Crews begin demolishing the band room of the old Camden Middle School (CMS) campus Wednesday on Laurens Street. Following CMS' move to McRae Road several years ago, the Kershaw County School District attempted to sell the property twice to developers who had proposed creating a new residential area by extending Jordan Street south to Jordan Street. Neighbors fought the move, leaving the property vacant for years and subject to vandalism. The district decided earlier this year to demolish the remaining buildings and have the debris removed in order to make the property more attractive to sell.
Nineteen practical nursing students at the Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) received their nursing pins, participated in a candle lighting ceremony and said the Practical Nurse's Pledge after they earned their diplomas last May 24.
Camden Elementary School of the Creative Arts students in Renee Thompson and Donna Reyes' special needs classes treated their mothers to tea at the Palmetto Coffee Shoppe and Tea Room to celebrate Mother's Day.
Programs funded by a grant obtained by Kershaw County following the 2007 gang-related shooting death of a high school student now employ 41 full- and part-time residents. It has helped reduce recidivism at the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) Continuous Learning Center (CLC), provided "targeted" counseling to 2,900 students and created a positive behavioral program that will be expanded to all middle schools.
Camden Middle School teacher Lori Cooper is among a group of educators from across the Palmetto State who have been chosen to serve on the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement's (CERRA) Advisory Board.