Monday, Apr 9, 2018
The South Carolina Community Action Partnership & South Carolina State Head Start Association held its Annual Statewide Spring Training Conference on April 2nd through April 6th, 2018. This event took place at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach SC. The Theme for this year was “ The War on Poverty: The Legacy Endures.” As we continue to lift the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., The War on Poverty: The Legacy Endures reminds us of the well-designed government programs created and implemented reduce poverty, racial discrimination, and material hardships. This conference provided us with the opportunity to obtain additional resources and knowledge to adapt to the challenges that we all encounter in pursuing our mission and to contest the doubts about the effects of social policies and provides new lessons about what more can be done to improve the lives of the poor. But what better time to have this event, as a legacy warrior is remembered, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his death in Memphis, Tennessee. Martin Luther King III addressed marchers at the end of their route in Memphis, Tennessee with a focus on the triple evils of poverty, racism, and war. “There’s something wrong in our nation where a minimum of 48 million people is living in poverty. That’s unacceptable. We must do better. America should be embarrassed about having people living in poverty.” Our agency was awarded “Teacher of the Year Award”, an award that recognizes exemplary teachers who have a strong long-range potential for leadership and the ability to inspire a love of learning in young children and the “Community Service Block Grant Impact Award” an award that recognizes the impact of the significant linkages made on behalf of the agency to provide effective and innovative service delivery of the CSBG program that demonstrates outcomes that reduces poverty, revitalize low-income communities and to empower families and individuals to become self-sufficient. Congratulations to Montia Robinson, Teacher of the Year and to all CSBG staff. However, we still have lots of work to do! GO TEAM WCAI!