A.R. Lewis counselor receives Safe Kids Upstate Hero Award

GREENVILLE — Safe Kids Upstate held its end-of-the-year Appreciation Luncheon in Greenville last Tuesday.
More than 100 people gathered at the Hyatt to hear the yearly highlights and receive a thank you for supporting injury prevention programs for children.
“Safe Kids Upstate serves a three-county area and we could not provide education and safety devices without the support from individuals, businesses and community agencies across the upstate who help make that happen,” said Cortni Nations, a Safe Kids Expansion Coordinator who covers Pickens and Oconee Counties. “Data shows us that we are saving lives and we owe many thanks to our strong advocates. We’re especially proud to recognize an outstanding member of our Safe Kids coalition in Pickens County.”
Safe Kids Upstate presented one of two 2010 Hero Awards to Sue Phillips, School Counselor at A.R. Lewis Elementary School in Pickens. Phillips has led the school’s safety patrol program and other safety activities for a number of years and as a result, A.R. Lewis Elementary has achieved the Safe Kids Safe School award for the past four consecutive years.
“Sue’s life’s work is ensuring that children have a brighter future,” Nations said. “She does this with each child she touches daily and in addition, she commits an enormous amount of time volunteering with our coalition and assisting us in providing safety education and devices throughout the community. She is passionate about keeping children safe and out of the emergency rooms for injuries that are preventable. When we think of heroes, we think of people who change the world- that’s exactly what Sue Phillips is doing right here in our small community.”