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Background Information

Employment History

The News Journal

Police Chief

Florence Kiwanis Club

Chief of Police

City of Florence

Affiliations

Active Member
FBI National Academy Graduates Association

Active Member
Central United Methodist Church

Active Member
South Carolina Charter Schools Association

Founder
Choices Charter School

Education

undergraduate degree

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Hugh Leatherman Sr. Former Florence Police Chief Ralph Porter received the honor last year for work he and his alternative school CHOiCES has accomplished in the area.

The Lake City native has given close to $100 million in philanthropic gifts since she returned to the area 12 years ago. Though she still travels extensively, she claims residency in Lake City and it is one of the main recipients of her charitable contributions.
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Moore joins seven previous Champions For Youth honorees: Ralph R. Porter (2010), Allie E. Brooks, Jr. (2009), Richard C. Harrington (2008), Congressman James E. Clyburn (2007), Senator Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. (2006), Dr. L. Fred Carter (2005) and Frank Avent (2004).


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FLORENCE - The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area honored Ralph Porter as their 2010 Champion for Youth on Tuesday night. Porter already knew he was set to receive that award during a ceremony at Florence-Darlington Technical College's Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology in Florence. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area chose him to get the honor for founding and running CHOiCES alternative school as well as his service as a former Florence police chief. Porter said receiving this award was a humbling and honoring experience. "I like the feeling it (volunteering with youth) gives me. It's very satisfying," he said. "A lot of the kids, when you work with them, don't appreciate it initially, but a couple years later they'll come back and they say how much it meant to them." But Porter was surprised to also receive the state's highest civilian honor, the Order of the Palmetto, during Tuesday night's event. Porter served for 30 years in a variety of law enforcement positions in Florida, Colorado, New Mexico and South Carolina. After leaving his position as Florence police chief in 2000, he founded the CHOiCES, which boasts an 85 percent success rate in helping youth who are unable to continue in their assigned schools for a variety of reasons, according to the Boys & Clubs. CHOiCES targets students 12 to 17 who have been dismissed from or who have dropped out of school. Its overall goal is to have each student in the program attend school and perform at or above the learning/grade levels of students in Florence District 1 or the Darlington County School District. Porter also is an active member of many local, state, and national organizations, including Central United Methodist Church, Florence Kiwanis Club, the S.C. Charter Schools Association and the FBI National Academy Graduates Association, according to the Boys & Clubs. Ben Ward and Harvey Senseney, who have known Porter for more 20 years, said they both agree he deserves the accolades. "Ralph has never been one to stand back and let other people do the work.

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Porter said he couldn't have accomplished all he has without the support of his wife, Marlene. The Champion for Youth, now in its seventh year, is awarded to a community member who has done a great deal for the youth of the region. The Boys & Girls Clubs takes nominations for the award each spring.
August 4, 2010 - Former Florence police chief, school founder to receive honor
CHOiCES Former Florence Police Chief Ralph Porter, founder of CHOiCES Charter School, left, talks to Dr. William McColl on the school's campus Tuesday as Porter works to prepare the campus for the start of the 2010-2011 school year, Aug. 16. Former Florence Police Chief Ralph Porter, founder of CHOiCES Charter School, left, talks to Dr. William McColl on the school's campus Tuesday as Porter works to prepare the campus for the start of the 2010-2011 school year, Aug. 16.
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Porter will be honored by the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee as its Champion for Youth on Aug. 17.
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FLORENCE - Ralph Porter will be honored Aug. 17 with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee's Champion for Youth tribute. Porter, 62, is being singled out because of his vision and hard work in founding and running CHOiCES alternative school as well as his service as a former Florence police chief. Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Neal Zimmerman said he met Porter 15 years ago when he came to town. "Ralph was the police chief then and was concerned about what kids were doing in the community," Zimmerman said.
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"The education received by these students should transition them to become lifelong learners," Porter said. "We want to provide a foundation of continuous learning through classroom instruction, service learning and project-based learning." Porter can list a litany of accomplishments by CHOiCES, but he's not one to blow his own horn. "I feel humbled about receiving this high honor from the Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee," he said, "but I don't see myself as making that much of a contribution. I'm doing what I love to do." He said what he does at the charter school is not for honor or credit because God deserves all the credit. But God isn't alone. "I've got a great wife, staff and volunteers," he said. "Everybody contributes to the success of our program. God told me he would provide and he has, especially those who support and understand our mission." Porter said CHOiCES provides a quality education that allows students many options.
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Meanwhile, Porter is up to the challenges that the charter school faces. He was the Florence police chief from 1984 to 2000. He was 35 when he was named chief. But his preparation for the challenges of life began in earnest when he joined the Navy in 1968 after a year of college. He spent four years as a Navy diver. Among his responsibilities was taking bombs apart, or as Porter described it, "wild and crazy." Porter went back to college after the Navy. He earned an undergraduate degree and was working on a master's when he left to become a police chief in a small town in New Mexico.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Honoree is the perfect choice Published: August 01, 2010; SCNow.com
Dear Editor: Congratulations to Mr. Ralph R. Porter on being named the 2010 Champion for Youth. I cannot think of a more deserving honoree. I have known Ralph Porter since he came to Florence in 1983 to serve as Chief of Police for the City of Florence. Mr. Porter's caring and professionalism has been evident in everything that he has been involved in throughout the Florence community, from his former role as Florence's Chief of Police to his involvement in the Florence Kiwanis Club, Central United Methodist Church and CHOiCES Charter School. Ralph also serves as a volunteer chef for the Central United Methodist Men's group and he is known though out our community as a person that goes out of his way to help others. After retiring as Chief of Police in 2000, Ralph grappled for a way to help youth who were struggling within the school system and unable to become productive members of their community. After much prayer, he decided to create a new solution; the CHOiCES Charter School which he founded and he continues to lead. This school now boasts an 85% success rate in helping youth from Florence and Darlington Counties who have been unable to continue in their assigned schools for a variety of reasons. I am proud to serve on the CHOiCES board of directors under this dedicated and visionary leader. I encourage both businesses and individuals in our community to join me in recognizing Ralph Porter as this year's Champion for Youth by attending the tribute in his honor on Aug. 17. He has directly impacted many lives in the Florence community and I encourage you to be a part of this tribute to honor him. Tickets are available through the Boys & Girls Club at 662-1142. Please mark this date on your calendar to be a part of a special evening honoring Mr. Porter.


