Coach To Be Featured On WIS

I just learned that Mr. Craig Smith, a community member who helps coach baseball at Lugoff-Elgin High School and for the American Legion in the summer will be featured on the 5:30 p.m. WIS news today as a “Person To Count On.”  Craig is a great role model and an outstanding coach!  This is very well-deserved recognition.


On Tuesday, November 30, Lugoff-Elgin High School will be one of nine schools across the state and the only one in the Midlands to be visited by folks from CERRA (the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement) to help celebrate the organizations’s 25th anniversary.  Three former South Carolina  Teachers of the Year will spend the day teaching classes, covering the cafeteria, and working with Teacher Cadets.  Thanks to CERRA for allowing us to be part of its celebration!

Welcome Back!

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a great break.  During the weeks leading up to Christmas, our students and out schools will be involved in many community service projects and holiday programs.  I hope we can all support our students and their teachers in this very special part of the season.


ATEC Director Chet Horton shared a great story with me the other day.  Law Enforcement teacher Jeff Cooper and Health Sciences teacher Kathy Vidal swapped students for a day to give students some additional information from another perspective.  I really like this kind of collaboration!

Food For The Soul

The new “Food for the Soul” shelter and feeding facility located behind the United Way’s Holsten Center on DeKalb Street will be opening soon.  The items listed below are needed to help get the new facility off the ground.  Donations can be dropped off at the Holsten Center.

Supplies Needed:

Paper towels, paper napkins, toilet tissue, kleenex, cloth dish rags, cloth dish towels, dish soap, tall kitchen trash bags, large trash bags, baby wipes, playtex gloves, bleach, comet cleanser, glass cleaner, toilet brusher, all purpose cleaner, rag mops, industrial brooms, commercial dishwasher soap, washing  powder, feminine hygiene items, aspirin, tylenol,  bandaids, antibiotic ointment, hand sanitizer, bathroom air freshener spray, disinfectant spray, disposable diapers.

Linens Needed:

Twin flat sheets, twin blankets, bed pillows, pillow covers, bath towels, wash cloths, crib sheets, baby blankets.


While I was over at ATEC on Tuesday, I stopped by Mr. Walter Thompkins’ metalworking class where the students demonstrated a program called “Mastercam” to me.  This is a program used for automotive design.  I was really impressed with how the students explained the program to me and what the program is capable of doing.  I learned a lot and greatly appreciated the students taking time to talk with me.


It was fun starting the day up at Baron DeKalb yesterday.  This is a school that gets down to business instructionally right away.  One of the things Baron DeKalb does very well is recognizing students on its marquee.  I know it means a lot to the students.

Later in the day, I visited Ms. Sandy Pace’s choir class and Ms. Nancy Neal’s band class at Camden Middle.  They were working on holiday music and sounded great.  Started getting me in the spirit!