New book to profile YESCarolina's successes
By JIMMY BAILEY
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
7, 2010 - South Carolina leads the nation in one very important
life-relevant skill: to take our kids and put them in the mindset
of what they need to do to compete in the economy.
understand the importance of the entrepreneurial spirit and have
parlayed that spirit into Youth Entrepreneurship South Carolina.
Our organization promotes an entrepreneurial mentality among young
people. "The Spirit of Outreach," a book coming out later
this year, will profile a number of YESCarolina's success stories.
YESCarolina was conceived as a result of my reading an article about
a speech made by Steve Marrioti about solving the problem of poverty
through the idea of entrepreneurship. It was really one of those
"a-ha!" moments for me, when I read the article. I was
poor growing up.
made sense to me - this article is not just for me to read, but
about me and others like me. I contacted Steve Marriotti with the
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and said, "I want to
bring this to Charleston." I couldn't have done it without
many others. We all sat down and decided we'd take money out of
our pockets and bring an instructor from New York. We did that two
years in a row, then the General Assembly was interested in providing
the training to all teachers in South Carolina.
has become a vocation. We've trained 500 teachers in South Carolina
how to teach with a very specific curriculum: Entrepreneurship.
It is an interesting example of how a few people can affect change.
problem of poverty has always been something that I understood.
To be able to provide and plant a seed of financial independence
in as many young South Carolinians as possible is our goal.
FOR OCT. 21
some fun while you help out. YESCarolina is sponsoring Casablanca
After Hours, a night of the spirit and spice of Morocco
in downtown Charleston. Sip on cocktails in the market of
Marrakesh and then head over to Rick's Café for dinner
and a jazz performance by Ann Caldwell.
Thursday, Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m.
Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. Dress: Black tie optional.
are available online
day one, we thought we should have profiles of young entrepreneurs,
and that's where the upcoming book, "The Spirit of Outreach,"
my estimation, peer pressure works both positively and negatively.
Seeing one's peers in a book, with a business that is either an
idea or established, is more important for young struggling students
in South Carolina than to see the multimillionaires that they just
can't relate to. If one kid in each community is affected positively,
that's pretty good stuff.
of YESCarolina's students, Hunter Dean of Beaufort, submitted his
idea for a renewable green energy project (to convert kitchen grease
into fuel) to the Oppenheimer Future Enterprisers competition. Hunter
and 12 other YESCarolina students from around the state will be
at the gala (see box) to present their business plans.
hope the book will reach kids in a way that we adults can't reach
them. It will provide the motivation for them to seek out an entrepreneurial
course in their school, and they might end up starting and operating
their own business. It's just so important for a lot of these kids
to have a success - some of them have never had a success before.
Most of them have such great street sense, they could be inspired
by something in the book that they can duplicate in their community
and start making some money.
Bailey, a former state legislator and president of Bailey &
Associates commercial real estate agency, is the founder of YESCarolina.
'Jews and Baseball' to be screened at Sottile Oct. 24
By ANN THRASH, contributing editor
7, 2010 - If you know a serious baseball fan, there's a good chance
he or she is a history buff, too. The two subjects just seem to
go together. You could certainly make a good case that people who
love baseball relish its history and traditions more than any other
group of fans relishes a sport.
seems like a natural fit, then, that a history-loving, baseball-loving
place like Charleston is one of only a handful of medium-sized cities
to be the site for a screening of a new baseball documentary that
focuses on a unique aspect of the game's history: the role and contribution
of Jewish players in the Major Leagues and the special meaning the
game has for many American Jews.
and Baseball: An American Love Story" will be screened on Oct.