July 1, 2010 - Porter to ...

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July 1, 2010 - Porter to be honored by Boys, Girls Clubs Ralph Porter The News Journal Florence - Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area has named Ralph R. Porter, founder and executive director of CHOiCES Charter School, as their 2010 Champion For Youth. The Champions For Youth Tribute is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug.17 at the SiMT Center at Florence-Darlington Technical College.

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With a background in Police Science, Criminal Justice, and Management and Human Services, Porter served for 30 years in a variety of law enforcement positions in Florida, Colorado, New Mexico, and South Carolina. After leaving his position as Chief of Police for the City of Florence in 2000, he founded the CHOiCES Charter School, which boasts an 85% success rate in helping youth who are unable to continue in their assigned schools for a variety of reasons.
Porter is an active member of many local, state, and national organizations, including Central United Methodist Church, Florence Kiwanis Club, the South Carolina Charter Schools Association, and the FBI National Academy Graduates Association.
Porter joins six previous Champions For Youth honorees: Allie E. Brooks Jr. (2009), Richard C. Harrington (2008), Congressman James E. Clyburn (2007), Senator Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. (2006), Dr. Luther F. Carter (2005) and Frank Avent (2004).


Ralph Porter name ...

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Ralph Porter name Ralph R. Porter, founder and Executive Director of CHOiCES Charter School, as their 2010 Champion For Youth. The Champions For Youth Tribute in his honor is scheduled for Tuesday, August 17 at the SiMT Center at Florence-Darlington Technical College. The event begins at the SiMT Center (1951 Pisgah Road) at 6:00 p.m., with the award presentation at 7:00. Once again this year, IFH and Sodexo will provide refreshments for the evening. Tickets range from the $5,000 Winners Circle sponsorship (including 12 attendees and reserved parking) to a $250 Booster sponsorship for two attendees. Individual tickets are also available for $75.

With a background in Police Science, Criminal Justice, and Management and Human Services, Porter served for 30 years in a variety of law enforcement positions in Florida, Colorado, New Mexico, and South Carolina. After leaving his position as Chief of Police for the City of Florence in 2000, he founded the CHOiCES Charter School, which boasts an 85% success rate in helping youth who are unable to continue in their assigned schools for a variety of reasons. Porter is an active member of many local, state, and national organizations, including Central United Methodist Church, Florence Kiwanis Club, the South Carolina Charter Schools Association, and the FBI National Academy Graduates Association. Porter joins six previous Champions For Youth honorees: Allie E. Brooks, Jr. (2009), Richard C. Harrington (2008), Congressman James E. Clyburn (2007), Senator Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. (2006), Dr. Luther F. Carter (2005) and Frank Avent (2004).
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Join the Pee Dee community in honoring Ralph Porter and supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area. Call (843) 662-1142 for reservations or more information.


South Carolina Police Chiefs Association: Presidents

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Chief Ralph R. Porter

Florence Police Department
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Chief Ralph R. Porter
Florence Police Department

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