May 16, 2011

Fairforest Honored for Diversity Leadership

Fairforest Elementary School was honored as an Upstate Diversity Leadership Award recipient for fostering diversity awareness in its school and community. The Riley Institute at Furman University presented FES with the 2011 William “Bill” T. Wylie Valued Lives Award for School Excellence in Diversity. The award recognizes a school that incorporates valued practices of diversity into its vision and mission and promotes these principles in a way that demonstrates that all students, faculty, and staff are important and have the potential to succeed. This is the first time K-12 schools were eligible to apply for this award. Principal Dr. Stephen Krawczyk says, “Being recognized with such a prestigious honor for celebrating and loving our community is exciting because it is external validation for our staff that they are doing great things.” Out of approximately 700 students, FES has a culturally diverse population consisting of about 267 ESOL students: approximately 30 percent of the ESOL students are of Russian decent. In various ways, the school encourages an understanding of cultural and ethnic diversity in order to enhance positive relationships.

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