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Find the Beauty in You at Chroma Hair Studio & Spa

Choosing the right hair salon in Cottageville, SC, is a little bit like finding the perfect outfit. The materials feel great on your skin, the fabric is flattering to your body type, and when you try it on, you just know - this is the outfit that you have been looking for.

With thousands of hair salons and stylists in South Carolina, choosing the right one can be difficult. You want a salon that is clean, comfortable, and chic. But, more importantly, you need a stylist that "gets" you. Someone who takes the time to understand your preferences, your style, and your personality. You need a stylist who listens, is honest, and has the technical skills to turn your vision into a reality.

An excellent stylist epitomizes all those traits and knows how to adapt to changing beauty trends. They aren't afraid to take on a challenge.

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Welcome to Chroma Hair Studio & Spa

Where the most talented hairstylists in Cottageville help bring out the beauty in each of our clients. We strive to provide each of our customers with the highest levels of customer service in the beauty industry. At Chroma, we offer a relaxing environment, skillful professionals, and a variety of products with environmentally safe and good-for-you ingredients.

Our goal is to make your salon experience special, from the moment you walk in to the second you leave. With a variety of professional hair and beauty services to choose from, we're sure you will rediscover the "beauty of you" every time you visit our salon.

Here are just a few of our most popular hair and beauty services in Cottageville:

The key to a great haircut and salon experience is to understand the services we offer, so you can choose the best selection for your needs. What do our salon services entail? Keep reading below to find out.

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Professional Hair Color in Cottageville, SC

Let's be honest: DIY hair kits can be tricky to get right. They can be complicated to apply and usually have hard-to-understand instructions. Half the time, the color you're left with looks nothing like it does on the front of the box. In a perfect world, you should be able to pop into Target, pick a boxed hair color, apply it at home, and emerge out of your bathroom with a new, beautiful hair color. For most people, this never happens.

That's why people who want flawless color, professional application, and ease of convenience get their highlights at Chroma Hair Studio & Spa.

Whether you are changing your hair color completely or just want a few highlights to switch things up, we are here to create the look and style that you've been dreaming about. At Chroma Hair Studio & Spa, we specialize in the latest hair coloring trends using cutting-edge technology. That way, our clients get the freshest looks, coolest colors, and longest-lasting highlights in town. When you get your highlights done at our hair salon in Cottageville, we want you to leave excited and ready to share your new hair all over social.

Don't spend hours in the store trying to find the color you think will look great on you. Our team of professional stylists will consult with you about your vision and craft a custom highlight plan that fits you're your unique style. There's a reason why so many customers trust us with their highlights - we genuinely care about your hair and how it looks.

Our professional hair coloring services in Cottageville are a combination of art and science. The artistic results only last as long as the hair coloring products used, and we use the best. Our hairstylists and colorists are committed to helping you look and feel fabulous, whether you're planning a special occasion or just want to impress that special someone.

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Get the Look You Crave with Personalized Hair Treatments

Ever taken a chance on a new look or hair color, only to end up embarrassed and unsatisfied with the results? You're not alone - we get calls every week from people just like you who need hair treatment Cottageville. Sadly, sometimes even the professionals get a color procedure wrong.

Other times, your hair has suffered from years of blow-drying and straightening, and it looks dry, brittle, and unattractive. You know you need a deep conditioning treatment, and you need it ASAP.

At Chroma Hair Studio & Spa, our technicians have treated all sorts of hair problems - from unprofessional coloring with multiple bands of different colors and tones to dehydrated hair and more. Sometimes, our client's entire hairstyle needs to be corrected. To do this, we stock multiple types of color and toners to revitalize hair and give it the color you've been dreaming of. Our team always puts a priority on the health and integrity of your hair, whether it's your first visit or your fortieth.

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Voluptuous Eyelash Extensions in
Cottageville, SC

Do you ever wake up in the morning and wish that you had fuller, longer eyelashes? You're not alone - thousands of people crave darker, thicker lashes. They settle for what they have, not knowing that a revolutionary lash treatment is waiting for them at Chroma Hair Studio & Spa.

Eyelash extensions have revolutionized fashion culture, saving women untold amounts time and effort in front of the makeup mirror. The great news is that lash extensions aren't just reserved for Hollywood celebrities anymore. Anybody can have the long, fluttery lashes they've been craving, with a trip to our salon.

Eyelash extensions are a fabulous way to enhance your look on a long-term basis and provide you with a small change that makes a huge impact. From the moment you wake up to the time you go to bed, your lashes remain long, sexy, and sultry.

