Begin With Books promotes reading at home, early and often
By PATTY BENNETT-UFFELMAN and JANET SEGAL
Directors, Begin With Books
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
18, 2010 -- If you're reading this article, you probably grew up
with books in your home. What's the connection? Children who grow
up with books in their homes become readers.
for one in seven South Carolinians, reading this article would be
impossible, because 15 percent of adults in our state lack basic
literacy skills. Some blame our schools, but there's no doubt that
the foundation for literacy is built long before a student enters
school. Children who are around books and reading from birth to
age 5 are better prepared for school, do better in school, and do
better in life.
country music icon who didn't grow up with books has made it her
mission to make sure that other children, regardless of their family
income, would have books in their homes. Launched in 1996, the Dolly
Parton Imagination Library mails one brand-new, age-appropriate
book to all registered preschool children in affiliate regions.
Dolly Parton herself pays for the books in Sevier County, Tennessee;
Branson, Missouri; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, because that's
where her businesses operate. In other places, the communities,
or local organizations or individuals, pick up the tab for the books.
Begin With Books is a new local nonprofit organization that is bringing
the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to Charleston County. Begin
With Books is starting with a pilot project in Hollywood, Ravenel
and Meggett (St. Paul's Parish). When that project is operational,
the project will expand to other areas of Charleston County.
arrival of a new book in the home, month after month, will spark
questions and curiosity in the children. If a parent does nothing
but point to a picture on the page and name the picture or color,
the parent and child are actually taking their first steps toward
a literacy foundation, which is the association of words with
the printed page."
does it work? A team of experts at the Dolly Parton Imagination
Library selects the high-quality, culturally diverse books for each
pre-reading and reading level. The book list changes every year
so that siblings don't get the same books. And the books are extremely
affordable: Just $33 delivers one book per month to a child's home
for an entire year. Local volunteers register preschool children,
and the books are mailed directly to their homes, wrapped in clear
plastic, so everyone in the family can see that an exciting new
story has arrived.
question we're asked most often is, "What happens in a home
where the parents can't read?" Actually, even most "illiterate"
adults read at about a third-grade level, so the parents will be
able to read these books. The greater barrier to family reading
is actually lack of reading material in the home. Nonreading adults
typically do not buy books at all, and some families simply cannot
The arrival of a new book in the home, month after month, will spark
questions and curiosity in the children. If a parent does nothing
but point to a picture on the page and name the picture or color,
the parent and child are actually taking their first steps toward
a literacy foundation, which is the association of words with the
printed page. The parents may feel a new sense of empowerment and
engagement in being able to read these simple books to their children.
With Books will work with other county literacy and parenting outreach
organizations to encourage parents to take advantage of this program
and to read to -- and with- - their children. In an area like St.
Paul's Parish, where the public library is open only four days a
week and the nearest retail book source is up to 45 minutes away,
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library can truly open the door to education.
With Books is partnering with Palmetto Project Inc. to bring Dolly
Parton's Imagination Library to Charleston County. We are seeking
financial support from the business community, foundations, and
individuals who want to improve education in Charleston County.
can become a supporter by donating at http://www.beginwithbooks.org
or by following the Begin With Books tab at http://www.palmettoproject.org.
If you prefer, you may mail your donation to Palmetto Project/Books,
P. O. Box 183, Charleston, SC 29402.
anybody know the words to 'The Charleston'?
ANN THRASH, editor
18, 2010 -- A friend mentioned the other day that she and her husband
had gotten roped into dancing "The Charleston" with some
other couples at a fundraising talent show for a club to which they
belong. That's nothing too unusual, especially in the city for which
the dance is named. But get this: In addition to dancing, they have
to sing "The Charleston."
right, sing it. Which raises the question: When was the last time
you heard anybody sing "The Charleston"? And what the
heck are the words to this distinctive song of the Roaring '20s?
