The Camden High Band Reunion this past Friday evening was a big success. I really enjoyed hearing the Bulldog Band Alums “strutting their stuff.” I also have to say how impressed I was with the tremendous progress the Bulldog Regiment has made over the past several weeks. Super job all around!!
One of my favorite events in the fall is the annual Optimist Club Picnic. The Optimist Club is a tremendous supporter of young people in our community. At the picnic , a number of students and members of the public safety community are recognized. I was especially pleased that Deputy Sonny Erwin from Lugoff-Elgin High School was recognized as the School Resource Officer of the Year. Sonny does a great job and has developed outstanding rapport with students and their families. A richly deserved honor!
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While walking around ATEC yesterday, I got really excited about the 1967 Corvette that the students in Larry Watkins’ Auto Tech class and David Weaver’s Collision Tech class will be restoring over the course of the school year. Last year, the students in these classes restored a vintage Mercedes and did a tremendous job. I’m looking forward to watching this work unfold. Real world stuff!!
Many, many thanks to Mr. Harvey Teal and the Kershaw County Historical Society for donating sets of books on local history to each of our middle schools. These books will be a tremendous resource in the teaching of South Carolina history to our eighth graders. I had a chance to take a look at the books, and they are extremely interesting and engaging. We are very blessed here in Kershaw County to have such an active Historical Society!
The community presentation about “Rachel’s Challenge” on Monday evening at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School was extremely powerful. I am very pleased that LEMS is implementing this program! The link below is the WLTX story about “Rachel’s Challenge.”
Spending Monday morning at Lugoff Elementary was a great way to start the week! I spent an hour in Hope Robinson’s class working with reading. I was very impressed with the new reading series and how the students are responding to it. I also got a big kick out of a break exercise the students did called “Sticky Glue.” (I could probably be bribed with the pictures.) I then spent time in Barbara Reeves’ fifth grade class working on subtraction of decimals. A really fun and very smart group! I also had the opportunity to work with Lynn Looney’s self-contained class. Lynn does a super job with this very special group. I then spent some time with School Nurse Annah Deal and helped Ms. Hicks’ kindergarten class with lunch. It was a big lift for me to be able spend time with kids, teachers and all the other folks who work so hard with our students.