Optimist Club Picnic

One of my favorite events each fall is the annual Optimist Club Picnic.  One of the highlights of this event is the recognition of public safety personnel in our community.  (Corporal Michelle Cobb of the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department was recognized as the “School Resource Officer of the Year,” a much -deserved honor.)  The Optimists do outstanding work for the youth of our community.  In fact, long-time KCSD principal Larry Patrick is one of the club’s founding members about 40 years ago.  A really nice evening of food and fellowship!

Father Surprises Son At School

Nice story from WIS on Specialist Matt Sword, just home from deployment, surprising his son Matt at Wateree Elementary School:



An Inspiration To A Group Of Students

Seven years ago, retired counselor Clifton H. Anderson was asked to mentor a group of students who were then fifth graders at Bethune Elementary School.  Over the past seven years, Mr. Anderson has stayed in touch with this group as the students have progressed through North Central Middle and North Central High School.  These students are now seniors, and every one of them is on track to graduate this spring.  I got to sit in this morning as Mr. Anderson and School Board member Carol Thompson visited with the students and talked with them about the importance of having goals and focusing on achieving them.  I also enjoyed seeing the pictures of how the students in the group had changed every year since the fifth grade.  Mr. Anderson has truly been an inspiration to these students, and a strong example of the positive impact of mentoring.

Around The District On Wednesday

I greatly enjoyed several things that I saw as I was around the District yesterday…

While over at Camden Elementary, I got to listen to a very engaging read-aloud in the media center.   The kids were really into it!

I can always tell a lot about the culture of a school by how it conducts a fire drill.  I saw an excellent one yesterday at Midway Elementary.

I got to sit in on a great discussion involving the school contacts for the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) program, which has been implemented in our elementary schools as part of the “Safe Schools/Health Students” grant.  I heard some excellent sharing and problem-solving!

Ended the day watching a hard-fought, well-played football game between Camden Middle and Stover Middle.

Lugoff-Elgin – Stover Volleyball Game

Attending the Lugoff-Elgin versus Stover girls’ volleyball game yesterday was an excellent way to end my day.  Both teams are very well-coached and played demonstrated good fundamental skills.  Since both schools feed into Lugoff-Elgin High School, it’s easy to see that LEHS has a very strong future in volleyball.  I had a great time watching these teams compete!

Great Time At WES And LES

I had a great time walking around Lugoff Elementary and Wateree Elementary today! 

Over at Lugoff, I saw a young man in Ms. Lynch’s class reading a Matt Christopher sports book.  When I was his age, I think I read every Matt Christopher book that had been written.  Years later, my own son did the same.  It’s nice to see that some things don’t change!

I really enjoyed the art done by fourth grades displayed near the office at Wateree Elementary.  The theme of the art was “Save the Ocean.”  Very, very well done!  I got a particular kick out Jasmine Kirkland’s work, which included a Gamecock theme!  I also had fun with Ms. Katherine Rogers first grade students as they finished up their library time.  Outstanding group!

Support The Blaney Archery Team

The Blaney Elementary Archery Team will be participating in the National Archery in the Schools (NASP) World Tournament on October 7-8 in Orlando, Florida.  In this tournament, the team will not only be competing against teams from the United States, but also from Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa. 

The team will be holding a car wash to raise funds for the trip this coming Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the May Plant Credit Union branch in Elgin.

 A great cause for a very hard working team!!!