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Burnside Elementary School is Empowering Students to Lead!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 17, 2017

Richland County School District One’s Annie Burnside Elementary is a “Leader In Me” school. Its students are taught using The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, concepts first introduced in 1989 by Dr. Stephen R. Covey, with his business and self-help book of the same name, and developed into a successful curriculum for schools by the FranklinCovey Education company.











The Leader In Me program is designed to transform schools by creating a culture of student empowerment, based on the idea that every student can become an effective leader. The proven techniques of Leader In Me help organizations and individuals achieve greatness by incorporating the following “Habits” into daily life:

Habit 1:  Be Proactive: You’re in charge
Habit 2:  Begin with the End in Mind: Have a plan
Habit 3:  Put First Things First: Work first, then play
Habit 4:  Think Win Win: Everyone Can Win
Habit 5:  Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood: Listen before you talk
Habit 6:  Synergize: Together is Better
Habit 7:  Sharpen the Saw: Balance is Best










“Leadership Day” is held once a year, by elementary schools going through the Leader in Me process. Burnside’s 2nd Annual Leadership Day took place on April 6, 2017, and showcased the “Bees’” leadership skills, as Burnside staff shared their Leader In Me success stories.

“South Carolina schools, and particularly those in Richland County, are breaking new ground in their efforts to prepare our kids for tomorrow,” says Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes. McGuinn’s Burnside Farms community of homes is in Richland County, and zoned for Burnside Elementary. “The Leader in Me program is another example of Richland One’s commitment to students’ overall well-being, by teaching them not only skills they’ll need to go forward in their education, but to succeed in life.”

CEO Wade McGuinn

White Knoll High School’s Future Health Professionals

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 10, 2017

The Lexington One School District continues to foster programs that enrich the lives of their students and prepare them for the 21st century workforce. One such program is The Center for Public Health and Advanced Medical Studies, located at White Knoll High School in Lexington.

The Center houses an innovative program that is designed to prepare students for careers in health and medicine. Through the Center, these students gain knowledge and skills at advanced levels in the areas of public health, medical research, and medical studies. They also participate in Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA). HOSA is a student-led organization of Future Health Professionals, and seeks to develop its members’ leadership and technical skills. This allows students to practice and refine their aptitudes, and eventually more easily transition from classroom to career.

White Knoll competed in the SC HOSA State Leadership Conference this past March in North Charleston, where the Timberwolves’ HOSA students made a spectacular showing! Jennifer Tucker won first place in Nursing Assisting, and Jenny Nankoua Yongue and Caitlin Murray won first place in Medical Innovations. Many other White Knoll HOSA students placed high in other categories, White Knoll HOSA Advisor Katrina Haynes became the State HOSA Board Chair Elect, and White Knoll teacher and HOSA Advisor Nicholas J. Hanle received the Outstanding Service Award.

Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes, sees the Center’s accomplishments as a boon for families in the area who are zoned for exceptional schools like White Knoll. His Glen Eagle community of homes is one of them. “Lexington One’s centers for advanced learning are so beneficial to students who have leadership and teamwork skills, and the drive to advance in their chosen field of study. It gives me great pride to know that these students will become the medical professionals of tomorrow!”.

As they say at White Knoll — ‪#‎HOWLABOUTIT‬!

CEO Wade McGuinn


Brookland-Cayce High School is Transforming Education

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 3, 2017

The Mighty Bearcat, for which BC is named

Brookland-Cayce High School (BC) has upped the ante on its commitment to prepare students for 21st century college, military, and work settings. The school has developed three learning academies that are successfully working to that end.

BC is working within the TransformSC education initiative, which was designed so that state business leaders, educators, students, parents and policy makers could unify and transform the public education system and produce the ideal graduate. BC has organized student learning into three academies to accomplish this: Quest Academy, i2 Tech Academy and the Legacy Liberal Arts Academy. Hallmarks of the Quest Academy include a rigorous, accelerated academic curriculum and experiential opportunities, such as local and out of state field studies and college visits. Students communicate through Google Classroom, a technology network that connects students, teachers, and parents.

BC’s i2 Tech Academy offers a Project-Based Learning environment where Science, Technology, Engineering and Math serve as the foundation for projects. Students collaborate on work that requires critical thinking and communication, and use Echo, a learning management system that connects students to projects all across the country.

