About Us

Our Mission and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

The School Foundation promotes educational excellence in Florence, SC Florence 1 Schools through grants for innovative learning and through high impact initiatives designed to prepare all students for success.

The School Foundation strives to foster a culture of inclusion and diversity where everyone is respected and valued, and supports organizations with the same goals and aspirations.


Florence 1 Schools and The School Foundation collaborated on a Needs Assessment study which was completed in 2009. The study identified five key drivers for success in Florence 1 Schools. These key drivers are three to five goals and can drive program planning.

The key drivers are as follows:

  • Building community involvement
  • Increasing preschool education and links to elementary school
  • Establishing high elementary school achievement levels
  • Coordinating and expanding use of teams in middle school
  • Encouraging innovative leadership at all levels.

The School Foundation will focus on the above drivers and strive to work with Florence 1 Schools on obtaining these goals.

Ongoing Progress

Since its inception, The School Foundation has done the following:

  • Rejuvenated its board
  • Formalized its meeting schedule
  • Held strategic planning sessions
  • Hired Executive Director Debbie Hyler
  • Implemented sophisticated office software for financial reports and donor tracking
  • Revised its grant process to include, among other items, guidelines on measuring a grant's effectiveness
  • Established a Council of Parent Leaders to get input from active and involved parents of Florence 1 Schools students
  • Joined forces with Florence 1 Schools on a Needs Assessment survey to establish 5 key drivers for educational success in the district
  • Partnered with Florence 1 Schools on StartSMART, a school readiness program focusing on preparing all children for kindergarten
  • Created Fellows in Education and Early Childhood Ambassadors to increase awareness of what's happening in our schools
  • Teamed up with Bright by Text to send free age appropriate (through age eight) text messages to parents/caregivers phones

The School Foundation
320 W. Cheves Street, Suite 175 | Florence, SC 29501
843-662-9996 tel | 843-662-9866 fax

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