Mount Pleasant Magazine Sept-Oct 2023

24 | | In a vibrant city known for its rich history and undeniable Southern charm, the high school cheerleading squads of Mount Pleasant have taken their team spirit beyond the football field and into the heart of the community. These dynamic young individuals have discovered the power of their voices, determination and teamwork, using their talents not only to uplift their school, but also to initiate meaningful change through a series of inspiring community service projects. With their infectious enthusiasm and unwavering commitment, these cheerleaders have become agents of compassion, shining a light on the impact that unity and service can have on a community. From volunteering at local charities to organizing fundraisers for causes close to their hearts, these youth leaders are redefining what it means to be cheerleaders in the community. BISHOP ENGLAND HIGH SCHOOL Community service is ingrained into the education at Bishop England High School and the students volunteer throughout the year. The cheerleaders’ annual philanthropy, the Lowcountry Buddy Walk, advocates for students with special needs. They attend each year, pairing with a participant to complete the walk, and teaching them to dance and cheer along the way. “Teaching the girls values of stewardship and humility is important to me as a coach, and inclusion is a staple of Bishop England High School,” said coach Amy Kassis. “The team enjoys our service projects because it is an extension of their daily lives.” Each October, the BEHS cheerleaders select a women’s focused organization to support in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. They fundraise by organizing bake sales and turn the field pink on game day. “By navigating the complexities of organizing events, managing resources and collaborating with community members, the girls have honed their leadership abilities and developed a deep sense of responsibility,” said Kassis. This fall the BEHS cheerleaders will participate in the Light the Night Walk in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Impacting lives, one project at a time, each community service project the cheerleaders undertake leaves an indelible mark on the lives of both the volunteers and those they serve. LUCY BECKHAM HIGH SCHOOL The cheerleaders at Lucy Beckham High School not only volunteer within the Charleston community, but also Girls of Fall Local Cheerleaders Rally for Community Change BY SARAH MAKUTA our town Bishop England High School’s cheerleading program.