Light A Fire at St. John’s High School

The Charleston County School District (CCSD) reports that students who passed Algebra I by the end of their freshman year increased their likelihood of graduating on time by more than 75%. Just two months into this school year, 27 SJHS freshman need extra support to success in this subject, and another 15 need English support.

But it’s about more than math and English. Our students need human connections. They need examples of success to show them a different future is possible.

New principal and CCSD District 9 facilitator Steve Larsen believes community advocacy is crucial. “The success of SJHS students is 60% connection and 40% academics. Making networks visible to students expands their context, encourages risk-taking, and builds safety nets.”

Be a foundational part of Kiawah Cares’ ground-breaking program aimed at ensuring student success in school and beyond. This comprehensive program, Light A Fire, will give you several opportunities to make a difference, from one-time career panel discussions, to student interest assessments, to ongoing mentoring and tutoring.

Working with D9’s framework and strategic plan, Kiawah Cares’ Light A Fire planning team will develop strategies and models to help address student and faculty need. Our initial focus will be at the high school level, and will expand to include all age levels, from toddlers to teens. The high school level will work in conjunction with SJHS’s What’s Next Workshop series, which includes interview skills, life skills, internships and apprenticeships, finance, community service and more.

Sign up to be a part of the Light A Fire program today! Kiawah Cares welcomes property owners from Seabrook Island, Kiawah River Estates and all other interested parties.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

– Margaret Mead