CLOVER — Christy Wilson, a family and consumer science teacher at Clover High School, is the 2013-2014 recipient of the Charles Dickerson Community Service Award.
The Teacher of the Year for the Clover School District and Teacher of the Year for Clover High School was honored during Wednesday night’s Teacher of the Year banquet in Columbia.
Gov. Nikki Haley presented Wilson with the honor, which is given annually to a district Teacher of the Year who exemplifies a true spirit of community service. The award was established for Charles (Charlie) Dickerson, former CEO of The R.L. Bryan Co., who died in 2006.
The award is given with a $1,000 prize from Bojangles’, half of which Wilson can use in the classroom and half the can be given to charity.
Wilson is a CHS alumni and is finishing her 16th year of teaching.
Her program “It’s Sew Easy to Help Others” gives students an opportunity to give back to the Clover community. Her students make drawstring health kit bags for the Clover Area Assistance Center, “hope pillows” for children at the Ronald McDonald House and the York County Children’s Attention Home, lap blankets for wheelchair-bound patients at area Hospice centers and retirement homes, Christmas stockings for local charities and “placement purses” for the Children’s Attention Home.
Her students also make contributions annually to an international project in which dresses are sewn and donated to Dress a Girl Around the World, a charitable organization that distributes dresses to third world countries.
A faculty sponsor and leader with the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Wilson guides her students through projects that include collecting and altering donated prom dresses for those who would otherwise not be able to attend the prom due to financial issues. This initiative not only includes students at Clover High School but other area schools.
Wilson was also honored last year as the South Carolina FACS Teacher of the Year.
A graduate of Winthrop University, Wilson said, “the content we cover affects their view of what healthy relationships are and they share these new ideas with their families and friends. The skills they acquire can be used in the workforce, their family units, and the community.”