Lighting the way for children to grow in a safe and nurturing environment.

Issue 05 October 2016 

September was a very special month as we worked toward funding our mission to provide the safest childcare for low income children, as well as other “in need” families.  There were several wonderful events that contributed greatly to the development of funds for scholarships for low income and deserving children at existing state of the art academies in Greenville County.  

September's fundraising events earned $73,367.79 for Kellie Rynn Academy, and we are very grateful for the contributions and support of everyone who participated in our events and of those who made donations. 

Enjoy reading about the success of our September events below.

Successful September Events!
2nd Annual Captain's Choice Golf Tournament at The Cliffs at Mountain Park 

Participants and sponsors of our annual golf tournament contributed greatly to our funding. 21 foursomes enjoyed the lovely fall weather, comradery, and the competitive spirit of the day!

Here Are Our Winning Teams!
  First Place
   Southern First: Rob Reeves, Tommy Thompson, Austin Goforth, Justin Howell
             Second Place                                  Third Place
Will Dennis, Andrew Shive,                       Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, 
Ross Kester, Brian Scurlock                         Smoak & Stewart, P.C.                                          

T he following companies graciously donated to our event:
  • Aegis
  • Century BMW
  • F3 Space Concepts
  • Global Furniture Group
  • Humanscale
  • Lenovo
  • Morretti's Pizza
  • Smoke on the Water
  • St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
  • Toyota of Easley

See some scenes of the tournament below and   CLICK HERE to view more photos of the Golf Tournament and the fundraising event at Smoke on the Water.
Smoke on the Water Fund Raising Event

The owners of Smoke on the Water donated 100% of sales for lunch and dinner on September 20th to Kellie Rynn Academy. Thanks to all of you who dined at this great restaurant on Tuesday, and we are greatly appreciative to Smoke on the Water for their support and generosity. 

Below are some folks having a great meal and social time at Smoke on the Water!

Raffle for Kellie Rynn's Guitar

The raffle for Kellie Rynn's Guitar was a success with a substantial number of tickets sold.  The lucky winners were Chase Kelley and Kathy Holladay! We are expecting to hear some mighty fine music from that guitar and musician.

Thanks to all who purchased raffle tickets to support this great cause!
  Kellie Rynn Academy's Executive Director 

The Board of Directors of Kellie Rynn Academy have established the position of Executive Director and have appointed Kathryn Martin, Kellie Rynn's mother, to fill the position.  The work to support the mission now begins!  The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors for the purpose of administering scholarship programs and serving as the liaison between host schools, families and trainers, and also serving as an advocate for child safety. Kathryn is perfectly suited for this role and has the focus and motivation to kick start our scholarship program administration.  
  Description of Duties of Executive Director
Scholarship s
  1. Develop, manage, and maintain scholarship policies, procedures, and operations to ensure appropriate disbursement and fiscal accountability.
  2. Promote the scholarship program in order to increase the number of scholarships and scholarship applications.
  3. Develop marketing literature to promote awareness of scholarship opportunities for students, and scholarships.
  4. Develop and conduct presentations as needed.
  5. Develop and maintain strong community relations with donors and potential donors and students.
  6. Maintain relationships with scholarship recipients and host schools.
  7. Provide monthly updates as an active member of the Kellie Rynn Academy board of directors.

Health and Safety Training

  1. Develop a training plan for scholarship recipients.
  2. Coordinate trainers and locations.
  3. Promote trainings to increase number of participants.
  4. Manage enrollment and payment process for trainings.
Child Advocacy
  1. Maintain relationships with local media.
  2. Seek out and participate in local, state and national organizations that share our mission.
  3. Stay current on local legislation and continue to promote and support issues relating to child safety.
  4. Develop and conduct presentations as needed.
  5. Advocate for policy changes that will further our mission.
General Responsibilities
  1. Maintain and establish a work schedule. Track 40 hours per week.
  2. Make public presentations to large and small groups one–on-one.
  3. Effectively use organizational and planning skills.
  4. Researching,  analyzing and compiling data and produce accurate reports to the board of directors.     
  5. Maintain confidentiality of work related information and materials.
  6. Effectively work with a diverse and multicultural community.

How You Can Make a Difference:
Kellie Rynn Academy is developing funds for scholarships for low income and deserving children at existing state of the art academies in Greenville County. KRA's mission is to provide the highest levels of safety, diversity and access to low-income families, as well as other "in need" families. We need your help. Your generous donations help us have the funds to raise the level of infant care throughout Greenville County.

The academy is named for Kellie Rynn Martin who passed away February 21, 2014 in an unsafe, in-home childcare center where there were more children than allowed by law.  There have been an increasing number of infant deaths due to lack of supervision or other unsafe conditions in childcare centers throughout South Carolina.  Kellie Rynn Academy will help provide educational access to a nurturing environment where parents can leave their children with confidence.  It will also provide safety training to those same families, so that Kellie Rynn's kids will be safe at home as well as at school.
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Kellie Rynn Academy Board of Directors:

  • Kitzi Craig, Chairman of the Board
  • Jana Crain, Secretary
  • Mike Nocito, Treasurer
  • Malinda McCrary, Fundraising Chairman
  • Chery O'Malley, Director
  • Cindy Weathers, Director
  • Father Patrick Tuttle, Director
  • Katie Yoder, Director
  • Kellie Martin, Director
  • Mike Craig, Director
  • Mike Farry, Director
  • Ralph Aiken, Dirrector
  • Ashley Martin, Kellie Rynn's father
  • Kathryn Martin, Executive Director, Kellie Rynn's mother
  Kellie Rynn Academy
West Greenville, Greenville, SC 29611