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Editorial: New schools
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Today is an exciting day and the beginning of a new adventure for students of Camden, Lugoff and Wateree elementary schools as they enter brand new schools for the first time, on this, the first day of the second half of the school year.

It has been a long process, but a gratifying one and while the official grand openings won’t be celebrated until Thursday at Wateree and then again in a couple of weeks for Lugoff and Camden, the fact is, the true grand openings will be celebrated this morning, reflected in the happy smiles and palpable excitement of the students entering their new schools for the very first time.

We are glad to see the schools open; to us, it is progress made manifest. The schools don’t just represent shiny new places for our children to go spend six or so hours a day; they symbolize an important investment in our future. They may be just bricks and mortar -- and obviously, bricks and mortar don’t provide an education -- but they do represent our confidence that our future is going to be a bright one.

Those buildings clearly show the world that we are willing to give our students the best we possibly can and in return, we are confident we can expect great things from them -- for many years to come.