Trinity Cathedral Awarded SC Board Association Champions for Public Education

Trinity Cathedral has been named a Champion of Public Education by the South Carolina Association of School Boards for the church’s long standing partnership with W.A. Perry Middle School.  The award was presented at the Richland School District One Board meeting last week. Lee Ruef, a current coordinator in the Trinity ministry accepted the award on behalf of the Cathedral.  Also present were Trinity Enrichment Club leaders at Perry Patti Trotter and Doug Steimle.

Trinity was nominated for the award by W.A. Perry Principal Dr. Robin Coletrain who sent the nomination of the School Board.

Ruef said he accepted the award on behalf of the Trinity parish and “especially the many parishioners who have worked with the Perry students over the past 15 years.” Ruef estimates that more than 50 Trinity members have served in the Perry partnership.

Trinity’s continuity with Perry, Ruef said, was because of excellent working relationships with Perry’s leadership. He mentioned Dr. Coletrain and Perry staff who have worked with Trinity for several years including retiring Social Worker Marilyn Doucet, Guidance Counselor Jameka Young and Assistant Principal Lisa Payton-Johnson.

Other key Trinity volunteers in the partnership presently are Betty Gregory, Beth Yon, Nancy Holt, Jeff Kafalos, John Cavanaugh and Dave Loftin.Canon Rev’d Patsy Malanuk is the clergy staff who has been overseeing the Perry program.

The partnership with Perry began in the spring semester in 2003. Today Trinity provides enrichment clubs in the after-school program with opportunities to learn cooking, sewing, tennis and golf, assists the students in their outreach program “Perry Pays it Forward” and provides food and logistics for a weekend feeding program for students who need such help.


Pictured: Richland One Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon; Richland One Board Chairwoman Cheryl Harris; Lee Ruef, Trinity Volunteer; South Carolina School Boards Association President Wesley Hightower; Doug Steimle, Trinity Volunteer; Patti Trotter, Trinity Volunteer and Richland One Board Vice Chairman Jamie L. Devine.