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NPLM 2008    

Parent Leadership

Shared Leadership

Sponsors, Partners and Donors  

2008 Parents Leading the Way Conference



Summerville Presbyterian Church


Charleston County School District Title I,

Parenting _ Family Literacy





Eagle Harbor Boys Ranch




Berkeley Co. School District


Dorchester Co. School District Two


Dorchester Co. School District Four



South Carolina Aquarium


Riverbanks Zoo


Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina


Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands


Boy Scouts of America -Coastal Carolina Council


Text Box: During February each year we invite communities and organizations in South Carolina to celebrate 
National Parent Leadership Month
     It’s the perfect opportunity to acknowledge parents as leaders and to recognize parents who have  reached out to make improvements in their families and communities. Organizations can  submit the 
names of Parent Leaders to us using the convenience of this website! In return we will send you an official National Parent Leadership recognition certificate for you to present.

     A Parent Leader is a  parent, grandparent, foster parent or other adult who cares for a child and is a role model for other parents, an advocate for children, families and communities; and taking a leadership role in a school, church or other organization.  
    For complete information on the ways you can participate in the 2009 National Parent Leadership Month and the 7th Annual Parents Leading the Way Conference, watch this website.

The 5th Annual


Parents Leading The Way Conference 


On February 23, 2008, parents from the tri-county area and state Parents Anonymous® affiliates enjoyed an inspiring keynote address by  Shearl Jones, Regional Trainer for the SC Dept. of Health and Human Services, followed by challenging and exciting workshops on the following topics: getting fathers involved in parenting; keeping children safe on the internet; counter balancing stress; advocating for special needs children; anger management and “money sense.”

A near-capacity audience attended workshops presented by Kevin Smith, Assistant  Principal, Morningside Middle School, Charleston County School District; Bryan Penberthy, former Communications Manager, Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina;  Mary Ann Olwig and Danielle Berry, Trident Literacy; Spencer Harris Sander, Founder _ CEO, LightStream; Kay Ciganovic, Parent Advocate for Exceptional Children, Charleston County School District; and David Hennigar, Associate Minister, Summerville Church of Christ.

Several community groups also were on hand to tell attendees about what their organizations offer families, parents and children.

While the adults attended their chosen workshops, the Children and Youth enjoyed activities specially designed for their age group in program called “Under the Sea.” The program, coordinated by Sherry O’Cain, media specialist with  the Dorchester School District 4.  CSU music therapy students worked with the children and a representative of SCDNR also gave a sea-themed presentation.

 Adults enjoyed a catered lunch by Creative Catering while the children enjoyed a pizza lunch provided by Charleston County School District Title I, Parenting _ Family Literacy.




    Lola White, left, Director of Parents Anonymous® of Williamsburg County, received the 2008 Juanita Chavez Award for South Carolina. The award goes to the program administrator who has best exemplified Shared Leadership, one of the guiding principles of Parents Anonymous®.


    Lee Nix, right, of Anderson County and a member of the S.C. Parent Leadership Team, received the 2008 Jolly K. Award for South Carolina. The award is given to the parent who best exemplifies strong Parent Leadership as first modeled by Jolly K., the founding parent of Parents Anonymous®.


    Marty Banks, center, Executive Director of Parents Anonymous® of South Carolina, Inc., presented the awards during the Recognition Program ending the PLTWC.

Lee Nix, right, of Anderson, accepts the 2008 SC Jolly K. Award as Sharon Kirby, left, the 2007 recipient, looks on with Marty Banks, Ex. Dir. and Donna Xenakis, Tri-County Coordinator.

Daphie Sellers, Conference Committee, also led one of the “Under the Sea” childrens groups.

Sherl Jones started the morning by asking “What Will You Give?”


The SC Chamber of Commerce GEAR Up program was one of the organizations present.

Sharon Dean, right, Program Director, welcomes participants from Bamberg Co. Pathways to Strong, Safe Families.

Cheryl Sargeant, left, Program Assistant, and Donna Xenakis, Conference Chair, welcome attendees at the check-in table.

A participant discusses her choice for the next workshop she wants to attend.

Lunch!.... And fellowship.

Music Therapy students from Charleston Southern University worked with each group of children, with age-appropriate activities.

Attendees came from around the state and local area. These ladies came from Anderson.