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Richland One Looking for Volunteers to Serve as R1 CHAMPS for 2024-2025 School Year


Richland One is looking for volunteers to serve as R1 CHAMPS for the 2024-2025 school year. R1 CHAMPS (Caring Hearts Making Positive Shifts) launched in 2023 with the goal of placing more positive role models on school campuses and helping staff empower, inspire and encourage students to achieve their full potential.


R1 CHAMPS volunteers provide an additional adult presence and an “extra set of eyes” on campuses during the school day. They greet students at the beginning of the day and assist staff during dismissal; monitor the halls during class changes and help ensure that students report to their classes on time; and assist staff during school assemblies and special events.


R1 CHAMPS is open to men and women who want to volunteer their time to serve Richland One schools. Volunteers must undergo a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) background check and a Department of Social Services (DSS) Child Abuse Registry check.


Three training sessions will be held in July at the Lyon Street Student Services Center (1310 Lyon Street, Columbia, SC 29204).


  • Tuesday, July 9 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 16 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 23 at 1 p.m.


If you are interested in becoming an R1 CHAMPS volunteer and plan to attend one of the training sessions, contact Kerry Abel, Richland One’s coordinator of dropout prevention and mentoring services, at 803-231-7182 or