After 180 Days: Hartsville

A Community Perspective

Members of the Hartsville, S.C., community reflect on the local premiere of 180 Days: Hartsville. The PBS documentary focused on a fifth grader, struggling with behavioral issues throughout the 2013-14 school year. Interspersed throughout the documentary, glimpses of key community outreach and involvement lay a foundation, but the documentary never delves deeply into what truly makes Hartsville the unique place it is, or concretely demonstrates how the Comer School Development Program (SDP) set into motion the success that ultimately ends the full, two-hour program. This video not only focuses how Hartsville is using the SDP to develop the whole child, it includes an overview of a unique public-private partnership (PULSE) that involves a $5 million investment in Hartsville students in the Darlington County School District.

Read the op-ed by TEACH Foundation director Sharman Poplava about the ongoing PULSE initiatives.