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Pathways to Purpose: Inspiring Our Future Reception


During the month of February, Richland School District Two celebrated Black History at individual school sites and in a district-wide program: Pathways to Purpose, Inspiring Our Future. This program recognized the work of Richland Two community members who have or who are currently making significant contributions to black history and culture. Nominations were received from across the school district for employees, graduates or community members in the areas of art and music; education and military; health and science; and technology and engineering. Honorees have been highlighted on R2TV as well as the district website, YouTube channel and social media pages. 

The media is invited to attend a reception and program to recognize our honorees on Monday, February 26, 2018, at 6 p.m., at the Richland Two Institute of Innovation (R2i2), 763 Fashion Drive, Columbia. The district will officially recognize the inaugural class of Black History Month Honorees and thank them for their service to our community.

The reception and program is sponsored by South Carolina Community Bank. South Carolina Community Bank's mission is to provide high priority personalized products and service to traditionally under-served communities. The bank's support of the district for this recognition celebration aligns with the principle practice of Diversity and Inclusion in our strategic plan. It is an example of how partnerships between the school district and our corporate citizens benefit our community.

"Support for our 2018 Black History Month Celebration has been tremendous, and I am very grateful for everyone who took the time to nominate someone for recognition and for the outstanding honorees who go above and beyond to positively impact black culture and history,” said Dr. Helen Nelson Grant, Chief Diversity and Multicultural Inclusion Officer. “It is my hope that by understanding the work of our own Richland Two family members, our students will better understand that they too can make a difference with positive contributions to our community."

Attendees will also have the opportunity to experience the Our Story Matters Exhibit from ColumbiaSC63. The exhibit tells some of the stories of the courageous students, attorneys and civil rights leaders who waged a campaign to transform Columbia. ColumbiaSC63 is a project focused on gathering, preserving and showcasing images, artifacts, and testimony that tell the story of South Carolinians at the height of the American Civil Rights Movement.