The BC Legacy Liberal Arts Academy offers a smaller, personalized approach to learning. Beginning with their freshman year, students form tight bonds with teachers and administrators, and a dynamic classroom approach is used in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges to acquire deeper knowledge. Legacy Academy students work with group members, access online resources and conduct viable research, as well as produce quality presentations. They participate in personally challenging academic courses, and are strongly encouraged to explore career opportunities and experience personal expression through visual and performing arts. Technology is a common thread between these BC programs, with laptops and iPads made available to students for one-to-one computing.

These initiatives aid in providing a personalized educational experience for each student, tailored to their particular goals and interests. Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes, is familiar with the BC program. His company builds home communities, including Harvest Glen, which is zoned for Brookland-Cayce. “I graduated from Brookland-Cayce High School and know what an outstanding institution it truly is. It comes as no surprise that BC is gaining so much positive recognition for its programs, teachers, and its students’ accomplishments.”

CEO Wade McGuinn

Richland One’s Challenger Learning Center

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 26, 2017

Richland County School District One students have access to many unique educational experiences. A prime example of this is Richland One’s Challenger Learning Center (“CLC”) for space science education – the only one of its kind in South Carolina.

The CLC opened in Columbia in February of 1996, and is dedicated to the heroes of the Space Shuttle Challenger 51-L crew, who perished on January 28, 1986. This aerospace-themed academic program gives students the opportunity to improve skills through interactive learning experiences, and combine their school’s science and math curricula with CLC’s information and technology. The CLC uses space-themed simulations, scenarios, and activities to create learning environments and engage students. These experiences strengthen students’ knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects and may inspire them to pursue careers in these important fields. At the same time, students develop skills in decision making, collaboration, problem solving, and communication, which will help them to be successful in any field. Sponsor organizations like NASA and NOAA provide the latest and most relevant science to the CLC, and have partnered with the Center in its mission, “to create a scientifically literate population with the skills needed for success in the 21st century.”

A Challenger Learning Center mission is so much more than a field trip! School groups can register for Missions at the Center such as Return to the Moon, Rendezvous with a Comet and Voyage to Mars, and participate in learning experiences that are based on simulations used by NASA to prepare astronauts for space. The CLC also houses the James E. Clyburn Aerospace Education Laboratory (“AEL”). This flight training department offers programs that are adapted from actual aviation training and are conducted by a Certified Flight Instructor. While there, visitors can view multimedia presentations and flight demonstrations, then try their hand at piloting by practicing on one of AEL’s Flight Simulators. Challenger also offers Hands-On Science and e-Planetarium programs for students in various grades. In the summer, the CLC holds Summer Camps for interested kids. This year’s offerings included Astronaut Academy, Rocket Camp, Robotics Camp, Arduino Camp, Fischertechnik Camp, and RC Pilot Camp.

Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes, thinks students within the Richland One District are very fortunate to have the CLC. His Burnside Farms community of homes is zoned for Richland One. “School-age children have a leg up with this unique and exceptional science program. By giving them these tools to further their education, it’s another way of telling our kids that they can do anything they set their minds to.”

CEO Wade McGuinn

Lexington High School – Championing Unity!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 19, 2017

The Lexington High Wildcats have always been athletic champions, but they were recently recognized as a Special Olympics National Banner Unified Champion School! National Banner Unified Champion Schools aim to create social inclusion by meeting national standards of excellence that include Unified Sports programs, which bring together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities as teammates, as well as Inclusive Youth Leadership and Whole-School Engagement programs.

In February of this year, Special Olympics South Carolina hosted the National Unified Champion Schools Conference in Lexington, where Special Olympics Program representatives from 48 states were in attendance. Lexington School District 1 presented 45 Special Olympics student athletes with athletic letters for outstanding accomplishments in Unified Sports. They are the first school district in this state to award letters for these teams. Lexington High was also the first school in the country, and among eight schools in SC, to be recognized as a Banner Unified Champion School. On hand to recognize them were Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics International, Mary Davis, and ESPN SportsCenter anchor Kevin Negandhi, who unveiled the school’s new Unified Champion School banner in the Lexington High School gymnasium.

We should all be very proud of Lexington High School’s accomplishment, which goes beyond sports to teach students the values of inclusion, advocacy and respect for all, and creates an altogether more socially inclusive school that works for everyone. Wade McGuinn is CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes, which builds housing communities in and around the Lexington area, such as Summerlake, which is zoned for Lexington High School. He added, “The importance of this program cannot be overstated. It promotes attitudes of acceptance and respect in our students, things that will someday help them become great leaders of our community.”