Our eyelash extension specialist works with your existing lashes to apply individual extensions to enhance the natural beauty of your eyes. Using a meticulous application process, we maintain the integrity of your natural lashes so they remain healthy and undamaged.

Whether you're looking for a wispy, effortless look or want your lashes to have mega volume, our lash extension technicians are here to cater to your needs.

Here are just a few reasons why women love our eyelash extension services in Cottageville:

  • 24/7 Beauty
  • No Damage to Your Natural Lashes
  • No More Mascara or Eye Makeup
  • No Clumps
  • Long, Lovely Lashes That Will Make Your Friends Jealous!

If you're looking for a cost-conscious way to stand out from the crowd, contact our office today. We'd be happy to tell you more about our eyelash extension process and which lashes work best for your needs.

Smooth Out Hair and Add Flair with a Brazilian Blowout

The Brazilian blowout: you've heard about the new craze, you've seen the stunning results, but haven't had a chance to sit down and receive the treatment yourself. Luckily, Chroma Hair Studio & Spa now offers this sought-after style right here in Cottageville, from certified Brazilian blowout stylists.

If you suffer from dull, frizzy hair that lacks life and shine, the Brazilian blowout is one of the best ways to get smooth, frizz-free hair. By using cutting-edge bonding technology, this customizable treatment doesn't damage your hair at all. Actually, it improves your hair's health by adding a protective layer of protein that smooths your hair for weeks on end.

This ultra-popular choice offers you a laundry list of benefits, like:

  • Protection Against Seasonal Damage
  • Locks in Color
  • Cuts Down on Styling Time
  • Protects Against Heat
  • Seamless Extension Blending
  • Great for All Hair Types

To get the best of both worlds, be sure to schedule your Brazilian blowout and custom hair color treatment in the same appointment. Call us today to learn more about our Brazilian blowouts and to schedule your appointment today.

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Custom Haircuts in Cottageville Crafted for You

There are many ways that you can reinvent yourself this season, but if you're ready to make a lasting impression, nothing beats a new hairstyle. While there is nothing wrong with sporting top knots, ponytails, or straight hair, a styled cut from Chroma Hair Studio & Spa will drastically improve your hair game.

Getting a new haircut isn't just fun - it makes you feel good, too, especially when you get a lot of positive compliments.

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Our experienced stylists are tapped into today's hottest trends, so if you want to try something new, we're here to help. If you want to play it more traditional, our stylists have a solid foundation of time-tested techniques, to give your existing cut the edge it needs to impress. And sometimes, you need something simple and low-maintenance that cuts down on styling time and primping.

Not sure what kind of a cut you need? We're happy to give you our educated opinion and are happy to provide examples of what we think works. Whatever style you've got your eye on, we can make it a reality!

Here are just a few of the most popular haircut trends in South Carolina:

Natural Textured

Natural Textured

In a time when extravagant dyes and unique hair extensions are all the rage, the natural look will always be trending. This haircut is a great way to rediscover yourself and let your beauty shine organically without overdoing it.

The Shag

The Shag

This medium-length haircut is a classic throwback to the 79s, with a layered look, messy bangs, and lots of attitude. If you like to get ahead of trends before your friends, bring back the shag and rock this retro style with pride.

Curly Bangs

Curly Bangs

This cut will look great during the summer and will give you an innocent look that will get plenty of attention. Great for a short-term haircut or even something special for a big party or Gen-X event.

Long Length

Long Length

Go against the status quo and let your hair down this season. Pixie cuts and shags are all the rage, but rocking a Rapunzel-like haircut will set you apart from the crowd. If you're looking for a more natural, classic look, this could be your haircut.

Find Your French Flair with Balayage

If you're looking to switch up your hair color but can't decide between Balayage or Ombre because, well, you don't know the difference - don't worry. You're not alone!

Balayage is a French technique for highlighting the hair in which the dye is painted to create a natural-looking effect. The goal is to create soft, subtle highlights that make your hair look like it's been kissed by the sun.

While Balayage is the technique of painting the hair, Ombre focuses on the style of the hair. It is the transition from a lighter shade to a darker shade. Typically, Ombres work best for brunettes, but the style can is suitable for blondes too. To achieve the effect of an Ombre, there must be a smooth transition between colors. While the Ombre is a beautiful look, you'll need to work with a professional to get the best results.

