I received a copy of an article from the July, 2010 edition of The American Legion Magazine from Mr. Ashby Rhame, Commander of Post 17 here in Camden, discussing how JROTC is being used to work with at-risk youth. The JROTC programs at the Continuous Learning Center and and at the Department of Juvenile Justice facility in Columbia are featured. Great article! The article (Citizenship 101) can be found at www.legion.org\magazine. Thanks to Post 17 for the many ways in which it supports our schools and our young people.
Went by the new Jackson School a little while ago. The inside work is progressing quickly toward the July 15 completion date. Asphalt has been put down in the parking lot and grading in preparation for landscaping is under way. The current Jackson School will also continue in an important role, housing the Continuous Learning Center, technology, and the Headstart program now housed in the old Antioch School building. Exciting!
Had a great time this morning in the dunking booth at the Farmer’s Market to raise money for “School Tools.” There was a great turnout! Given the heat, being in the booth was an excellent place to be. Thanks to everyone who came out to support this very worthy cause. Special thanks to Bobby Gary, Jim Matthews, and Sammie Tucker for serving as “guests of honor” and to Billy Smith for not only getting dunked but getting the tank and the equipment there. Thanks also to to the Camden Fire Department for bringing one of their trucks to fill up the tank with water and to the Kershaw County Office Administrator’s Association for arranging for the dunking booth. Folks who would like to contribute to “School Tools” can do so at any First Citizens Bank in Kershaw County.
Yesterday afternoon, I got to visit “Camp Emmanuel,” one of the summer programs being funded by the “Safe Schools/Healthy Students” grant. The program is being held at Emmanuel United Methodist Church out on Highway 34. Because of the heat, the activities were being held inside. I saw recent CHS graduate Brennan Stevens doing a lesson on nutrition with a group of students and another group working on Math. The younger kids were having nap time, which seemed like a pretty good idea to me at the time. It’s exciting to see these summer programs up and running.
We’re working very hard to raise funds for the “School Tools” project, which provides school supplies for economically disadvantaged students. I know it seems early for this to be going on, but it takes several weeks to raise funds, buy the supplies, and get them distributed. Contributions can be dropped off at any First Citizens Bank in Kershaw County. Any amount will be a big help!
Also, on Saturday, June 26 from 9:00-noon at the Farmer’s Market, local “celebrities” including Sammie Tucker, Bobby Gary, Jim Matthews, Billy Smith and myself will taking a turn in a dunking booth to benefit “School Tools.” Come get us wet!!!!
My wife and I have been in New York City over the past several days…We had a fine time, but it’s good to be home. One of the interesting experiences we had occurred while we were doing a walking tour of the lower east side, which is now heavily populated by Chinese immigrants. We walked by the local school, PS 42. The school year in New York City doesn’t end until this Friday. We looked through the fence into the schoolyard as we went by. where 100 or so kids were playing. It was obvious that most of the students were at the very early stages of learning English . I could only imagine the enormous challenges involved in working at PS 42, especially in an environment of drastic budget cuts (New York may be in more difficulty than South Carolina). The other interesting thing we ran into was classes going on field trips on the subway. It’s tough enough keeping everything on a field trip organized and together on a bus. The subway certainly adds another level of complication.
Students from all over South Carolina and from our own district are at Girls and Boys State this week. This is a wonderful program sponsored by the American Legion that develops leadership skills in in the students involved. The State newspaper this morning has a nice quote and picture from Sade Cooper-Johnson from Camden High School.