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County legislators sponsor Walkers Teacher of Year bid
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State senators Joel Lourie and Vincent Sheheen, along with State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk, recently honored the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) by sponsoring KCSD Teacher of the Year Helen Walker’s appearance at the South Carolina Teacher of the Year celebration in Columbia to be held Tuesday.

Walker teaches music at Doby’s Mill Elementary School in Lugoff and will be honored at the event organized by South Carolina Future Minds, a non-profit that organizes private support for the state’s public schools. Walker will have an especially exciting night, as she is one of five finalists vying to become the 2012-13 S.C. Teacher of the Year.

The lawmakers asked to sponsor Walker before she was announced as a finalist.

“The support of senators Lourie and Sheheen as well as Representative Funderburk underscores the importance of great teachers to all of us,” said SC Future Minds Executive Director Trip DuBard. “We’re all proud of and grateful for teachers like Ms. Walker.”

The S.C. Teacher of the Year celebration will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The event brings together leaders of government, business and education to honor the best teachers from all 87 South Carolina school districts. At evening’s end, one teacher will be named the 2012-13 S.C. Teacher of the Year, and receive use of a BMW X3 for the next year.

The evening begins with a public parade of teachers at 5:30 p.m. into the Columbia Convention Center located downtown at 1101 Lincoln St. The public is invited to cheer on the state’s best teachers as a marching band leads them to the largest celebration of public education in South Carolina.

The event is sponsored by BMW, with support from a wide array of South Carolina’s top corporations.