Luckily, we offer both Ombre and Balayage in Cottageville, SC! Short on time? Busy schedule? Only available on weekends? Chroma Hair Studio & Spa offers flexible appointment scheduling to accommodate even the busiest clients. You deserve a fresh new style, and we're here to help when the time is right for you.

The Top Hair Salon in Cottageville, SC

If you're looking for a hair salon that offers high-end styling without expensive pricing, you're in the right place. Our goal is to exceed your expectations and leave you feeling beautiful, whether you need a touch-up or a total makeover. We offer a relaxing salon atmosphere, skillful stylists, and only the best in professional brands. When it's time for your next haircut, highlight session, or eyelash extension, look no further than Chroma Hair Studio & Spa.

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CCSD Robotics hosted competition

Colleton County School District hosted a FIRST LEGO League East Qualifier robotics competition Saturday, February 12 at Colleton County Middle School (CCMS) to decide which team will go to State.Nearly 25 teams from all over the South Carolina came to showcase their robotic creations and have their work judged. Eleven teams from Colleton were on hand to compete and demonstrate their STEM and robotic invention.STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, basic knowledge needed in today’s fast paced wo...

Colleton County School District hosted a FIRST LEGO League East Qualifier robotics competition Saturday, February 12 at Colleton County Middle School (CCMS) to decide which team will go to State.

Nearly 25 teams from all over the South Carolina came to showcase their robotic creations and have their work judged. Eleven teams from Colleton were on hand to compete and demonstrate their STEM and robotic invention.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, basic knowledge needed in today’s fast paced world. The event Saturday focused on STEM projects and presentations designed by children in the county as part of the competition and the county-wide robotics programs.

“Our original goal was to start the program at the middle school, but as things progressed, we extended the program to the high school,” said Ed Williams, Colleton County robotics instructor. “Robotics prepares future engineers. The kids have to do research, math, and science tin order to complete an innovative project.

“Colleton is the only district on the I-95 corridor with a seamless robotics program.”

The robotics program begins with the Pre-K through first grade Discover Program where Head Start children begin learning about the program by playing with LEGOS.

After Head Start, children in the county’s elementary schools participate in the Explorer Program; this is for second - fourth grade. FIRST Tech challenge competitions continue for grades 4-8. FIRST LEGO League competitions are for grades pre-k through eighth grade. Then FIRST Robotics competitions are for grades 9-12, with FIRST LEGO league, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Robotics Competitions. As children grow and compete, the competition is more intense.

“This really gives me hope for the future. My son is four and has already started robotics. I have been looking at the Boeing company that has a booth here, and I noticed all the skills and job opportunities that robotics provide,” said Ebony Nesmith, a parent at the competition.

Boeing representatives said they were happy to be at the event. “These programs and competitions help inspire future generations of STEM based professionals. As a corporate sponsor, we are proud to support these competitions, locally and nationally,” said Frank Hatten, program manager and education relations specialist from Boeing.

Colleton Middle School also competed and decided to use solar and lunar energy in their product. “Our problem to solve was that the battery for the average delivery drone dies fairly quickly. Our solution was to take NASA’s unbuilt solar drone and improve it to make a solar/lunar powered drone,” said Annaleese Jameson of CMS.

Their idea was so good that the CCMS Robotics Team 9502 advanced to State where they will compete Saturday, February 19 at Cane Bay High School. Team members are Na’ziyah Washington, Annaleese Jameson, Renz Manuel, Jason Scott, Aiden Smoak. The competition for high schools will be held on February 26 at Dreher High School in Columbia.

Cottageville Elementary won first place in the Innovation Project, the Forest Hills City Slicers won the Breakthrough award and Bells Elementary won the Rising Star award.

Allie Stephen’s, a tenth grader at CCHS, won the Volunteer Award, and Mrs. Nikita Holmes won the Coaches Award.

The Colleton robotics programs have already won many awards, and the interest is growing. If parents want to get their children involved, they can contact their schools and find out about the program. Parents can also go to www.firstsouthcarolina.org or firstinspires.org. Parents are needed as volunteers and are needed to support the kids in their STEM activities.

Squirrel hunting offers great opportunity after deer season ends

With a lengthy deer season that stretches from the middle of August until the New Year rolls around, hunting squirrels is an often overlooked opportunity for South Carolina hunters.It also can be far more challenging than you might think. You can’t just go traipsing through the woods with a shotgun or .22 rifle and expect to bag a limit. It requires stealth and cunning to get within range.Squirrel season opens Oct. 1 in the Palmetto State and continues until March 1 with a daily bag limit of 10, so there are only a few mo...

