Who We Are

The School Foundation is a non-profit organization that was created to provide resources and support to administrators, teachers, and students of Florence 1 Schools and is the largest education non-profit in the state. The foundation fulfills its mission by building community involvement in local public schools, helping parents prepare their children for kindergarten/elementary school, and by assisting local teachers in the grant-application process.

Want to participate in a play group of moms and children, ages NEWBORN TO 3?

Our Parent and Child Playgroups offer parents and their children (ages birth – 3 years old) an opportunity to come together once a week in a warm and homelike setting. We share insights about life with children through group discussions. This program includes free play and sometimes a song and/or story. We also have a snack time before the group ends. In this way, teachers and parents work together to provide a model of what community means for young children. There are specific groups for different age children, held once weekly for an hour. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 843-758-6872 to sign up or for more information.

Have you heard about Florence 1 Schools Parents as Teachers program?

This is an evidence-based model that delivers parent education primarily through personal visits.

The program promotes optimal early development, learning, and health of young children by supporting and engaging their parents.

The program equips parents with knowledge and resources to prepare their children, from prenatal through kindergarten, for a stronger start in life and greater success in school.

If you live in Florence 1 Schools school zone, are an expectant mother, or have a child between birth - 4 years old, our Parents as Teachers video will explain the benefits of this wonderful program. For additional information, call Melanie McMillan @ 843-758-6871.

Foundation News

Dancing For Our Future Stars Pairings Set

Dancing For Our Future Stars Pairings Set

The pairings are set for the 2019 Dancing For Our Future Stars contest.

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Students learn about computer science

Students learn about computer science

During the January Fellows in Education meeting on Tuesday, participants learned about the computer science immersion program at Savannah Grove Elementary School that teaches students about the basics of coding.

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Dancing queen: Newman plays key role in Dancing For Our Future Stars event

Dancing queen: Newman plays key role in Dancing For Our Future Stars event

With a love for dancing that began when she was in the first grade, Burnadene Kelley-Newman wanted to make dancing available for children in rural areas.

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Great photos from the 2019 Dancing For Our Future Stars Pairings Party! Thanks Steve Camlin! facebook.com/story.php?stor…

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