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The School Foundation, Florence One Schools to host education summit

August 23, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – The School Foundation and Florence One Schools will host the 2018 Early Childhood Champions Summit from 8 to 10 a.m. on Sept. 7 at the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology Center on the Florence-Darlington Technical College campus.

The event will begin with breakfast at 8 a.m. At 8:30 a.m., guest Helle Heckmann, who is an author, speaker and early childhood educator, will speak on the Five Golden Keys: adequate sleep, movement, nutrition, routine and love. According to Heckmann, the Five Golden Keys is a list of necessities for children to grow into successful students. Francis Marion University Center of Excellence Director Tammy Pawloski also will speak at the summit on how Florence can apply the Five Golden Keys within the community.

The Early Childhood Champions Summit marks the beginning of a five-month awareness campaign on the Five Golden Keys, which will run through September, October, November, January and February. The campaign will take a break during the month of December because of winter break.

According to Debbie Hyler, the director of The School Foundation, the campaign will consist of fliers, posters and billboards, encouraging public awareness on the Five Golden Keys. She also said the campaign will end with a celebration in March.

Floyd Creech, the Florence One Early Childhood Coordinator, said the summit and campaign are a part of a two-part grant that provides screening for children and educates the community on how to create a healthy lifestyle for children.

“It is simple, and it is profound,” Creech said. “It affects everybody.”

Pawloski, who is helping to plan the summit, said the goal is to create an environment in the Florence area that supports children’s development through encouraging the community to talk about what is necessary for early-child development and implement this into their homes.

“My hope is that as a community we will begin to empower people to make courageous decisions about what is best for the growth and development of their children,” Pawloski said.

The summit is free to attend. To make reservations, contact Hyler at 843-662-9996 or dhyler@theschoolfoundation.org.

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