Keowee Springs

Cliffs Residents Outreach (CRO) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that spans The Cliffs communities in South Carolina and is governed by a CRO Board made up of residents from each community. The mission of CRO is to provide resources to regional children that promote opportunities for lifelong success. To date, CRO has raised over $3.5 M to benefit Pickens, Oconee and Greenville counties. Springs CRO operates independently to support Six Mile Elementary, R.C. Edwards Middle and D.W. Daniel High Schools and their 2,700 students. It provides funding for student-centered projects at each school which otherwise would not happen, and enlists Springs volunteers to provide tutoring and mentoring help.

Our Programs

Six Mile Elementary School

Over the past two years, Springs CRO has invested $40,000 in the school library to add new titles that kids want to read.  The addition of new books has boosted SME’s formal library rating from a substandard level to “At Risk”. Our goal is to achieve a “Good” rating by 2020. Springs CRO invested in a Microsoft Surface tablet, which allows as many as six kids at a time to utilize their visual learning skills in interacting with the educational software.  Springs CRO has invested in Fountas and Pinnell reading sets for each grade. These sets provide a comprehensive reading course for K – 5 students, with assigned, grade-level appropriate books, testing and teacher materials.  And most importantly, 20+ Springs volunteers have tutored elementary students in reading and math, or mentored those facing challenging living situations.

R. C. Edwards Middle School

Collaborating with school administrators, Springs CRO funded several high impact initiatives in the middle school year. To get all new 6th graders off to a good start and on an equal footing, CRO purchased color-coded binders for each student, which served to enhance their learning and organizational skills. CRO funded an after-school Math tutoring program with special Reflex math software for 29 kids who required individualized help.  Funding included transportation for those who needed it. As a result, the students’ math test scores improved + 68% over prior year.  CRO purchased 320 books to add to the media center.  Nearly all of these were the most popular books checked out by students during the year.  And for the first time, Springs volunteers offered Algebra tutoring at Edwards. Volunteer efforts helped eighth grade students to greatly improve their math skills.

D.W. Daniel High School

Springs CRO funds high-impact programs which are not otherwise funded by the Pickens school system.  In 2019, CRO underwrote the cost of an Algebra Summer boot camp to help kids pass Algebra, as required for graduation.  This effort boosted Algebra test scores by +23.5 percentage points and delivered lasting performance gains. For Business track students not pursuing college, CRO funded critical items needed to set up a student-run store. Students then sourced raw materials and designed or refined a number of products offered for sale in the store. CRO also funded the creation of a two-year AP Capstone course to prepare students to successfully write college level research papers, with the opportunity to earn college credits. In addition to financial contributions, Springs volunteer mentors and tutors helped students to succeed in Algebra course work and cope with challenging life situations.

Advisory Council

For questions about current initiatives, please contact any of our Advisory Council Members.

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