Charleston Currents readers are a sharp bunch, so we'd bet that
a handful of you know the lyrics to the song. But most people we
asked didn't know anything beyond the first two words -- which are,
of course, "Charleston, Charleston." What comes next,
no one knew.
the spirit of civic awareness, we decided we owed it to ourselves
to find out the words for a song so closely tied with the Holy City.
So, naturally, we started Googling. We learned that composer, lyricist
and music publisher Cecil Mack and pianist/composer James P. Johnson
wrote the lyrics and music for the song in 1923. It was part of
a popular 1923 Broadway musical comedy show called "Runnin'
next stop was YouTube, through which everything old is new again.
Our friend mentioned that her husband had found a video clip there
from a 1976 "Lawrence Welk Show" performance of "The
Charleston" - not just the dancing, but the singing, too. This
might be the first time we've ever heard the song sung in its entirety.
it out here.
also found out that Chubby Checker -- who was born in Spring Gulley,
S.C., which is near Andrews -- recorded a pretty snazzy rendition
of "The Charleston" called "The Charleston Rock"
to a sample of it here).
without further ado, we are pleased today to share with you the
words to "The Charleston." As proud Charlestonians, we're
going to work on committing this one to memory -- once someone tells
us what a lapazoo, buck dance, wing dance and back number are.
Made in Carolina,
Some dance, some prance,
I'll say, there's nothing finer
Than the Charleston, Charleston,
Lord, how you can shuffle.
Every step you do,
Leads to something new,
Man I'm tellin' you,
It's a lapazoo.
Buck dance, wing dance,
Will be a back number,
But the Charleston
The new Charleston,
That dance is surely a comer.
Sometime you'll dance it one time,
The dance called the Charleston,
Made in South Caroline.
Thrash is editor of CharlestonCurrents. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Small Business Resource Fair coming today
PETER LUCASH, contributing editor
18, 2010 -- Own
your own business or thinking of starting one? Then you can't miss
this free event at the library! There will be exhibitors, workshops,
Business Center tours and one-on-one counseling available. Business
Indigo will be providing some handout materials - we'll be there
in the morning.
Doing Business with Charleston County -- presented by Barrett
Tolbert, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
HR Tips for Small Business -- presented by Pat Eardley, human-resources
adviser, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Center Tours -- noon or 2:45 p.m.
Online Marketing Research -- presented by Amanda Holling, business
reference librarian, 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Matters! Funding Your Small Business -- presented by Mary Dickerson,
FastTracSC coordinator, and Cindi Rourk, loan officer with the
Charleston Local Development Group, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Exhibit Hall- - Come talk to representatives from 15 different
nonprofit or government business assistance programs and find
out how they can help your business; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(Service Corps of Retired Executives) counseling will be provided
on a first come, first served basis, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Surgical selected to present at CED Venture conference
Ion Surgical has been selected to present at the Venture 2010 conference
in the Research Triangle. The conference is hosted by the CED (Center
for Entrepreneurial Development).
Venture 2010 features more than 45 investment opportunities from
across the Southeast. The presenting companies represent technology,
clean tech, and life science industries in early, late, and university
stages of development.
in Charleston-based Immunologix
a Charleston-based biotechnology company that specializes in producing
fully human antibody-based therapeutics through a novel in vitro
system, received an investment Friday from SCRA's affiliate SCLaunch.
has worldwide exclusive licensing rights to a technology developed
in the laboratories of the Medical University of South Carolina
that allows for the production and selection of human antibodies
from cells recovered from discarded immune tissue.
Dr. Ryan Fiorini, Immunologix COO, said he plans to utilize the
investment to fully gear up his company's laboratory and hire an
additional lab technician from the outstanding scientific talent
located here in South Carolina's Lowcountry
Media Club urges participation in Twestival
lieu of a March event, Social Media Club Charleston members will
be supporting their friends that are organizing Charleston Twestival
on March 25. The club encourages everyone to take part in what's
shaping up to be an exciting social media event for a great cause.
For more details, visit http://charleston.twestival.com/
or read a recent
Charleston Currents column about the event.