CEO Wade McGuinn

Crayton Middle School – A School To Watch

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 12, 2017

Among all of the wonderful middle schools in Columbia, Crayton Middle School has always been exceptional, but now it’s official – Crayton Middle is a 2016 Schools to Watch® school! Schools to Watch® is an initiative that was launched by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, to recognize high-performing middle schools across the U.S.


The National Forum’s Schools to Watch® criteria is made up of three attributes: Academic Excellence, Developmental Responsiveness and Social Equity. That means, Crayton is ahead of the curve when it comes to challenging its students academically, sensitive to the developmental challenges that face their students in early adolescence, and provides each and every student with what they need to succeed in future endeavors. One need only look to Crayton’s culture to see these attributes at work. Academic programs like Making Middle Grades Work, which prepares students for high school studies, Richland One’s Digital Learning Environment initiative, which promotes the use of technology in learning, and guidance sessions and Career Interest Inventories for 8th graders to start thinking more about future career paths, allow students a more unfettered path to academic success. Crayton students develop leadership and character-building skills through athletics and activities like the Richland One Fitness Bowl (Crayton finished 2nd overall for middle schools), the 8th Grade Male Empowerment Summit, the “Souper Bowl” where Crayton collected canned goods to benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank, and the school’s monthly Character Trait Award, where teachers vote on students who display actions and attitudes that define a chosen trait.

Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes, knows Crayton’s reputation. His company’s Burnside Farms community of homes is zoned for the middle school. “Kudos go to the principal, students and staff of Crayton for this national recognition. With innovative programs and caring professionals, high-performing schools like Crayton are becoming the norm in South Carolina.”

CEO Wade McGuinn

Taking Green Steps at Gilbert Elementary

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 5, 2017

Part of Gilbert Elementary’s School Pledge reads, “We lead by example and with pride…making a difference in the world.” It is this sensibility, along with participation in community service projects like recycling and cleanup, that has led to them being named a South Carolina “Green Steps School”.

The Green Steps Schools statewide program began when a group of organizations created it in 2003 with three goals in mind: to teach students to “conserve, protect, and restore”. The environmental education initiative is bestowed on educational institutions who take steps toward becoming more environmentally responsible each year. Gilbert Elementary has been a Green Steps School for 6 years now, with its “Green Team” taking part in Earth Day, Cardboard Challenge, America Recycles Day, Keep Gilbert Beautiful, and in projects that involve composting, soils, plant air quality, and food production through the school’s very own vegetable garden!  Gilbert Elementary was awarded the Walter P. Rawl & Sons School Garden Mini-Grant, which provides Lexington County School District One schools with funds for school gardens and other live plant projects.

This focus on community service and clean living projects all serve to make students aware of their impact on the environment, and how to lessen it. Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes and builder of the nearby Miller Woods community of homes, is all for it: “Gilbert Elementary is a fine example of the forward thinking values that the Lexington County One school district is known for instilling in its students. We are proud to have built a community that has access to this great school district.”

CEO Wade McGuinn

“Victory Starts Here!”

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 29, 2017

One of the things that Columbians like to brag about is the wonderful military community we have in the US Army Training Center and Fort Jackson. The military base will commemorate its 100 year anniversary this year.

Fort Jackson was named for U.S. Army General and seventh President of the United States of America, Andrew Jackson. The base is the largest and most active Initial Entry Training Center in the U.S. Army, training 50 percent of the Army’s Basic Combat Training members and 60 percent of the women entering the Army each year. It is also home to the U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute, the Armed Forces Army Chaplaincy Center and School, the National Center for Credibility Assessment and the Army’s Drill Sergeant School. The fort sits on over 52,000 acres, including more than 100 ranges and training sites and 1,160 buildings. Soldiers, civilians, retirees and family members all make up this community, with the Ft. Jackson Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation organization “providing a source of balance that ensures an environment in which Service Members and Families can thrive”. The base is also home to the U.S. Army Basic Combat Training Museum, Fort Jackson Golf Club, Palmetto Greens Miniature Golf, Palmetto Falls Water Park, Century Lanes Bowling Center, Victory Travel Office, Weston Lake, Knight Indoor Swimming Pool and much more. On June 2, 1917, Congress approved the War Department plan to place a World War I training base near Columbia, and in 2017 Fort Jackson will commemorate its centennial with a series of commemorations and events, both on and off post. Watch for them or go to to learn more.
“I am proud to live in an area that values its military men and women so much. Fort Jackson’s history and accomplishments are part of what makes Columbia such a great city,” commented Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes. McGuinn’s Burnside Farms community of homes is located just minutes from Fort Jackson.