24 at the Sottile Theatre downtown. The Charleston Jewish Experience,
which is hosting the event, hopes this "Night of Jewish Film"
will become an annual event to be called the Charleston Jewish Film
perhaps not widely known, but Charleston has a distinctive place
in the history of Judaism in America. The city's earliest governing
document made freedom of worship a cornerstone, attracting a number
of Jewish families to the colony virtually from its founding. Charleston's
Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim congregation, founded in 1749, was one
of the first five Jewish congregations established in America, and
its present sanctuary is the second-oldest synagogue building in
the United States -- and the oldest in continuous use. By 1800,
according to historian Walter Edgar's "South Carolina Encyclopedia,"
by 1800 one-fifth of all Jews in the United States lived in Charleston.
by Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times sportswriter Ira
Berkow and narrated by actor Dustin Hoffman, "Jews and Baseball"
features some wonderful old footage and stories about great baseball
players from the 19th century to the present. It includes a rare
interview with Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, who earned national attention
when he decided not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because
it fell on the Jewish High Holy Day of Yom Kippur. Others interviewed,
both inside and outside the game, include Yogi Berra, Kevin Youkilis,
Shawn Green, talk show host Larry King, and director Ron Howard.
the film's trailer -- watch
it here -- players talk about fighting through stereotypes about
Jews being bad at all sports. Far worse, they dealt with outright
discrimination -- hotels that didn't want Jewish players to stay
there, for example. Fans and even players on other teams made Jewish
players the target of epithets. "As soon as you struck out,
you were not only a bum, you were a Jewish bum," one player
says in the trailer.
a press release about the film notes, "More than a film about
sports, 'Jews and Baseball' is a story of immigration, assimilation,
bigotry, heroism, the passing on of traditions, and the shattering
have many reasons for establishing a Jewish film festival in Charleston,
but first and foremost we hope to inspire a greater appreciation
and long-lasting connection among members of the broader Charleston
community by showcasing our rich traditions but also our modern
Jewish culture," says Stanley Baker, president of BSBI Synagogue.
"We also strive to instill pride in the members of our congregation.
The event will start a tradition of featuring iconic Jewish filmmakers
and movies as well as honoring individuals devoted to supporting
the arts and Jewish culture in our city."
evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Sottile, 44 George St., with
a dessert and champagne reception at which local resident Judith
Solomon will receive the first Melvin and Judith Solomon Humanitarian
Award for her longtime dedication to the arts in Charleston. The
film screening starts at 7:45 p.m.
are $50 for the film and reception, and $20 for the film only. For
information or to buy tickets, go
Thrash, a contributing editor of Charleston Currents, can be reached
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County EMS wins national honor
Charleston County Emergency Medical Services has been awarded the
2010 National Paid EMS Service of the Year award. This honor is
awarded by Cygnus Communications, owners of EMS Magazine,
and is given to one paid EMS system in the U.S. each year.
County EMS was awarded the 2010 National Paid EMS Service
of the Year award. Don Lundy, Director of Charleston County
EMS, received the award in person at the annual EMS Expo held
in Dallas, TX, Sept. 27-30. The honor included his travel
costs and a check to the service for $1,000.
Lundy (center) stands with representatives of Ferno Corporation,
sponsor of the award. Charleston County EMS photo.
County EMS was chosen based on criteria such as its innovation in
pre-hospital care, program upgrades, the high certification level
of its personnel, worker safety and well-being, education and training
program, involvement in the medical community, illness and injury
prevention project and public education initiatives.
"I've always known that we, as a community, were blessed to
have such talented people in the EMS system," said Don Lundy,
director of Charleston County EMS. "That team effort with our
medical staff includes dispatchers, first responders, our medical
directors, hospital staff, plus all of the supportive staff, mechanics,
procurement and billing. Everyone makes it a true team effort."
received the award in person at the annual EMS Expo that was held
in Dallas Sept. 27-30. The honor included his travel costs and a
check to the service for $1,000. In addition, the service will be
highlighted in a future publication of EMS Magazine.
County EMS has been recognized for a variety of accomplishments,
Carolina Large EMS System of the Year in 2002.
Information and Education Resource (PIER) award in 2002.
Regional Cooperation award presented by the South Carolina Association
of Counties for assisting in a consortium to improve cardiac care.
place EMS competition team for 2002 and 2004, including the first
all-female team to win the award.