Lucash is a Charleston-based businessman who runs Digital
CPE, a training, consulting and information media company that
works to improve the business management of organizations. You can
read and subscribe to the full edition of the Business
Indigo blog here.
albino alligator exhibit to open Saturday at aquarium
of only 50 albino alligators in the world will be part of the newly
renovated Blackwater Swamp exhibit at the South Carolina Aquarium
beginning March 20. Visitors to the exhibit will be able to see
the entirely translucent alligator just inches from where they stand,
aquarium officials say.
110-pound, 7-foot-long albino alligator lacks melanin, or coloration,
pigment in his eyes and skin. A natural occurrence, albinism only
occurs once for every 100,000 alligator hatchings. Extremely sensitive
to sunlight and without the ability to camouflage himself, the gator
could not survive on his own in the wild.
biologists say the alligator's habitat includes these special features:
Water within the exhibit is kept at an average of 75 degrees,
and the ambient air is two to three degrees warmer, averaging
77-79 degrees. Those conditions replicate the alligator's natural
environment, ensuring he remains comfortable and healthy.
The albino alligator habitat is the aquarium's second largest
fresh-water exhibit. At three feet deep, the exhibit includes
8,000 gallons of fresh water, allowing plenty of room for the
gator to swim and also bask on the land.
Lighting in the habitat is minimal, mimicking a blackwater swamp
at night. Special lighting considerations during the exhibit's
design phase ensure the reptile does not come into contact with
too much UV light. Lacking melanin, his skin can burn very easily.
an American alligator, the albino alligator will serve as an ambassador
for a species which was once close to extinction. In the 1970s,
the reptile was close to disappearing because of hunting and loss
of habitat. Management practices under the Endangered Species Act
allowed for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to pronounce the
reptile as completely recovered and remove it from the Endangered
Species listing in 1987.
The albino alligator was purchased from a partner Association of
Zoos and Aquariums facility and will be a part of the aquarium's
permanent collection. To see a video of the gator, go to http://www.scaquarium.org/gator.
The South Carolina Aquarium is an underwriting partner of CharlestonCurrents.com.
to help entrepreneurs maximize technology
can learn how to make the most of new technologies through the upcoming
FastTrac TechVenture program, an award-winning statewide program
designed for those in the fields of technology or life sciences.
TechVenture is 30 hours of instruction over 10 modules around the
state. It focuses on the specific needs of entrepreneurs whose business
ideas are based on developing and marketing technology; developing
technology that enables creation or enhancement of a nontechnology
business; or developing biotechnology and life sciences products
the program, entrepreneurs learn to strengthen their ability to
make critical decisions and equip themselves with the knowledge
and skills needed to improve the performance of their potential
or existing technology businesses. The primary objectives of the
program are to enable them to effectively evaluate and improve their
business concept; express the business concept through an "elevator
pitch," a business plan, and an investor presentation; and
build a network of entrepreneurial peers and important mentor relationships.
At the graduation ceremony, participants will have a chance to pitch
their technology business to potential investors - venture capitalists,
"angels," corporate R&D representatives, etc.).
will be held May 20-21 in Aiken, June 17-June 18 in Charleston,
July 15-July 16 in Greenville and Aug. 19-20 in Columbia. The cost
is $595. The room rate at the hotels where the program will meet
is $100 a night. All meals are included.
more information on TechVenture and the other programs offered by
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to benefit from reception at Old Village Post House
Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy will benefit from an upcoming reception
at the Old Village Post House that will give guests a chance to
test their "wine IQ." The event takes place from 6 p.m.
to 8 p.m. March 22 at the Post House, 101 Pitt St. at Venning Street,
can enjoy wines, hors d'oeuvres and networking while seeing how
much they know about wine. "This reception is a fun opportunity
to support a local organization which gives so much to individuals
and families in our community," says Paul Thompson, general
manager of the Old Village Post House. "The annual event will
raise monies for the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy and increase visibility
for the services they provide - services that many people are unaware
of until they or someone they know is involved in a tragic situation."
cost of the event is $75 per person, with 100% of proceeds benefitting
Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy. Reservations should be made in advance;
call the chaplaincy at 724-1212.
us your reviews
If you have a review or recommendation of a book, movie, restaurant
or local arts endeavor, please send no more than 150 words to
editor Ann Thrash.
