School starts in one week and Open House is on Monday. Please come! You get to meet teachers and new families. You can see classrooms and leave school supplies to make Wednesday morning easier. We have information for you and we can answer questions. We have sign-up sheets for extra-curricular activities.
In our third year, the 4-H agent for Clarendon County, Mary Margaret McCaskill, helped launch our annual incubator project. She brought equipment, trained us, and loaned a dozen eggs. We are all in for nature study! On hatching day we rotate through classes to watch the eggs in fifteen-minute bites. Students observe and collect data. Last year, we hatched duck eggs.
We also learned how well 4-H fits our mission. “I pledge my HEAD to clearer thinking, my HEART to greater loyalty, my HANDS to larger service, and my HEALTH to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.” Tina Proffit did 4-H in her youth and she stepped up in the fourth year to start our 4-H Friendship Club. She organizes meetings, plans activities, and keeps adults informed. She helps students involved with the 4-H Livestock Club learn how to do their projects and show at the fair. Tina models the spirit of 4-H and our club members are blessed by her giving and encouraging spirit.
Our archery club also launched that year. We had a parent with no experience take on a big job. Kristie Anderson cleared obstacles, got equipment for the school, and became certified by South Carolina’s NASP. She comes twice a month to set up the field and instruct our students. She organizes volunteers and coordinates field trips for participation in tournaments. Last year, another parent, David Strickland, built an archery shed. Our high school students took a unit on archery as part of their P. E. credit. We are thankful for many volunteers who have supported archery and Kristie, who is driving force behind it.
The halls were alive with the sound of music in our fifth year when concert violinist Johanna Pressley joined Harvest. She started a violin ensemble for the community. Her enthusiasm and patience are boundless and we are thankful that God sent her to us. Students who like to make a joyful noise with their voices asked why we didn’t have a chorus club. The staff referred them to Tammy Glaser who tuned her vocal pipes through a phenomenal music program at the U. S. Naval Academy. She and Johanna collaborate so that both musical groups perform together.
One ingredient that makes our clubs successful is you! People like you have come forward to volunteer. Some leave their comfort zone to try something new. Your child’s enjoyment of the full Harvest experience depends upon generous donations of time. Every week, we offer activities cut in most schools and our ability to share the riches depends on volunteers. Parents, grandparents, and extended families are most needed Tuesday and Thursday after lunch. We offer training at the Large Room meetings to help you feel confident in what to do. The only expertise required is a warm smile and an encouraging heart.
A community called to offer another way to learn for students in Clarendon County