CEO Wade McGuinn

Changes in Chapin

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 22, 2017

Chapin is commonly known as the Capital of Lake Murray, but the advantages to living in this town extend far beyond the water’s edge. With proximity to everything from parks to great shopping to cultural entertainment, it’s a haven for families who want to live in a community that cares about its future and is building toward it.

Chapinites are all about the outdoors! Lake Murray is Chapin’s very own backyard playground – one with over 500 miles of shoreline used for swimming, water skiing, sailing, and fishing. Chapin is fortunate to have access to nearby Crooked Creek Park (CCP), which boasts a 53,000 square-foot Community Center in addition to outdoor athletic fields, tennis courts, picnic facilities, walking trails, playgrounds, and a 27-hole disc golf course. CCP is part of the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission (ICRC), whose mission is to improve the quality of life for its residents through recreational and cultural programs. ICRC’s most recent accomplishment is the grand opening of Melvin Park in Chapin, on March 11, 2017. This brand new 70 acre park features a six field baseball complex, an eight-court tennis complex, two multi-use fields, and a splash pad.

Chapin is also looking forward to a new 220-acre Business and Technology Park near the entrance to Chapin and Interstate 26, now under construction. The community is counting on this new tech hub to bring new job opportunities and investment to the area. Chapin’s proximity to a major interstate and to Lake Murray, and its many community amenities and projects on the horizon mean even more opportunities and experiences for its citizens.

McGuinn Hybrid Homes built its Bickley Estates neighborhood of homes near Chapin to “be part of this successful, growing community, and to give homebuyers a great neighborhood that will only get better with time.” – Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes

CEO Wade McGuinn



Beyond the Terminal at CAE

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 16, 2017

There is so much more to the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) than what you see as you wait in security lines or dash through the terminal, beyond the rocking chairs and golf attire, Gamecock gear, travel pillows and South Carolina snowglobes. CAE has a long and storied history of service to the Midlands community.

Columbia Metropolitan Airport began in the early 1940s as the Lexington County Airport, until the U.S. War Department acquired it for use during World War II. The airport was then expanded to include runways, hangars, roads, barracks, a church, officer’s quarters, and other facilities, and renamed the Columbia Army Air Base (CAAB). There, the Army’s B-25 bomber aircrews would train for missions. In 1942, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Jimmy Doolittle, a legendary military aviator, traveled to Columbia and asked for volunteers for a secret military mission that was to become the famous Doolittle Raid over Tokyo. When the war ended, CAAB was sold back to Lexington County. The City of Columbia constructed a new terminal building in the early 1950s that burned down. The present terminal opened in 1965, and a major renovation was completed in 1997. There are historic markers at the airport for CAAB, the 319th Bombardment Group, the 310th, 321st and 340th Bombardment Groups, and for The Doolittle Raiders. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid.

Today, the airport is engaged in various projects to make both airline passengers and our military have the best experience possible when flying: CAE’s Department of Public Safety provides a safe and peaceful environment through law enforcement and fire rescue services; the airport’s ECOprojects include ecologically-friendly and economical construction projects to upgrade airport facilities; the rotating arts program adds beauty and local flavor to the terminal; CAE is working with therapy dogs through Therapy Dogs Inc. to make airport and travel experiences less stressful, by putting smiles on travelers’ faces and calming the nerves of new Army recruits that arrive for basic training at Fort Jackson; and the airport’s staffed USO Center welcomes hundreds of new recruits each week. The USO slogan is, “Be the Force Behind the Forces”, and they do this by providing drinks, snacks, toiletries, computers, complimentary WiFi, TV, video games, relaxation and sleep areas, and more for our traveling servicemen and women. CAE also participated in the Honor Flights for WWII Veterans from South Carolina to Washington D.C.

Columbia Metropolitan Airport offers more than 30 daily non-stop flights, serves five major American airlines and has connections to nine large US cities. It is self-sufficient and does not receive any state or local tax dollars, but generates around $847 million for South Carolina. Over 40 businesses operate on the airport’s campus and create over 1,800 full time jobs. Just recently, the airport celebrated five consecutive years of growth, with statistics for 2016 indicating that airport traffic is up and airfares are down. “If you have ever flown to or from Columbia Metropolitan, you know it is a world-class airport that does so much for our state, our citizens and our military family. Our community of homes at Harvest Glen is located a mere 10 minutes from takeoff to anywhere in the world!” – Wade McGuinn, CEO

CEO Wade McGuinn