Make sure to include your name and full contact information.
Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge
in 1990, the Ernest
F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is part
of the federal system of refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service. The refuge represents the federal role in the larger ACE
Basin Project with two units, one on the Combahee River and the
other on the Edisto River. The headquarters for the NWR is located
at the Grove, a rice plantation begun in 1825 on the Edisto River.
The plantation house dates from 1828 and was listed in the National
Register of Historic Places in 1978. The Nature Conservancy purchased
the Grove in 1991 and sold it to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
the following year.
a total of nearly twelve thousand acres, the ACE Basin NWR is managed
for wildlife with careful attention given to habitat preservation.
The estuary is home to a wide variety of birds, fish, and game,
including such endangered and threatened species as wood storks,
osprey, bald eagles, and shortnose sturgeon. Limited public fishing
and hunting for deer and waterfowl are permitted. With the completion
of additional purchases, the future size of the refuge may reach
eighteen thousand acres.
refuge contains canals and dikes from the days when the land was
home to large rice plantations. Through control of water levels,
the former rice fields are used to encourage habitats for waterfowl
and other bird species. Additionally, the NWR uses controlled burning
as a tool for creating and maintaining habitat for turkey, quail,
and songbirds. The refuge was renamed to honor Hollings,
a retired U.S. senator, in 2005.
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March is National
Nutrition Month, and Verizon Wireless Call Center in Charleston
marked the occasion with a recent companywide celebration offering
educational games and activities to promote employees' good nutrition
and health. Shannon Coakley, the health and wellness coordinator
at the Charleston Call Center, says that because employees have
desk-bound jobs, it's especially important to encourage eating right
and staying active. Shannon shares these five ways the company promotes
an on-site gym with personal trainers available during all hours
of operation. Membership is $15 a month, which includes the services
of the trainer.
initiatives build in a competitive element, and employees are
rewarded when they reach their goals.
nutrition counseling and group nutrition classes are offered.
- The on-site
cafeteria offers a "balanced choice option" meal that
is low in cholesterol, sodium and fat content and is under 500
smoking has an impact on a person's ability to absorb vitamins
and minerals, the company offers an online smoking cessation program
for employees and their spouses/partners called Quit Net. Participants
get free e-mail tips, telephone check-ups, 24/7 access to Web
info, and free nicotine replacement therapy - and those who successfully
quit get free on-site gym memberships for life.
is really work unless you would rather be doing something else."
M. Barrie, Scottish novelist (1860-1937)
Business Resource Fair: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 18, Charleston
County Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. Free event with representatives
of business organizations and government agencies that help small
businesses secure financing, create a business plan and work with
governments. Workshops include "Doing Business with Charleston
County," "Top HR Tips for Small Business," "Do-It-Yourself
Online Marketing Research" and "Money Matters! Funding
Your Small Business." More info/workshop schedule: 805-6930
Thursday/Art Walk: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 18, downtown
Summerville. Summerville DREAM celebrates spring with outdoor musical
entertainment at three venues downtown, along with local artists
and artisans displaying their crafts on Short Central Street. Stores
and restaurants will be open late with special promotions. Classic
car show with vintage Fords. More info
online or 821-7260.
Helpers Oyster Roast: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. March 20, Charleston
Visitor Center, 375 Meeting St., downtown. All-you-can-eat oysters,
Lowcountry boil, chili, hot dogs, veggie dogs, non-alcoholic beverages
and more; beer and wine available for an additional charge. Music
by the Shakin' Martinis. Tickets: adults $35 in advance or $40 at
the door; ages 6-12 are $10 in advance, $15 at the door; younger
than 6 eat free. Get tickets online at www.pethelpers.org or by
phone at 795-1110, ext. 11.
