The Junior Leadership graduation ceremony is another one of my favorite occasions. This program, which is a partnership between the Chamber, our three high schools, and Camden Military, is a gem in our state. Junior Leadership provides a year-long leadership development experience to a group of juniors and seniors. It is always fun for me to watch the group’s growth over the course of the school year. It’s a great privilege for me to be able to take part in the graduation ceremony. Many thanks to all who make this unique program possible!
I am very proud of the fact that the Kershaw County School District, the Kershaw County Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands have received a $50,000 grant to promote reading enrichment in the various summer camp programs in our community this coming summer. This is the kind of innovative partnership that I believe makes Kershaw County stand out!
On my first day as a principal, my father-in-law, a retired school maintenance guy, gave me some words of wisdom. He told me that if the principal didn’t show up, the school would run just fine but if the secretaries didn’t come to work, it wouldn’t be too pretty. I learned very quickly that he was right. Happy Administrative Professionals Day to the folks who make it all run smoothly!!
Great news about the Lugoff-Elgin High School Marching Pride!!
The LEHS Band has earned the South Carolina Band Directors (SCBDA) Outstanding Performance Award for the 2015-2016 school year! This is the highest state honor any band can receive in South Carolina. This is the first time since LEHS was designated as a 4-A school that this honor has been earned by the Band. Points are awarded for each SCBDA function the band competes/performs in and only those bands meeting the superior criteria set forth by the SCBDA are recognized with this award.
I’ve been talking a lot about this for several years…..The state is not funding its legal obligation for schools, or local governments for that matter, and leaves School Boards and County Councils holding the bag. This is why teachers can’t be paid as they deserve to be and that needed programs aren’t being funded. Funding roads out of the State General Fund has only made it worse.
It was a joy for me to join Amanda Harris, Billy Smith, and many other educators at Sunday morning’s Education Celebration at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. I was inspired by the service and warmed by the wonderful hospitality of the congregation. Mt. Moriah has been an integral part of our community for 150 years. I am extremely grateful for everything this church has done and continues to do to support our district, our students, and their families. A wonderful and uplifting worship experience!!
Our annual Teacher of the Year event, which was held this past evening, is one of those events that I circle in red on my calendar because it is such a true celebration of teaching and teachers. Craig Jelks, a social studies teacher at Stover Middle School, was named this year’s Kershaw County Teacher of the Year. Amy Goodwin, an English and journalism teacher at Camden High School, was named First Alternate, and Lindsey Catoe, a third grade teacher at Midway, was named Outstanding First Year Teacher. Dena Stanley, a senior at Lugoff-Elgin High School, was awarded the Mary Ann Blaskowitz Scholarship to help her pursue collegiate study to become a teacher. Many, many thanks to everyone who helped make this wonderful and uplifting event happen! A great night for Kershaw County!