In November of 2014 the Friends of James Simons Elementary was created to raise money to fund a shade canopy in the play yard of the James Simons School; something the PTA was ineligible to do. We were formed in response to a funding shortfall that exists in PTA—limits on how we can raise money and how we can spend it.
As a 501c3 non-profit organization with a board comprised of a diverse group of Parents and James Simons Staff, and working closely with the Principal, Title I Parent Advocate and Team, we can make certain we are helping to address our school’s most relevant and crucial needs. With extensive public school budget cuts across Charleston county the Friends of James Simons has helped fill the financial gap needed to support the James Simons' students, teachers, and staff.
With the help of volunteers, community donations, and our proud sponsors, we host an Annual Spring Fundraiser that brings the community together for a fun night of local food, drinks, and entertainment. Funds raised are used to support our Four Pillars Student Outreach, Student Enrichment, Teacher & Staff Appreciation, and Professional Development.
Our four FUND-RAISING pillars
Diversity is our strength and all our students have different needs. Our Feeding Friends program supplies healthy weekend food items to food-insecure kids. Our Holiday Doves program collects gifts to ensure all families experience the festivity of the holidays. Sponsorships are awarded to students to participate in after school enrichment.
Extracurriculars are essential to a well rounded education. Friends of James Simons provides after-school enrichment classes like Shakespeare and Acting, Poets in the Schools, Drawing & Writing, and Computer Coding, and Community Outreach.
Teacher and Staff appreciation
Our teachers and staff make everything we do possible! We fund their annual Staff Appreciation week in the Spring to encourage and thank them for their hard work and dedication to our children. By helping keeping the staff room stocked we can support their daily efforts.
We help provide needed classroom supplies as well as continued education and professional development to our teachers and staff.