Everyone has that special teacher in their memory, that one person that made a difference in your life, the spark that ignited the lamp of knowledge. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to pay tribute to this miraculous individual? Well, you can. The South Carolina Future Minds organization is sponsoring a tribute page, a place on the internet where you can share the memories of your favorite teachers. Just go to www.scfutureminds.org and click on the “May is Teacher Appreciation Month!” link to share your story. At the end of the month, one honored teacher will be randomly selected to win a free five-night Caribbean vacation courtesy of Bojangles. And teachers, don’t forget to go to the sight to see if your students shared thoughts of how you touched their life.
District Announces Make-up Day
Marion County School District has announced that June 5th, 2015 will be used to make-up the day missed due to inclement weather on February 24th, 2015. Schools will operate on a half-day schedule on that day. Primary and elementary schools will dismiss at 11:30 AM. Middle and high schools will dismiss at 12:30 PM.
Anti-bullying Program Presented to District Students
Marion County School District 4th through 7th graders were treated to an anti-bullying program on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Bullies in the Hall, a play written and produced by Triza Cox, and performed by herself and her troupe from Sobiepan Productions, LLC in partnership with the Marion County R.I.S.E. Mentoring School provided students with a dramatization on how bullying effects other people. Taking the posture of “taking care of each other” students were shown that most mean spirited talk and actions on social media is a result of not knowing the other person. Taking even a moment to talk with someone may show personal connections that we weren’t aware existed. The play used humor, dance, song and a few sobering moments to get its point across.
“The actors did an excellent job of entertaining the students with a purpose,” commented Dr. Kandace Bethea, Marion County School District’s Deputy Superintendent. “Bullying is a very serious issue that we contend with on a daily basis in our schools.” Bethea went on to talk about the various issues tied to bullying including student self-esteem and overall success in life. With the development of social media, bullying has risen to epidemic proportions with sometimes devastating results.
Bethea thanked Mrs. Elista Smith, Executive Director of the R.I.S.E. program and Cox who is Executive Director of Sobipan Productions on coming to together to address problems that are not just in our schools but in our community. “These types of partnerships are invaluable to our district for our students.” said Bethea. “We are grateful for their efforts.”
Support Our Schools!
Marion County School District has teamed up with SC Future Minds to provide a way for the community to help support our schools. By clicking on the "Donate Now" button on the school webpage, you can make a donation by credit or debit card to the school of your choice. You must go to the school webpage to make sure that your donation goes to that particular school. You can see the "donate now" button below. Press the button to be taken to the site that will allow you to make a donation to support your school. Thanks for your help and thoughtfulness!