Excellence Award presented by Zoll Corporation in 2006.
County EMS was established by County Council in 1973 as the first
county-wide EMS service in South Carolina. It serves every municipality
in the county with 14 ambulances available around-the-clock at substations
throughout the county. Charleston County EMS responded to 49,310
requests for assistance in 2009.
War II vets' memories can be heard in digital library
went from the classroom to combat. These were The Citadel students
of the World War II-era, an estimated 4,000 who answered the nation's
call to fight totalitarianism in Europe and Asia. Now, 26 of their
oral histories, including the audio recordings and full transcriptions,
are available online through the Lowcountry
publication of the interviews represents the culmination of a two-year
project undertaken by The Citadel
Oral History Program to document the dramatic experiences and
critical contributions that these alumni made to the war effort.
the materials makes them very convenient for classroom use, and
they are reaching an even larger audience online," said Oral
History Program Coordinator Kerry Taylor. "The inclusion of
the oral histories in the Lowcountry Digital Library also helps
build what is becoming a premier regional online archive."
to The Citadel Archives and Museum, it is estimated that nearly
all of about 4,000 undergraduates who attended The Citadel during
World War II served in the Armed Forces. In addition 1,927 of the
known 2,976 living graduates in 1946 had fought in World War II.
the oral histories included are those of former South Carolina Supreme
Court Chief Justice A. Lee Chandler, '44, and his classmate Robert
S. Adden, '44. The Class of 1944 went on active duty after their
junior year and became "the class that never was" because
they did not graduate.
his oral history Adden describes playing dead as German soldiers
and tanks passed him by. "They were so close one time I had
to pull my legs in to keep the tank from running over my legs,"
notable interviewees include B-17 bomber pilot and former South
Carolina Lt. Gov. Burnet Maybank, Jr., '45, and former Citadel President
Gen. James A. Grimsley, '42, whose 33-year Army career included
three Purple Hearts.
WWII interviews were conducted by former Citadel Fellow Jack Bass
and are permanently housed at The Citadel Archives and Museum. Click
here to go to the Lowcountry Digital Library.
offers chance to fall in love with sustainable seafood
South Carolina Aquarium's Sustainable Seafood Initiative and The
Glass Onion will host a savory tour of fall flavors during the Sustainable
Seafood Initiative Dinner on Oct. 12.
Charles Vincent and Chris Stewart will prepare a four-course meal,
and each course will be paired with a beer selection by Coast Brewery.
Diners can dive into a dinner while learning about Sustainable Seafood
- fish that are caught or farmed with consideration for the long-term
viability of individual marine species and for the oceans' ecological
balance as a whole.
dinner begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at The Glass Onion, 1219 Savannah
Highway. Tickets are $55 per person (not including tax or gratuity).
Proceeds from the dinner support the conservation efforts of the
South Carolina Aquarium. Space is limited. For reservations, contact
The Glass Onion at (843) 225-1717.
Laura Ball, friends present Beatles, Bach & Beer
next performance in the series "Unedited: A Concert Series
with Laura Ball and Friends" will be at 7 p.m. tonight at the
historic Charleston Library Society, 164 King St.
a night of alliteration as Ball and her friends put a new spin on
some classic hits. Revisit the Beatles and Bach as you've never
heard them before.
concert series is a collection of fun, informal concerts bringing
together an eclectic mix of artists to perform across a broad range
of styles. Concerts will run to May 2011. Individual concert tickets
are $15, and
can be purchased online.
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 Marsha Guerard.
Make sure to include your name and full contact information.
Teachers' program improved African American schools
the early 1900s, most African American children in South Carolina
only attended school through the fourth grade for a few months each
year in poorly maintained and equipped schools. Most African American
teachers had little education.
