Monday, March 3, 2014
The Town of Kingstree was recently awarded South Carolina's 2013 Silver Palmetto Award. The award is presented annually by the SC Commission on Disabilities and Special Needs to the South Carolina city or town that made the most outstanding contribution to people with disabilities the previous year.
Commissioner Katherine Wright Davis presented the award to Town of Kingstree Mayor Ricky Burrows during the Municipal Association of South Carolina's Hometown Action Day in Columbia. The Commission is the governing board of the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN). DDSN is the state agency that provides supports and services to South Carolinians with severe, lifelong disabilities of intellectual and related disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.
"Clearly the Town of Kingstree has embraced its citizens with disabilities and demonstrates exceptional support for the people we serve. Creating meaningful work opportunities for people with disabilities promotes independence and personal dignity,” Commissioner Davis said at the presentation. "The Commission recognizes Kingstree's outstanding leadership in building successful partnerships between people with and without disabilities. Their example is one to be honored and celebrated."
The Town of Kingstree was nominated for the annual award by the Williamsburg County Disabilities and Special Needs Board. The Town of Kingstree, among many other contributions, partnered with the Williamsburg County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs in a new beautification project creating five new jobs for individuals with disabilities. Employment is a priority of DDSN and the Town of Kingstree is applauded for their efforts.
Mayor Burrows accepted the Silver Palmetto Award on behalf of the Town of Kingstree. “We are honored to accept this award. I am passionate about these special people and working with them is a great business investment," said Burrows. "This award is a welcomed surprise that we are very proud of. In Kingstree, we highly value people with disabilities and special needs and the important contributions they make to our workplaces, neighborhoods and our community."