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Boulder Bluff Elementary employees recognized for contributions to Trident United Way

Published Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Photo from TUW luncheon

Employees of Boulder Bluff Elementary celebrate after hearing the details of their increase in donations to Trident United Way. (BCSD photo) MORE PHOTOS

“Humbling.” That’s how the actions of teachers and staff members at Boulder Bluff Elementary School were described at a special luncheon Wednesday.

Boulder Bluff is among five Berkeley County School District employee groups being recognized for a substantial increase in donations to the district's Trident United Way (TUW) campaign.

The campaign focuses specifically on Berkeley County, with all funds raised potentially helping BCSD children and families in need. BBE Principal Andrea Salters said the thought of the campaign’s impact on students at BBE and elsewhere in the district ignited a spark.

“It made them want to do more than what we had been doing,” Mrs. Salters said.

BBE saw a 69 percent increase in donations from 2016 to 2017 with teachers and staff members raising $2,254.

Wednesday’s luncheon was to recognize the large increase in giving and formally thank everyone working at the school. It was a simple meal – baked spaghetti, salad and ice cream, but Mrs. Salters said it meant the world to her team.

“It makes me feel very excited, simply because a lot of what Trident United Way does, it goes back to our families. My staff never thinks about themselves. They always think about our students and what’s in our students’ best interest. Receiving this recognition was really a definite, positive recognition that we were excited about,” she said.

BCSD Superintendent Dr. Eddie Ingram was in attendance and said he’s thankful for what teachers and staff members at Boulder Bluff did for TUW, as well as what they do each day for the students at the school.

“For what you do every day, I cannot possibly thank you enough. It’s the most noble work, I believe,” Dr. Ingram said.

He described the commitment shown as an act of love, selfless and a calling. He said he believes the future of the Boulder Bluff community is in good hands.

“I want you to feel safe, appreciated and like you are being treated with dignity and respect. That starts from the top, it starts with me. From that standpoint, I want to sincerely thank you for everything you do.”

TUW President and CEO Chris Kerrigan said the generosity of employees at BBE is “unbelievable.” He attended the luncheon to personally thank everyone in attendance.

“It would have been real easy for me to drop an email… but I really wanted to come out today on behalf of 150,000 people, just last year – just in Berkeley, Dorchester and Charleston County that are helped by your unbelievable generosity and support.”

TUW Director of Corporate Development Kristin Raymond said the fact that teachers and staff members at Boulder Bluff are impacting the community the way they do EVERY DAY and donating to TUW in a big way on top of that is “humbling.”

“There’s something special about ya’ll,” she said. “There’s something special about Berkeley County School District.”

Other BCSD employee groups being recognized in similar ways for large increases in donations to TUW for 2017 are Cane Bay Middle, Berkeley Middle College, Berkeley High and the BCSD operations/maintenance team.

Across all campuses and offices, BCSD raised nearly $140,000 for Trident United Way in 2017.

Brian Troutman