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Conservation Alive and Well in Kershaw County Schools

Posted: February 11, 2014 4:57 p.m.
Updated: February 12, 2014 5:00 a.m.
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Poster Contest Winners (Left to right) at Midway Elementary: Johnathan Gullard, James Jones, Juan Sanchez, and Margaret Carter.

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Bethune Elementary students in grades K-5 recently participated in an Arbor Day Celebration led by Ms. Martha McCaskill. The students came together to sing songs, recite poems, and do skits that celebrated the benefits that trees add to our environment. Both staff and student’s worked together and did an excellent job.

The Welcome was performed by Olivia Young, the Pledge by Tabatha Catoe, the Arbor Day Paper was presented by Carrie Eubanks, a Poem on Trees was given by Shanyla Danzy, and Facts about Trees by Nakoyiss Sweetenburg. The kindergarten helpers were Billy Dreenan, Bailey Freeman, Madison Stevens, Kayleigh West  and Keyshawn Miller.

"Did you know?" was performed by Zoie Beebe and the closing words for the day’s program were spoken by Candis Carter.

In addition, The Kershaw Soil and Water Conservation District recently sponsored a “Where Does Your Water Shed?” Poster Contest for students Grades K-8 in the County. The Contest was open to students in public, private, and homeschool settings. Students were given information on what a water shed is, and also resources to help them with their artwork. Ribbons, and cash awards, were given to students  for First, Second, Third Place and Honorable Mention.

The awards were presented at Doby’s Mill and Midway Elementary Schools and Camden Middle School. The Conservation District used the poster contests to educate students on the importance of fresh water and to understand watersheds.

Kershaw Conservation District commissioners judged over 60 posters on Conservation Message, Visual Effectiveness  and Originality. First place winners went on to compete at the State South Carolina Association of Conservation Districts Competition. The Kershaw Conservation District will sponsor another contest for schools Spring 2014, entitled "Dig Deeper, Mysteries in the Soil."

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