Two excellent articles in this morning’s Chronicle-Independent about mentoring opportunities in the Kershaw County School District.  Even if you can simply eat lunch with a young person once a week, it will make a huge difference.  The principal of any school in the district would be happy to help you get involved!

A Good Tuesday Evening

I had the opportunity yesterday evening to stop by the Adult Education Program over at ATEC.  I was extremely pleased to see the large number of GED students and as always, was really impressed by the work being done by the Adult Ed teachers.  I hope every one of these folks can earn their GED.  I know the staff in the Adult Ed program will do everything possible to help this to happen.

Also got to see the North Central volleyball team absolutely dominate 4A Lancaster High School.  This is a very talented and well-coached team that plays really well together and with great enthusiasm.  Impressive!

Jackson Morning Show

When I stopped in at Jackson Elementary this morning, I got to catch the morning news show.  It was excellent!  Look out WIS!!!


Volleyball season starts this week at all three of our high schools.  If you’ve never seen a girls’ volleyball game, take the opportunity to do so.  It keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time.  Really exciting!  All three of our high schools have excellent programs.  Well worth the time!

A Thought-Provoking Book

Dr. Connie Long passed a book on to me last week called If She Only Knew Me.  It’s a short book, but a very powerful one.  It looks at school from the perspective of so many high risk kids that we serve.  One of the vignettes has a picture of a young man, maybe third or fourth grade, receiving a tardy pass in the office and wiping his eyes from crying.  The caption says, “If she only knew that I had to get my little brother up and ready for school this morning, she wouldn’t have fussed at me for being a few minutes late.”  Makes you think….

Fine Arts Center Hot Dog Lunch

I truly enjoyed spending a some time today at the Fine Arts Center Hot Dog Lunch.  This annual event is an opportunity for community members to tour the Center’s facilities, enjoy some great music, and have a hot dog with old friends and new friends.  It was good to see a lot of folks there.  Kudos to Tim Hopkins of the District staff for his leadership and work on this event.

An Excellent Friday

Started my day on Friday greeting the new Junior Leadership class over at the Mills Courthouse.  Junior Leadership is a year-long leadership program sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and involves eleventh grade students from our three high schools and Camden Military.  It’s always fun to watch how this group comes together over the course of the year.  I really enjoy stopping by for the group’s monthly sessions.Visited Doby’s Mill Elementary and traded barbs with Ms. Jakki Wiseman’s fifth grade class about the multiplication competition we’ll have sometime this year.  Their message to me was “bring it on!”  Ms. Wiseman does a great job with her kids in math!

Also visited Ms. Stephanie Desjarlais’ first graders, who were counting by 10 frontwards and backwards while jumping up and down.  I wish I had that much energy. 

While visiting Stover Middle, I was pleased to learn that Stover would be starting its own archery team.  Blaney Elementary, which shares a campus with Stover, has had a very successful program.  I appreciate the work that Blaney PE teacher Scott Lewis has done to get the Stover program off the ground!