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A promise well kept

Posted: November 16, 2010 5:29 p.m.
Updated: November 17, 2010 5:00 a.m.
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Keeping a promise he made to a group of fifth graders at Bethune Elementary School in 2005, Clifton Harryton Anderson (far right), a retired mental health professional, volunteer mentor and the recipient of the Order of the Silver Crescent, the state’s highest honor for volunteer and community service, has made unannounced regular visits with the students each year since 2005. In the beginning, he spoke with the students about peer pressure, bullying, anger, self-esteem, attitude, making healthy decisions and adapting to new situations during their educational journey. Oct. 26, he visited the students, who are in the eleventh grade at North Central High School, including first row, from left, Dr. Frank Morgan, Superintendent of Kershaw County School District who has visited the students with Anderson on two occasions, Lindsey Rogers, Lacey Rogers, Justin Dunham, Alexis Ponds, and Rusty Reeves. On the second row are Marco Dunham, Miles Dunham, Robert Blackwell, and Ealey Seegars. Anderson spoke with the students one on one and as a group. He learned from their counselor that the students are performing well academically and participating in school activities with good behavior.

Morgan encouraged the students to continue to work hard, stay focused, and look forward to graduating from North Central High School in the Class of 2012. Anderson said that was one of the students’ long-term goals when he first began mentoring them in the fifth grade.

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