1907 Anna T. Jeanes, a wealthy Philadelphia Quaker, donated $1 million
to set up the Negro Rural School Fund to provide educational opportunities
for black children in the rural South. At the insistence of Jeanes,
Booker T. Washington joined a group of mostly white men on the board.
As a result, the focus of the program was industrial education at
program began with the hiring of the first Jeanes Teacher in Virginia
in 1908. The Jeanes Supervisors, mostly African American women,
helped teachers in rural schools. Many received training at traditionally
black colleges in the South. By 1914 there were 118 Jeanes Teachers
or Supervisors working across the South. By 1928, there were 324.
Berry was employed as South Carolina's first Jeanes Industrial Teacher
in 1909 in Sumter County. Although ten other Jeanes Teachers began
working in the state in 1909, the program grew slowly. Until a State
Director of Negro Education was appointed in 1918, no one had the
specific responsibility of presenting the program to local communities.
The Jeanes Fund initially paid the teachers' salaries, but in order
for the program to expand, the state and its counties would have
1936 the South Carolina Superintendent of Education reported that
schools employing Jeanes Teachers were noticeably superior to those
that did not. As the state and its counties became convinced of
the value of the Jeanes program, they began to assume more of the
Teachers encouraged self-sufficiency. They taught students and their
families to sew, bake, and do carpentry. Jeanes Teachers made home
visits to urge children to attend school regularly, interacted with
the community, emphasized the need for better health care, and taught
families about sanitation. In 1918 the state's fifteen Jeanes Teachers
became involved in organizing almost three hundred Homemakers' Clubs
with more than 4,600 members as part of the war effort. Over time
the emphasis of the Jeanes program shifted from a community focus
to an educational focus. Jeanes Teachers sponsored reading workshops,
in-service programs for teachers, art exhibits for children, and
taught children how to cooperate with each other. They established
libraries and helped to raise money for new facilities and schoolbooks.
end of school segregation in the 1960s led to the demise of the
Jeanes Teachers program. Having black Jeanes teachers supervising
white teachers in newly integrated school systems was difficult.
New federal grants provided funds to meet educational needs. Nevertheless,
for more than sixty years, Jeanes Teachers had helped to provide
better educational opportunities for African American children in
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Five on being
kind to your back
A couple of
years ago, we became convinced a disk was damaged in our lower back.
Nothing crippling, but it made us feel ... old. We bought a zero
gravity chair like the astronauts use, and lived happily ever after,
frequently with our feet somewhere over our heads. This made us
wonder: What other tips could help us improve our posture and zero
out that pain?
We asked Todd
Lowery, owner of the Mount Pleasant Relax the Back store.
- Mom was
right -- sit up straight, with your shoulders back. Buttocks should
touch the back of your chair.
body weight evenly on both hips.
- Bend knees
at a right angle; don't cross your knees, and keep them even with
or slightly higher than your hips.
- When driving,
move the seat close to the steering wheel to support the curve
of your back. You should be close enough to bend your knees and
still reach the pedals.
- Avoid sitting
in the same position for more than 30 minutes.
a second chance
have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance."
Ford (1942 - ) quoted by Garry Jenkins in "Harrison Ford:
THIS WEEK |
Big Book Sale: This weekend.
Charleston Friends of the Library hosts its annual book sale with
a 5:30 p.m. preview party tonight followed by the opportunity to
look at tens of thousands of books all day Friday, Saturday and
Sunday. Books are half price on Sunday. Click
Do Lunch: noon, Oct. 8, Harbour Club. King Street Marketing
Group hosts lunch. Each guest will receive a King Street Goodie
Bag, free parking and an opportunity to take home prizes from King
Street and Charleston Peninsula businesses. Ticketed admission is
$20. Proceeds benefit Water Missions International. For details,
tickets online here, or call 843-303-1113 to reserve your spot.