With a lengthy deer season that stretches from the middle of August until the New Year rolls around, hunting squirrels is an often overlooked opportunity for South Carolina hunters.

It also can be far more challenging than you might think. You can’t just go traipsing through the woods with a shotgun or .22 rifle and expect to bag a limit. It requires stealth and cunning to get within range.

Squirrel season opens Oct. 1 in the Palmetto State and continues until March 1 with a daily bag limit of 10, so there are only a few more weeks to sharpen your skills.

“You can probably kill more squirrels in October and November when they’re trying to fatten up for the winter. They’re storing nuts in the ground and they’re a lot more active. But most deer hunters don’t want to wander around the woods for squirrels during deer season,” said Scott Hammond, an accomplished deer hunter from Cottageville who enjoys continuing his time in the woods after deer season ends.

“January and February are when I like to squirrel hunt. It’s a great time to get out in the woods and you learn a lot. You get to see all the deer trails that were in the thickets that you couldn’t see during deer season. The leaves are off the trees, so you can see a lot more. Every now and then you luck up and find a nice (deer) antler shed. And squirrels are a worthy adversary. They’re a lot more challenging than most people give them credit for.”

Some squirrel hunters prefer to use shotguns, but Hammond said he uses a .22 rifle. For many years Hammond hunted with a .22 rifle that belonged to his grandfather, a sentimental choice that he retired after his girlfriend gifted him a Ruger 10/22 semi-automatic .22 long rifle equipped with a Leupold scope.

“I squirrel hunt in my usual deer hunting areas. You should be looking for a hardwood area where acorns fall. Squirrels will bury those acorns in the ground to store up for winter,” Hammond said. “Typically I do better in thicker woods rather than wide-open spots. If you have some oak trees that have some pretty thick cover around, that’s where I tend to do best. I try to do most of my squirrel hunting by slipping and walking through the woods. If you think you’re going slow enough, go a little bit slower.”

He said he usually walks 25 or 30 yards and then stops, looks and listens. He said he often will stand in one spot for 15 minutes to find a squirrel.

“If you can time your hunt when it’s right after a rain, the squirrels are very active, or as was the case recently, there were snow flurries all morning long. That makes the woods a lot quieter to slip through without them hearing you,” Hammond said.

He said at times, when he sees a squirrel out of range, he will hunker down and make his profile smaller to stalk his quarry.

“You don’t have to get down on all fours, but you make your profile more like a deer or hog, something that’s natural in the woods, versus just walking right up to them. I find I can get a lot closer that way,” he said.

“Squirrel hunting this time of year is a good way to learn your property. You’re not worrying about spooking any of your deer and you can just see everything.”

The Swamp Fox Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its 38th annual fund-raising banquet and outdoors exhibit on March 5 in the Exhibitors’ Building at the Exchange Park, located on Highway 78 in Ladson. Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner starting at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are limited and being pre-sold. Contact Contact Wayne Grace Jr. at 843-834-7779 or Karen Whaley at 843-870-3480 or email swampfoxnwtf@gmail.com.

The Charleston Inshore Anglers’ 29th annual “Big Ed” Sheepshead Tournament will be fished April 30. The captain’s meeting begins at 5:30 pm. April 28 at American Legion Post 147, located at 968 Folly Road. The weigh-in also will take place at Post 147 from 4-5 p.m. April 30. The entry fee for the tournament is $40. Contact Kevin Mischke at 843-324-1006; Nick Kvestad at 843-557-2811 or Gene Broderick at 843-224-6826.

Quail Forever fund-raisers

The Mount Pleasant Chapter of Quail Forever is raising funds for the Build a Wildlife Area program during the Willie McRae Wildlife Benefit that will be held from 5-10 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant and Call of the Uplands that will be held from 6-10 p.m. Feb. 19 at Charleston Yacht Club. Visit scquailforever.org or email taskins@hotmail.com.

America’s Boating Club

America’s Boating Club Charleston will hold boating safety classes Feb. 12 and March 12 at 1376 Orange Grove Road, Charleston. Classes begin at 9 a.m. and end around 4 p.m. Successful participants earn the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Boater Education card. The cost is $25 for adults and youth 12-18 are free. Call 843-312-2876 or email lynes@tds.net.

The Student Angler League Tournament Trail (salttfishing.com) holds monthly fishing seminars on the second Tuesday of each month from 6-7 p.m. at Harvest Church, located at 3552 Old Kings Highway, Murrells Inlet. Speakers include charter boat captains and local fishing experts.