8 p.m. March 19 and March 20, 3 p.m. March 21,
Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St., downtown. Charleston Ballet
Theatre's world premiere of choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr's interpretation
of the story of the legendary Spanish-American hero. Hollywood stuntman
Tim Bell came to Charleston to choreograph the extensive sword fighting
and work with the dancers. Special "Tavern Seating" tickets
($75 per person) will give patrons a seat at lavishly decorated
banquet style tables on the "Zorro" set while they enjoy
bottomless glasses of sangria and Spanish-themed tapas (wear your
best Spanish attire). Tickets: $45, $40, $35; students get $10 off
(except for Tavern Seating); Sunday matinee tickets are $15 for
students. Call 723-7334 or buy
House Furniture Tours: 4 p.m. March 18 and March 19,
and 10 a.m. March 20, Heyward-Washington House, 87 Church
St. downtown. The Charleston Museum's Heyward-Washington House will
host furniture-focused tours with special information on the significant
18th-century English and Charleston-made furniture collection housed
there. Visitors can learn about Charleston cabinetmakers, locally
harvested and imported wood, and the influence of Thomas Chippendale.
Reservations not required. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children (free
for museum members). More info: 722-2996, ext. 235, or visit
Island 5K Race/Walk: 9 a.m. March 20, Bishop England
High School, Daniel Island. The 12th annual 5K run and walk also
includes a kids' fun run (ages 12 and under; starts at 10 a.m.).
Run and walk start and end at the school and wind through scenic
Daniel Island. Proceeds benefit the BEHS track and cross-country
programs. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three overall male
and female finishers. The top three finishers in each age group
will receive merchandise or gift certificates. Each Kids Run participant
will receive a medal. Register
online or, for printable forms and more race details, including
Appreciation Day: March 21. Charleston County Park and
Recreation Commission offers free gate admission at Ravenel Caw
Caw Interpretive Center, North Charleston Wannamaker, Mount Pleasant
Palmetto Islands and James Island County Parks. Parking will be
free at Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Folly Beach County Park and Isle
of Palms County Parks. In addition, parking and fishing are free
at the Folly Beach Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier. The Mount Pleasant
Pier will offer free fishing, but parking fees still apply. More
info online or
ONGOING AND SOON
of Drayton Hall: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
in March, Drayton Hall Plantation, 3380 Ashley River Road. The
historic site will mark Women's History Month with special programs
focusing on the lives of the women of Drayton Hall, both black and
white, who have distinguished themselves over the past three centuries.
Tour included with regular admission: $15 adults; $8 ages 12-18;
$6 ages 6-11; free for ages 5 and under. Reservations (recommended):
Glucose Screenings: 8 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. March 23, East
Cooper Coastal Family Physicians, 1200 Two Island Court, Suite #,
Mount Pleasant. East Cooper Coastal Family Physicians will be giving
free glucose screenings in honor of American Diabetes Association
Alert Day. Call 849-1300 to schedule at test.
Herrick Book Signings: Holly Herrick, author of "The
Charleston Chef's Table" and "Southern Farmers Market,"
will be signing books at several upcoming events downtown. Herrick
will be at the Historic Charleston Foundation boutique, 108 Meeting
St., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23. She will also be at
the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League's Designer Showhouse, 120
South Battery, from noon to 2 p.m. March 27, April 2 and April 5.
