Recognizing Extraordinary Examples of Leadership
The REEL Kids Program
Since 2001, HTC has created a connection and relationship with schools throughout our service area, which now includes Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties, through the HTC REEL Kids program. With this program, the Cooperative honors students who demonstrate leadership excellence while overcoming life challenges.
For 2023, all schools in all three counties, primary through high school, were encouraged to participate by nominating an extraordinary student. To become an HTC REEL Kid, each child, along with his or her teacher, principal or guidance counselor, had their story documented for sharing with the community. And throughout the spring months, HTC spotlighted our REEL Kids award recipients by releasing their stories individually every weekend via our Facebook page, YouTube channel and Cooperative website.
The guest speaker was Coastal Carolina University Head Baseball Coach Gary Gilmore. In speaking at the REEL Kids celebration, Gilmore talked about how it is important to work to overcome adversity, stay focused, set goals and be determined to meet those goals.
Also, at this year’s event, a total of $3,000 was donated to the Horry, Georgetown and Marion County Police Departments in honor of REEL Kid Jonah B., who passed away in December, as one of his dreams was to be a police officer when he grew up.
Until next year, please enjoy the highlight video of our 2023 celebration and learn more about this amazing group of REEL Kids.