SALTT also will hold a bass fishing seminar from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at J&K Outdoors, located at 1301 Highway 501 East Street in Conway. The seminar is limited to 50 participants and pre-registration is encouraged. Tickets are $11 and every student angler gets a $10 store coupon. Reservations can be made at salttfishing.com.

SALTT is a training ground for students in grades 1-12 interested in competitive fishing for redfish or largemouth bass. Three fall and three spring tournaments are scheduled out of Georgetown’s Carroll Campbell Boat Landing. SALTT also puts on the annual Brody Bates Youth Redfish Open Scholarship Tournament which will be held April 2 this year out of Buck Hall Landing in McClellanville.

State budget could give local teachers a pay boost

Representatives in the S.C. House Ways and Means Committee have approved an approximate $14 billion spending plan that would include pay raises for teachers and law enforcement officers.If approved, the plan includes about $230 million that would increase the base teacher pay for South Carolina teachers by $4,000 per teacher.Additionally, the pending state spending plan includes $150 million to help poorer school districts build new schools and an additional $100 million to help rural school districts replace old textbooks and ...

Representatives in the S.C. House Ways and Means Committee have approved an approximate $14 billion spending plan that would include pay raises for teachers and law enforcement officers.

If approved, the plan includes about $230 million that would increase the base teacher pay for South Carolina teachers by $4,000 per teacher.

Additionally, the pending state spending plan includes $150 million to help poorer school districts build new schools and an additional $100 million to help rural school districts replace old textbooks and classroom materials.

Included in the pending state budget is also $2.6 million that would go into teachers’ pockets to help them pay for classroom supplies. This $2.6 million would increase teachers’ reimbursement for school supplies from $275 to $300 for the school year.

If approved, increasing teacher salaries could surely help the local school district, which has multiple teacher vacancies. The Colleton County School District has had a teacher and staff shortage for several years. (See current teacher vacancies below).

Locally, a teacher coming into the Colleton County School District with no experience and who has a bachelor’s degree has a starting base salary of approximately $36,868. This increases to about $41,768 a year for teachers who have a masters degree and no experience.

The teacher base pay in Colleton County increases with years of experience and with the degrees and certifications that a person has.

For example, a teacher with five years of experience and who has a Master’s Degree would start at about $44,649 per year.

Currently, the Colleton County School District has multiple teacher vacancies.

These vacancies include:

Certified Staff

Bells Elementary School: 1 teacher plus media specialist

Black Street Early Childhood Education Center: 2 special education teachers

Colleton County High School: 7 teachers plus media specialist

Colleton County Middle School: 8 teachers

Cottageville Elementary School: 1 teacher and 1 art teacher

Forest Hills Elementary School: 1 special education teacher

Hendersonville Elementary School: 1 media specialist

Northside Elementary School: 0 positions

Thunderbolt Career and Technology Center : 2 teachers

Special Services – 4 related service providers

Classified Staff

Colleton County High School: 3 Custodians

Colleton County Middle School: 2 Custodians, 1 Teacher Assistant

Cottageville Elementary School: 1 Custodian, 1 PBSS, 1 Administrative Secretary

Hendersonville Elementary School: 1 Custodian, 1 Teacher Assistant

Northside Elementary School: 1 Custodian, 1 Teacher Assistant

Special Services - 1 Educational Interpreter

Transportation - 16 bus drivers, 1 Dispatch Routing Specialist

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Deputies make arrests after body found in Cottageville woods

Deputies make arrests after body found in Cottageville woods where hunter went missingCOLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators have made a number of arrests after a body was found in the woods in Cottageville in the same area where a hunter went missing.The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year-old Schuyler Rene Andrulat of Cottageville and 33-year-old Nathan Baughman of Summerville have been charged with obstruction of justice. According to court records, the charges against Andrulat were dismissed and expunged...

Deputies make arrests after body found in Cottageville woods where hunter went missing

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators have made a number of arrests after a body was found in the woods in Cottageville in the same area where a hunter went missing.

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year-old Schuyler Rene Andrulat of Cottageville and 33-year-old Nathan Baughman of Summerville have been charged with obstruction of justice. According to court records, the charges against Andrulat were dismissed and expunged.

A third man, Brad Skipper, has also been charged with an outstanding warrant from Colleton County.

The body was found around 8 p.m. on Thursday in a wooded area off Red Oak Road, the same area where a hunter went missing last Friday

The sheriff's office says the missing hunter was staying with friends who waited until Sunday to report him missing.

The coroner is doing an autopsy to determine the cause of death and identify the body.

