By the time March 2020 rolled around, SCORS, in the person of Carol Hillman, Dr. Vashti Washington and Dr. Arnold Hillman, had visited 21 of the then 41 (now 39) rural school districts. It was always a pleasure, not only seeing the school districts, but speaking to the school superintendent, central office folks, teachers, students and community members.
The visits were always too short. We saw programs such as the celebration of Chinese New Year at Laurens 56, a pre-school program in Clarendon 2, a board meeting in Jasper County and many others. We were thrilled with the reception we had gotten from our “family.”
Therefore, we are going to begin again to traverse the state. We are going to do a repeat performance in two districts that we visited some years ago. We are going up to Allendale County’s Fairfax elementary school to witness a kindergarten graduation. Dr. Margaret Gilmore has invited us to witness this event that will also have community members and parents there.
We will also visit our old friend, Dr. Thelma Sojourner at Bamberg 2 to see her new elementary building. Dr. Sojourner has been a steadfast supporter of SCORS and has done some miraculous things getting her community to support to build this school.
We anticipate visiting all of the remaining school districts. We can’t promise that we will conclude this year, but we will try. We do owe some visits to Scott Price at SCSBA, Sherry East at SCEA, Matthew Ferguson, exec. of the EOC and some college folk who have helped us.
We will do the best we can and hopefully we can take a big bite out of our list this coming school year.