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The School Improvement Council (SIC) at Round Top Elementary is one of seven SICs to be named to the South Carolina School Improvement Council’s 2021 Honor Roll for their significant efforts to foster civic engagement in public education.

Round Top and the other Honor Roll SICs will continue in the running for the annual Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence. Five finalists from this year’s list will be selected in March, with one SIC to be announced as the recipient of the annual Riley Award for SIC Excellence in April. 

Round Top Elementary Principal Clarissa Bennett says the SIC has purposefully focused its work on two things. “The SIC has been focused on sponsoring opportunities to engage families in activities that support teacher advocacy, and increasing parent education in an effort to strengthen the ongoing implementation of school programs to address character education through Franklin Covey’s Leader in Me program and closing the opportunity gap with AVID Elementary,” Bennett said. 

Phil Cobb serves as chairman of the SIC. “When COVID-19 struck in March, our SIC team stopped meeting in person but continued to communicate electronically. Reviewing our initiatives, we were very pleased to support the ones we did. One major benefit from both the Leader ln Me and AVID initiatives was that the principles our students, faculty, and parents were teaming together were crucial in getting through the first round of virtual teaming,” said Cobb.

Now in its 20th year, the Dick and Tunky Riley award is named for the former US Secretary of Education and South Carolina Governor and his late wife, and recognizes the vital contributions made by more than 1,100 local SICs and their nearly 13,000 SIC members across the state.