PULSE Participants Celebrate Successful Year

For more information, contact Barb Steadman - 843.857.4199

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – May 25, 2012 – More than two hundred teachers, school staff members and community leaders gathered at Coker to celebrate the first year of the Comer School Development Program implementation in Hartsville.

The day-long program included a luncheon, a keynote speech by Yale University’s Dr. James P. Comer and presentations from Southside Early Childhood Center, Thornwell School for the Arts, and Washington Street and West Hartsville Elementary Schools.

Professor Susan Henderson, director of the new Joseph L. and Betty C. Wiggins School of Education, welcomed the audience and introduced the partners in PULSE, a unique public-private partnership administered by the TEACH Foundation, with a five-year $5 million grant from Sonoco.

Charlie Hupfer, TEACH board president and a member of Coker College Board of Trustees, thanked the participants for "giving Hartsville children the opportunity to have the kind of education they will need to compete effectively in the 21st century."

Dr. Comer greeted the audience as "friends of children all" and then described his earliest meeting with leaders of the partner organizations, Sonoco, Coker, the Darlington County School District, and the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics.

"When I listened to Mr. DeLoach talk, it was clear,” Comer said, “that having a well-trained workforce was an important motivation. He also said something that I will never forget, 'It's just right that all of the children get an education that would prepare them to function well.'

"After that first conversation I had a sense that this was a community that could put a program together that supported the culture that would allow all the children to develop and learn well."

Judging from the results of Year One, it appears he was right.

For more information about the TEACH Foundation and PULSE, visit www.teachfoundation.org.


PHOTO:  Sonoco President and CEO Harris DeLoach Jr. and Yale University's Dr. James P. Comer.


Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.


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