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PSM students learning the significance of the school's namesake, Philip Simmons

Published Monday, February 19, 2018

Philip Simmons Middle, in partnership with the Philip Simmons Family, Foundation and Daniel Island Historical Society has provided all students at PSM with the opportunity to learn more about the school’s namesake, Mr. Philip Simmons.

Every student in 5th-8th grade went on a field experience to visit the Philip Simmons home, learn about his life and amazing career, tour downtown and the Philp Simmons garden to see his work and watch an ironwork demonstration by his nephew Carlton Simmons.

Students learned specific details about Mr. Simmons and his iron work and were given the time to understand why being a student at any Philip Simmons school is of such significance.

To follow up with this experience, all students are working on a special art project in honor of Philip Simmons led by art teacher, Lexie Benardot. Students will also learn daily facts each day about Mr. Simmons.

A goal at PSM is to make a connection between our school community and school namesake that instills “Iron Horse Pride” in all who walk through the doors.

About Philip Simmons

Philip Simmons is described as a poet of ironwork. He was born on Daniel Island in 1912 and is the most celebrated Charleston iron worker of the 20th century. He's a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto and a member of the South Carolina Hall of Fame. Mr. Simmons died in June of 2009 at the age of 97, but his craft lives on through his nephew Carlton Simmons and cousin Joseph “Ronnie” Pringle. The three Philip Simmons schools in Wando were named in his honor. MORE INFO: