About Keowee Springs

The Cliffs at Keowee Springs has 300+ members and 150+ homes completed or under construction. The residents actively support the CRO through their financial support as well as tutoring, mentoring and other volunteer activities in local schools. Currently we have more than 22 resident volunteers, serving over 30 students, and we always have the need for more.

2018-19 Springs CRO Funded Programs (Six Mile Elementary)

  1. Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Sets, Grades 1-3 $11,400
  2. Tablet Charging Stations$8,400
  3. Learning Software (Freckle)$5,000
  4. Library Books$5,000
  5. Summer Reading Program Books $2,200
  6. Odyssey of the Mind World Competition Travel Expense$1,300
  7. School Supplies$1,200
  8. Emergency Funds)$500
  9. Total 2018-19 Funding$35,000


Programs which Springs CRO has supported primarily through funding include: Technology Purchases, Learning Software, Library Books, Reading Programs, School Supplies, Emergency Clothing expenses, and partial Field Trip funding. Keowee Springs CRO is focused on Pickens County Schools. School programs reliant on volunteer support and donations include: the YMCA “Y” Mentoring Program, Tutoring programs, and various volunteering and donation options (described below). Questions about these programs should be directed to Keowee Springs Advisory Council Members.


Annually, the CRO Advisory Council prepares a proposed budget that has been jointly developed with the schools. The community is asked during the Annual Appeal to support the budget with their donations. Questions about the budget should be directed to the Keowee Springs Treasurer, Tony Colatrella, tcolatrella@hotmail.com . Historically, budgetary support has been focused on Six Mile Elementary, but as the Springs’ resident base grows, other funding opportunities will be served at other Pickens County schools.

2019-20 Springs CRO Volunteer Opportunities


Spend one-on-one time weekly in individual or small group student settings to assist in reading and/or math. Most students fall below grade level achievement without additional help. Time commitment is usually one hour per week, and requires no special subject training.

To tutor, contact our Tutor Coordinator: Julie Sherwood, juliasherwood58@gmail.com


Springs CRO partners with Pickens County YMCA “Y” Mentoring Program. The goal is to provide a framework of support to help the students achieve their potential and discover their strengths. Many students need “an advocate, a guide, an advisor, a confidant, an encourager, a listener, and a friend.” If you can spare 30 minutes a week during the school year to be a mentor to one child, it is possible to make a positive impact on that child for the rest of his or her life. The Springs Mentor Coordinator will walk you through the process of becoming a mentor and arrange for your training by the Pickens County YMCA.

To mentor, contact our Tutor Coordinator: Julie Sherwood, juliasherwood58@gmail.com

Box Tops Program

A collection jar is located at the Springs Porch bar to collect box tops from popular grocery items (see www.boxtops4education.com ), which schools can redeem for $0.10 per box top to purchase school supplies. Box tops are collected and provided to the school. For more information contact Julie Sherwood, juliasherwood58@gmail.com

Tools for Schools

By linking your Ingles Advantage Card to the Six Mile Elementary School, when you make purchases using the Card, Ingles will give to the school, a portion of those sales with which they can purchase school supplies. Cards must be re-registered annually at www.inglesmarkets.com/toolsforschools and card holder must select Six Mile Elementary School.

Schools We Serve

Six Mile Elementary School (SMES) is located at 777 N. Main St, Six Mile, SC, just 6 miles from The Cliffs at Keowee Springs. Numerous volunteers have been involved here since we began supporting this school in 2014. The school serves 500+ students in K-5 from the surrounding area. The school is recognized as a “Transform SC School”, One of 63 in SC; making sure that every student graduates prepared for careers, college, and citizenship. See www.sme.pickens.k12.sc.us

R. C. Edwards Middle School (RCE) is located at 1157 Madden Bridge Rd, in Central, SC, just 11 miles from The Cliffs at Keowee Springs It serves 800+ students in grades 6-8. The school’s goal is to provide a quality education through shared responsibility in a safe and supportive environment for all students to meet the challenges of a global society. R. C. Edwards currently participates in the YMCA “Y”Mentoring Program and could use additional mentors and tutors. See www.rce.pickens.k12.sc.us

D. W. Daniel High School (DHS) is located at 140 Blue and Gold Blvd, Central, SC, just 10 miles from The Cliffs at Keowee Springs. It serves 1100+ students in grades 9-12. DHS was originally created in the 1950s to serve the three communities of Central, Clemson, and Six Mile. The current school facility opened in the fall of 2012. Springs CRO currently has 4 mentors working with 6 students and 2 tutors helping Algebra students at DHS. Other CRO volunteers are involved at DHS on activities including athletics coaching and developing a life skills video series. See www.dhs.pickens.k12.sc.us

Keowee Springs CRO Advisory Council

The role of the Advisory Council is to identify programs consistent with our mission that can best support the schools, raise funds to support those programs, coordinate with the CRO Board, communicate activities to our Cliffs residents and encourage residents to volunteer, most notably as tutors and mentors to students.

Donate and Volunteer!

Keowee Springs CRO donations should be mailed to: Tony Colatrella, 137 Hawks Bay Court, Six Mile, SC 29682

Volunteer Newsletter

Upcoming Events

The Annual Appeal, our main fundraising event, is held annually at the Springs in May or June.

For details contact: jameszwahlen@gmail.com

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Our Location

The Cliffs at Keowee Springs is located at 494 Keowee Baptist Church Road, Six Mile, SC 29682 in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, on the eastern shores of Lake Keowee. We are conveniently located just 14 miles North of Clemson, SC.


494 Keowee Baptist Church Road, Six Mile, SC 29682