The arrests stems from an incident that began on Aug. 21 when a Colleton County deputy responded to a home on Peirce Road in reference to a missing person.

The deputy spoke to Andrulat who said a friend of hers, Orin Patrick, had come to her home to go hunting Friday evening.

According to a report, Andrulat said she dropped Patrick off along the woodline on Peirce Road with a shotgun.

"Andrulat stated that several hours later, she received a call from Patrick stating that he was lost in the woods and he wanted her to drive along the road and beep the horn so that he could find his way back to the road again," the report states.

Andrulat told investigators that she did this around 9 p.m. on Friday but could not find him.

According to authorities, Andrulat said she received another call from Patrick that only last a few seconds and had since been unable to reach him through his phone again. Andrulat told deputies that she did not know any more information about Patrick.

In the incident report, the responding deputy reported that when he first met with Andrulat, she was unable to give any information about Patrick. The deputy then told Andrulat to get in contact with some of Patrick's friends or family so that he could get enough information to do a report.

Authorities also spoke with Patrick's friend, Baughman, who told investigators over the phone that he and Patrick had been staying at a home on Lakeview Drive in Summerville.

Baughman said the last time he saw Patrick was on Aug. 19, but was unsure of the time "because they had both been drinking so he did not remember much about that day."

The incident report states Baughman told investigators that this was not the first time Patrick had just "gone away, but it has never been for this long and never without making contact with him."

Detectives reported that they had Patrick's cell phone pinged to find the last location for it which was in Summerville.

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Local School Resource Officer named best in the Palmetto State

A Colleton County School Resource Officer has received a state award for his work in a local school. Deputy Ray Crawford is now the School Resource Officer of the Year for the State of South Carolina. He also has been honored as a top SRO for the Lowcountry Region of the S.C. Association of School Resource Officers.Crawford is from Hampton, S.C. He has been a law enforcement officer for 13 years: three of these 13 years have been with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, and he has served as a School Resource Officer (SRO) for that en...

A Colleton County School Resource Officer has received a state award for his work in a local school. Deputy Ray Crawford is now the School Resource Officer of the Year for the State of South Carolina. He also has been honored as a top SRO for the Lowcountry Region of the S.C. Association of School Resource Officers.Crawford is from Hampton, S.C. He has been a law enforcement officer for 13 years: three of these 13 years have been with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, and he has served as a School Resource Officer (SRO) for that entire time.Crawford is currently the SRO at Cottageville Elementary School.“Since joining CCSO, I’m a volunteer coach at the Colleton County Recreation Center, and I also created a mentorship program called The Distinguished Young Men’s Club, which is a program I developed for young men in grades 3rd through 5th grade that focuses on leadership skills, decision making concepts, conflict resolution modules, etiquettes, physical fitness, and education,” he said. Crawford was recently recognized by this newspaper and by Cottageville Elementary School leaders for his work with the Distinguished Young Men’s Club.“I strive to develop educational ideas that make the job fun, involving the school, parents, and students that help create a positive comradery among our schools which motivates us to push one another,” he said.For Crawford to have been considered for the state and regional SRO award, he was nominated by Cottageville Elementary School and the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office. He also had to be nominated by a community member for “outstanding performance” as a School Resource Officer and for being dedicated to the community. These were the criteria for being selected.He received the award at a recent regional ceremony.“I love being an SRO because it provides me great opportunities to impact the world by positively motivating young people to be the best person they can be,” said Crawford. “One of the most gratifying experiences of being an SRO is when you receive that special phone call from a student saying ‘Thank you’ for working with them and believing in them, which makes all the difference,” he said.Crawford said he plans to continue serving as an SRO next year at Cottageville Elementary School, continuing with the Distinguished Young Men’s Club. He will also be working with the school’s counselor to create a mentorship program for young women at the school, he said.“This upcoming year Cottageville Elementary School and I plan to host a flag football competition called ‘The Cottageville Elementary School Invitational,’” he said. “It is an event that I developed to bring back the comradery among elementary schools in the Colleton County School District.”Crawford is one of seven School Resource Officers in the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.These SRO’s are specialty-trained officers who are placed in public schools in Colleton County. While the officers are primarily at the schools to ensure safety for students and staff, the officers also serve as mentors to students.These School Resource Officers’ salaries are funded with a combination of money that is a part of the annual budgets from both the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office and the Colleton County School District. The officers’ salaries and the SRO program are also partially funded through a grant, according to Shalane Lowes, spokeswoman for the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.

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