Brian Mays Recognized As “Community Builder”

Mr. Brian Mays, Director of the Jackson Teen Center, was recognized by WIS and Mungo Homes as a “Community Builder”…..A richly deserved honor!!

http://www.wistv.com/story/34108800/community-builder-camden-couple-inspires-youth-through-teen-center

Mid Carolina Holiday Classic

The second annual Mid Carolina Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament was again a great success!  Many thanks to Mid Carolina Credit Union for again being the lead sponsor and to the many other businesses that also stepped up to sponsor.  Thanks also to WPUB and KM Productions for broadcasting the games.  A wonderful community event!

Giving Back At Christmas

I am extremely proud of the way in which our schools have reached out into the community to help those in need during the holiday season.  I believe the culture of “giving back” in our schools reflects a community that places great emphasis on service to others.  Our young people model what they see.

Wisdom From Teacher Cadets

So I’m walking into the office at Camden Elementary, and I come upon several Teacher Cadets from Camden High School who are getting ready to go back to CHS. I asked them what they had learned throught their experience as Teacher Cadets, and one of them quickly said “Patience”, with the others nodding in agreement. Great answer! Made my day!!

Two Exemplary Public Servants

This past evening, the School Board and the community recognized Mr. Louis Clyburn and Ms. Mara Jones, who are leaving the School Board.  I say this a lot, but I sincerely believe that being on a School Board is the most difficult public service job in a community.  These two individuals gave dedicated service to the families and educators of our community and deserve much gratitude.

LEHS Literacy Express

I thought this was very impressive….The  Lugoff -Elgin High School Literacy Express raised money to purchase over 500 books that were distributed at the Lights of Lugoff Parade on December 10th.  I’d never seen this done for a parade before!  Over 350 LEHS students have participated in Literacy Express events over the last three years.  These students have visited 720 classrooms and read to over 18,000 elementary students in the West Wateree area.  This is truly putting the idea of promoting literacy into action!

Rotary Dictionaries

Each year, the Camden Rotary Club  and the West Wateree Rotary Club partner to distribute dictionaries to every third grader in Kershaw County.  I know I am a bit (or more than a bit) of a dinosaur, but I believe that even in this digital age, dictionaries and the ability to use a dictionary are keys to good reading and writing.  This is a wonderful project that is of tremendous benefit to our students and the teachers that work with them every day.  Many thanks to both clubs!!