District Teacher of the Year wins community service award

WEST COLUMBIA, SC -- Lexington Two Teacher of the Year Daniel Bailey was honored with a prestigious community service award at the annual South Carolina Teacher of the Year reception.


The Airport High teacher received the Charles Dickerson Community Service Award, given annually to recognize a District Teacher of the Year who exemplifies a true spirit of community service, according to the website. The award was announced at the May 3 Teacher of the Year reception in Columbia.


Bailey said he would donate a check that comes with the award back to Airport’s Camp Kemo annual fundraiser, which has netted more than $54,000 to date.


"This award means to much to me,” Bailey said.  “When I teach my students, I not only want them to learn something new, but I also want them to discover the value in helping those around them. When we are part of something bigger than ourselves, we truly make an impact in our schools and communities.


“Over my six years in Lexington Two, my students have made a profound impact on the community,” Bailey added. “This award is for them, because they are the movers and shakers. At times,  I am just leading them down the path of selflessness, caring for others and being world changers."


Bailey, whose Student Council at Airport recently received the 2018 National Gold Council of Excellence award, was recognized just last month with another community service honor -- the WIS/Mungo Homes Community Builder award.