currently serving in the military.

Ridge View Social Studies teacher Edwin Griffin, who is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, nominated Dr. Mack-Foxworth for the award.  

“Dr. Mack-Foxworth has always supported by military service. On many occasions she has given me extended time off to meet my military duties to include a year-long deployment to Iraq in 2006-2007,” said Griffin. “She is constantly checking on me to ensure that I’m able to balance my responsibilities as a Social Studies teacher and USAR Commander. She is an outstanding principal who goes out of her way to support the National Guard and Army Reserve teachers.”

The school sent monthly care packages to LTC Griffin while he was in Iraq and remained in close communication with his family.

“I feel honored to be entrusted to care for, nurture, cultivate and educate children of military families and it’s even more special to have reservists and other military personnel on our staff sharing their military values with students,” said Dr. Mack-Foxworth. “I am so thankful for the men and women who serve our country and selflessly protect our freedom. I salute you!”

Mack-Foxworth will be recognized at the South Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Regional Appreciation Luncheon Tuesday, March 19 in Columbia. She will also represent South Carolina for the public sector category in the national Freedom Award competition and has a chance to become one of 15 national winners. Dr. Mack-Foxworth is in her sixth year as principal of Ridge View. Prior to becoming principal, she served nine years as the school’s assistant principal.