INDIAN LAND -- The arms of Indian Land schools are open wide, according to administrative assistant Laura Loughry, and they are reaching out to embrace the community.
The Indian Land schools will hold their first-ever Community Day Thursday, March 19, and they welcome community leaders and business people to join them in "Building a Bridge Between the Community and Indian Land Schools."
The event, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Indian Land Middle School cafeteria, will include presentations from each of the schools' principals, music by the schools' choirs, and time for networking and discussion at the end of the program.
"This will open the doors of communication, expose the community to what's happening in the schools and expose the schools to what the community can offer," Loughry said.
The idea for the community day was the brainchild of Indian Land Middle School Principal David McDonald.
But Loughry, who also owns a small business in the Panhandle, has taken it on as a personal mission, she said.
She hopes the event will allow business people and area church and organization leaders to network both with the school leaders and also with each other.
"The key word is networking, not only in house but crossing that bridge to network together. And the networking will be church leaders meeting each other here, possibly for the first time, business owners getting to know their competition, possibly for the first time. How exciting is it that that they'll be shaking hands and meeting the people they work alongside every day?"
Loughry stresses that the school is not looking for financial donations, just an opportunity to discuss ideas on how the community can work together to improve the schools.
If interested in attending the event, contact Loughry at 803-578-2500 no later than Thursday, March 12.
"We're just building a bridge and opening lines of communication, and hopefully they'll leave with some ideas," Loughry said.
"They may want to sponsor a student of the week program or a character education program, or a club. There are just so many things we can use their help with that we want to just open it up to them."