Effingham County Public Schools held a county wide meeting on Friday for all school employees to boost morale before school starts.
Faculty and staff heard from Erin Gruel of the "Freedom Writers Diaries," a unique teacher who is trying to inspire others to make an impact on their students.
Effingham county Schools said they are proud of their staff.
"We are a family," said School Board Chairman Lamar Allen. "We are still a country community, and everybody helps everybody. I think our school system has a great reputation, and that's a great thing. Everybody comes here for it."
After the event, teachers were able to purchase autographed copies of Gruell's books. The proceeds will benefit needy children across the nation.
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