A portion of revenues from the Designer Showhouse signings will
benefit the CSO. Tickets to the showhouse are available
Seafood Dinner: 7 p.m. March 23, BLU Restaurant, 1 Center
St., Folly Beach. Five courses of sustainable seafood, paired with
wine from King Estate Winery. Between courses, guests will have
the opportunity to learn how to help ensure we have fish for the
future and how to choose seafood that will minimize our impact on
the environment. Menu includes a fried oyster po' boy, shrimp bruschetta,
pan-seared sea scallops, and shellfish paella. Cost: $50 plus tax
and gratuity. BLU will donate 10% of the dinner revenue to support
the South Carolina Aquarium's Sustainable Seafood Initiative. Reservations:
Outlook Conference: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 24, Charleston
Area Convention Center. The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce's
annual Economic Outlook Conference will feature an 18- to 24-month
look ahead at the region's key economic sectors. Keynote speaker
is Matt Martin, senior vice president and Charlotte regional executive
for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Cost: $95 chamber members,
$150 nonmembers. Registration/more
Ball: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. March 25, South Carolina Aquarium,
100 Aquarium Wharf, downtown. The first Charleston Water Ball is
sponsored by the Charleston Waterkeeper as a celebration and an
evening dedicated to clean water. Features a silent auction; food
and cocktails from vendors impacted by the quality of local waterways;
educational displays; and the unveiling of an iPhone app that allows
users to report problems or suspicious activities on the water.
Tickets: $50; available
online. Sponsorship opportunities also available.
7 p.m. March 25, Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St., downtown.
Charleston Symphony Orchestra presents a concert titled "Beyond
Belief," which will include classical and contemporary pieces
all tied to Greek mythology. The show is casual, interactive and
intimate and will last about an hour. Tickets: $25 adults, $5 students
with valid student ID. Available at the door the day of the show
beginning at 5 p.m. or online.
Cajun Festival: Noon to 6 p.m. March 28, James Island
County Park, 871 Riverland Drive. Featuring music, food, crawfish-eating
contest, children's activities, and more. Performers include Leroy
Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners and Nathan and the Zydeco Cha
Chas. No coolers, outside beverages, or dogs permitted. Tickets:
$10 adults; free for Gold Pass holders and children 12 and under.
More information: 795-4FUN or online.
Sunday Celebration: 5 p.m. March 28, Citadel Square Baptist
Church, 328 Meeting St., downtown. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Gospel Choir will offer the debut performance of "Sacred Music
and Liturgical Dance: A Palm Sunday Celebration." Concert will
feature European classics, gospel and spirituals, as well as liturgical
dance by members of Ebenezer AME Church and Centenary United Methodist
Church. Tickets: $10 per person at the door or in advance during
regular Monday-Friday box office hours at the Gaillard Auditorium,
77 Calhoun St.
Street Reopening: 6 p.m. April 1, Dock Street Theatre.
Gala concert planned by Spoleto Festival USA for the reopening of
the theatre after three years of renovations. Performances include
a sneak peek of the Spoleto opera "Flora," which was first
performed at the Dock Street in 1736. Events include champagne reception,
performance and seated dinner. Tickets range from $250 to $1,000.
Call 579-3100 or buy
Ladies Easter Promenade: 11 a.m. April 3, Meeting Street
between Broad and South Battery, downtown. Members of the Hat Ladies
and their families will take their annual elegant stroll down one
of the city's most recognizable streets in honor of hat-wearing
traditions. Free. More
info online or call 762-6679.
Art and House Tour: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 9, Kiawah
Island. The 10th annual tour, sponsored by the volunteer group Gibbes,
etc., benefits the Gibbes Museum of Art. Tour features six homes
that have distinctive art collections and dramatic views of the
salt marsh, creeks, ocean and woodlands. Tickets: $55 per person
(includes tour, light refreshments throughout the afternoon at the
Cassique clubhouse, and an admission pass to the Gibbes Museum of
Art valid through Dec. 30. Buy at the Gibbes Museum Store, online,
or by calling 722-2706, ext. 21.
& Garden Tours: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 9 and April
10, downtown Charleston. The Garden Club of Charleston offers
its 75th annual walking tour of private homes and gardens in the
Historic District. Homes also feature flowers arranged by garden
club members, and refreshments will be served in one of the gardens.
All proceeds benefit the garden club's year-round maintenance of
several public gardens, including those at the Manigault House,
the Heyward-Washington House, the Gateway Walk and the Healing Garden
at MUSC. Tickets: $35. Details: Online
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