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

Foundation awards $130,000 in grants to F1S

Foundation awards $130,000 in grants to F1S

The School Foundation will distribute $130,000 in grants to Florence 1 Schools for the 2022-2023 school year, grants committee Trisha Caulder said Monday.

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SC Ports awards $205,000 to community organizations

South Carolina Ports has awarded $205,000 in grants to 111 community organizations and non-profits throughout South Caroina as part of its fiscal year 2022 Community Giving Program.

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The School Foundation mourns the loss of Senator Hugh K. Leatherman Sr.

The School Foundation mourns the loss of Senator Hugh K. Leatherman Sr.

The School Foundation extends its condolences to the family of S.C. Senator Hugh K. Leatherman Sr., who died recently at the age of 90.

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The Latest From Twitter

After two long years of postponement due to Covid, we are finally holding Dancing For Our Future Stars on Tuesday, April 26th at SiMT.
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The School Foundation is partnering with Bright By Text to send parents and caregivers tips and resources for child development right to their phone. Text SCKIDS to 274448 to Opt-in.
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The School Foundation is bringing Bright By Text to Florence! Parents and caregivers can receive age-appropriate tips and child development resources right to their phone. Text SCKIDS to 274448 to Opt-in.

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