A Moment for Mission

As District 7 embraces a new mission, vision and values statement, Superintendent Dr. Russell Booker will look for opportunities to pause, from time to time, to celebrate a “Moment for Mission.” It might be a story that unfolds in the classroom, an award that demonstrates our commitment “to inspire and equip our students for meaningful lives of leadership and service as world citizens”, or a timely example of living out the values we espouse. In any event we hope you’ll pass along these anecdotal moments when you see our mission in action!
While there’s no doubt education is a profession that gives us ample opportunity to impact the lives of others, there’s absolutely nothing more heartening than the unsolicited affirmation of a parent, a colleague and especially a student. We hope you will take a moment to read these “Moments for Mission”. And remember, those small acts of kindness you often don’t even notice can really make a difference which can last a lifetime.
If you have a story to share please email Sally Hammond or Erika Shoolbred
Dr. Booker’s Shares a Moment for Mission
April 14, 2017
Time and again I’m asked what makes District 7 special. My answer is always the same. Relationships. As one of our seven core values, relationships are at the heart of who we are. They are the essence of what fuels our mission to inspire and equip our students for meaningful lives of leadership and service
In this Moment for Mission, I want to applaud one of our own who has made a ministry of building relationships with the growing number of families and students in our District who are homeless. On March 28, Dr. Close was honored with the Spartanburg County Foundation’s Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership for her work with homeless students and their families. As the founder of a program called C.A.S.T. (care, accept, share, teach) Gloria’s aim is to help alleviate poverty by facilitating self-sufficiency for those families who, she believes, are all too often “forgotten or invisible.”
Gloria’s passion for lifting others up and equipping them for opportunity is truly an inspiration. Her own story of growing up with meager means may be what prompted her to become an educator and a giver, but as you’ll see in this wonderful video tribute to Dr. Close, it’s her boundless belief in the power of hope that’s restoring the dreams and dignity of the “invisible” families in our District.
On behalf of your District 7 Family, congratulations Dr. Close!

A Video Tribute to Gloria Close

The Corporation performs “Go Light Your World”

As D7 celebrated the national holiday that honors the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this Moment for Mission is a poignant reminder of the call that urges us on - to inspire and equip our students for meaningful lives of leadership and service. On Thursday, January 12, Superintendent Russell Booker and our very own students in The Corporation were the featured guests at the City of Spartanburg’s annual Unity Breakfast. Chris Rice’s song “Go Light Your World” performed by the talented students in The Corporation received a standing ovation. Please enjoy this gift of song from our students who reprised their performance during music class on January 13, 2017.

SHS Alumna Evie Tate Helps Boston College Runner at ACC Cross Country Championship

Dr. Booker’s Shares a Moment for Mission:
I am in the middle of a book recommended to me by a dear friend by Bob Goff titled, “Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World.” It is in its pages I am reminded that - we are what we do!
Spartanburg High School Alumna Evie Tate has driven that lesson home in the most profound way. In this “Moment for Mission” she inspires us all.
When Evie graduated from Spartanburg High in 2013, it was a sure bet she’d go on to be an elite runner in college. Now, in her senior year at Clemson and as the leader of her Cross Country Team, she has accomplished that and more. On Friday, October 28 at the ACC Women’s Cross Country Championship in Cary, NC, Evie stopped 20 yards short of the finish line to assist a fallen runner – a competitor from Boston College. Joined later by another runner following Evie’s lead, the three competing athletes finished the race, arm-in-arm, together.
Recently I learned that the conference race in Cary would be the last run of Evie’s college career. Apparently she was sidelined most of the season due to a serious injury. Having just been released, she was excited about finishing strong. I think most of us would agree she did more than finish strong! Without a moment’s hesitation, Evie Tate gave up her own goal for the good of another in a poignant illustration that sportsmanship is always prized.
Goff said this, “I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.” Evie has once again taught us to keep the main thing the main thing!

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