Luncheon Series: noon-2 p.m., Oct. 8, Virginias
Restaurant, 414 King St. Blue Bicycle Books Author's Luncheon Series
continues when Jonathan Sanchez welcomes local authors Josephine
Humphreys and Beth Webb Hart. The talk and lunch at Virginia's will
be followed by a dessert-and-champagne book signing at Blue Bicycle
Books, 420 King St. Free parking is available in the Camden Exchange
Garage, which has entrances on Hutson Street and John Street. Single
tickets are $35, or bring a friend for $60. Price does not include
books. Reservations required, call 843-722-2666.
Kids Kickin Cancer Ride: 10 a.m., Oct. 9, Low Country
Harley-Davidson, 4707 Dorchester Road. The Charleston County Sheriff's
Office has teamed up with Low Country Harley-Davidson to help kids
battle cancer through the Kids Kickin Cancer Charity Ride. All proceeds
will be donated to Camp Happy Days, a nonprofit that offers year-round
support for children diagnosed with cancer. Registration begins
at 10 a.m. Saturday. The cost is $15 per rider, $5 per passenger
and includes breakfast, a lunch coupon and raffle ticket. Kickstands
up at 11 a.m. as the Charleston County Sheriff's Office will escort
the motorcycles on a two-hour cruise through the most beautiful
parts of Charleston. The ride will end back at the dealership with
an after-party from 1 to 3 p.m.
Street Goes Pedestrian: 1 to 6 p.m., Oct. 10. Pedestrians
will command King Street from Broad Street to Calhoun during the
Second Sunday on King Street event. King Street shops will be able
to display their wares outdoors and restaurants can offer table
service in the street. Restaurants with Sunday permits can serve
adult beverages to seated patrons outdoors. Similar events are planned
for November and December.
ONGOING AND SOON
20th Anniversary Celebration: 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 15,
Founders Hall, Charlestowne Landing. The Center For Women will celebrate
its 20th anniversary of helping women in the Lowcountry with a party.
The evening will include food, wine, specialty cocktails and a champagne
toast. Participants will be entertained with live and DJ'd music
plus surprise performances, and a silent auction. For more information
and to purchase tickets, go
Sanctuary Family Picnic: 1 to 4 p.m., Oct. 24, Dill Sanctuary,
1163 Riverland Drive, James Island. The Friends and Needed Supporters
(FANS) of The Charleston Museum will host their Annual Family Picnic,
including a nature walk with naturalist Billy McCord, a butterfly
release, live music by the Susie Summers Duo, a Lowcountry dinner,
children's games, hayrides, demonstrations by Birds of Prey and
the SCDNR Touch Tank. Advance reservations are required; please
call (843) 722-2996 ext. 264 or register
online. No pets or outside coolers.
and paint: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Oct. 26, The Meeting
Place, 1077 East Montague Ave., North Charleston. An adult workshop
featuring Poetry and Paint taught by Mary Harris and Karole Turner
Campbell. Participants will be inspired to combine poetry and paint
in a unique experience that combines two art forms. Materials are
provided. Fee: $5. Registration begins one month ahead and ends
two days prior to class.
Daisy Dash 5K:
8 a.m., Oct. 30, Riverland Terrace on James Island. The annual
Daisy Dash 5K run/walk will raise awareness for Simply Divine Garden,
an organization that plants healing gardens for individuals going
through chemotherapy. Register at www.active.com
or on-site at the Baptist Church at Riverland Terrace located at
Wappoo Road and Maybank Highway. The cost per person is $20
before Oct. 20 and $25 after.
Living History: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 30, Charleston
Museum. In conjunction with the special exhibition "Threads
of War: Clothing and Textiles of the Civil War," the Charleston
Museum and Carolina Ladies Aid Society are to teaming up to offer
a series of Civil War living history events. The series will kick
off with a demonstration of the complexities of food preparation
during the Civil War. Examine unusual 19th century cooking implements
and utensils and learn the secrets of techniques like Dutch oven
baking. The Civil War living history series is free with general
Museum admission ($10/adult, $5/child 3-12, under three and members
free). For more information, please visit www.charlestonmuseum.org
or call 722-2996.
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