The Junior Beta Club and Student Council joined together to lead Pine Tree Hill School's effort in raising money for the American Red Cross. Throughout the month of March, students filled containers in their classrooms with coins, dollars and checks. The total amount collected was more than $500. Junior Beta Club member Brodie Horton (left) and Student Council President Amy Kahler (right) presented the check to Margaret Bishop (center), Heroes Chair for Kershaw County American Red Cross.
Camden Elementary School was awarded a $1,500 "Healthy Living" grant from Kroger. The annual contest encourages schools to creatively demonstrate how they promoted healthy living for students throughout their communities. Camden Elementary representatives including (from left) Principal Ed Yount, School Improvement Council member Laura Battiata and Assistant Principal Jackie Norton accepted the honor from Kroger Manager Stephen Leonard (right).
The Baron DeKalb Elementary School Improvement Council (SIC) was recently presented the 2012 Dick and Tunky Riley Award for SIC Excellence. Accepting the award from Dick Riley (fourth from left), former S.C. governor and U.S. Secretary of Education, are (from left) Frederica Brown, teacher and SIC member; Darlene Platte, teacher; Principal Betty Turner; Candy Anderson, parent and SIC Chairperson; Patricia Leigh, teacher/PTO; community member Steve Leigh; Marcia Rogers, parent and SIC member; Kershaw County School District Superintendent (KCSD) Dr. Frank Morgan; and Timothy Hopkins, KCSD's executive director of elementary education.
Two former Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Teachers of the Year have added their names to a small list of classroom teachers that have obtained doctoral degrees. Dr. Holly Sullivan and Dr. Wendy Campbell earned Teacher of the Year (TOY) titles in the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 school years, respectively.
Lander University conferred degrees upon 182 graduates including several from Kershaw County at the university's spring commencement ceremonies in December. Brig. Gen. Darlene M. Goff, a Lander University graduate and the first woman promoted to general in the history of the S.C. Army National Guard, delivered the keynote address to a full house at Lander's Horne Arena.