This morning, I enjoyed stopping by the training being held for School Resource Officers and members of the staff from the ALPHA Center on the “Too Good for Drugs/Too Good for Violence” program that will be implemented this year through the “Safe Schools/Healthy Students” grant.  I read through the program when we were writing the grant and thought it would be excellent, but I am now even more sold after having seen some of the training and the high level of enthusiasm of everyone being trained.

Blaney Teacher Finalist For National Award

I was pleased to receive an email this afternoon from the State Department of Education announcing that Ms. Tonya Jackson, a teacher at Blaney Elementary, has been named a finalist for the very prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science teaching.  Outstanding news!

Frog And Toad Come To Town

The sign in front of the Camden Branch of the Kershaw County Library that has for a couple of weeks announced that Frog and Toad would be there today has intrigued me since I first saw it.  Frog and Toad books were some of my son’s favorites 20 years ago.  (I can probably recite several of them.)  So while I was in town this afternoon, I dropped by the library to check it out.  It was outstanding!  The children’s section of the library was full of parents and young children enjoying Frog and Toad plus a very well-done story time.  Congratulations to Library Director Amy Schofield and her staff for an outstanding event!

Friday Night Lights

I love high school football because it is a time when a school and its community truly come together.  My wife and I went to the North Central game last night, and it was great to see a big crowd of students of all ages and community members there to cheer on the Knights.  Although the Knights lost a close one, I saw tremendous improvement over last year.  Special kudos to the NCHS band, cheerleaders, and the student cheering section, “The Royal Family.”  A really enjoyable experience!

Junior Leadership

One of my favorite days of the year is the first day for the new Junior Leadership class.  This program, which is sponsored through the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce, provides 30+ eleventh grade students the opportunity for a year of leadership development activities.  It is always fun to see the group the first day and then watch them grow and develop individually and collectively as the year goes on.  This looks like an excellent group of young people!  I have very high hopes for them!

Out And About This Morning

Lots of good stuff this morning…..

While I was at Doby’s Mill Elementary, I stopped by Jakki Wiseman’s class.  The students have challenged me to another multiplication “smackdown.”  This group looks pretty smart, so I may be in trouble.

I was privileged to attend a meeting of community folks at the Alpha Center to talk about a grant that Kershaw County has received to combat drunk driving.  I look forward to the district supporting this effort.

 While I was at Camden Elementary, I visited Renee Thompson’s special needs class.  I am always overwhelmed with  and thankful for the work she and her assistants do with these students.

Wednesday Morning

Started my day at Midway and Pine Tree Hill Elementary Schools.  I was quite impressed with the way both schools had gotten quickly down to instruction.  I spent 10 minutes on the car rider line at Midway with teacher Molly Lane.  Ms. Lane seems to know the name of every student at Midway.  Her enthusiastic and personal greeting to students as they were dropped off was a really nice start to their day.  Doesn’t seem like a big thing, but it is.