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Smiley recognized as 'cool school' by TV station
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WTOC reporter Brook Kelly films in a classroom at Smiley. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
Smiley Elementary School was recognized as a “Cool School” by WTOC on Tuesday. Education reporter Brook Kelly was on hand to show why the school is so special.
SES Principal David Edwards said, “Everything we do is about the children, we don’t just teach the kids, but we make everything around them interesting and make their environment, a place where they want to learn.”
According to Edwards, the school has been recognized for achievement in the past, receiving awards such as the School Bell Award. Smiley also was deemed a Title I Distinguished School.  Two of its teachers were recognized as top teachers and Smiley  students consistently have exceeded the AYP standards.
Last week, the school completed its CRCT testing, and according to the principal, the manner in which the school prepared the kids demonstrated teachers’ commitment to  excellence.
“We had worked hard preparing for the CRCT, so the Friday before the testing started, we had a fun day for the children and a relaxing day for them. Then, during the testing, they were well-behaved, and did a good job,” Edwards said.
“Being recognized as Cool School is a nice award but like all of the other awards and recognitions, its all about the kids,” he said.
Kelly interviewed students and teachers and videotaped interactions on the school grounds.  The segment aired last Thursday and can still be seen at .
SES joins Bacon County High School and St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School on Wilmington Island as one of three area schools recognized as Cool Schools by WTOC.
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