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School District Five teachers, support staff surprised with thank you awards

For Immediate Release – September 1, 2020



School District Five teachers, support staff surprised with thank you awards

IRMO – Twenty-five teachers and support staff members from Lexington-Richland School District Five received a big surprise Aug. 26, as a thank you reward for all they do for School District Five.


Through a donation from Horace Mann Insurance, the District Five Foundation provided twenty-five $100 awards to staff during a virtual district-wide event. The district’s Teacher P.A.S.S. (Perfect Attendance Spells Success) Program was implemented in the 2017-2018 school year to encourage teachers to earn perfect attendance.  


“Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 our Teacher P.A.S.S. program had to be revisited because attendance was challenged and no one had perfect attendance,” said David Stanley of David Stanley & Associates. “We know educators wanted to be in the classroom and giving back to those we serve has and remains a cornerstone to our deep-rooted culture of supporting the educational community.  We came up with a random drawing idea this year because we wanted to still celebrate teachers and support staff and say thank you to them for the work they do each day.”


David Stanley & Associates, a primary provider of Horace Mann Insurance, donated the funds to the District Five Foundation, and winners were selected through a random drawing of teachers and school support staff.


This year’s recipients included: Ronald Bridges (Academy For Success), Michele Thiret (Ballentine Elementary), Michael Diaz (Center for Advanced Technical Studies), Erin Seel (Chapin Elementary), Billie Williams (Chapin High), Heather Mims (Chapin Intermediate), Donna Bowman (Chapin Middle), Teon Petree (CrossRoads Intermediate), Phillip Westrick (District Office), Deema Abu Abdo (Dutch Fork Elementary), Carol Jackson (Dutch Fork High), Randolph Long (Dutch Fork Middle), Bailee Crouse (H. E. Corley Elementary), Brenna Lamprey (Harbison West Elementary), Morgan Rohrbaugh (Irmo Elementary), Sara Crawford (Irmo High), Windy Jones (Irmo Middle), Linda Robinson (Transportation), Cynthia Matthews (Lake Murray Elementary), Debra Caldwell (Leaphart Elementary), Kathleen Coskrey (Nursery Road Elementary), Keisha Evering-Cook (Oak Pointe Elementary), Sharon Giordano (River Springs Elementary), Samuel Lowman (Seven Oaks Elementary), and Brantley Pressley (Spring Hill High).


The Teacher P.A.S.S. Program is modeled after a former incentive Horace Mann created in School District Five for students, which provided bikes for students earning perfect attendance. During the 2017-2018 school year, the company piloted a student program in several schools, providing scooters for students displaying positive behavior.