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schools partner to support green teams
OCT. 14, 2013 -- Charleston County Environmental Management's Greening Schools Program has collaborated with Charleston County School District's Sustainable Schools Initiative to sponsor and support student green teams.
This new initiative allows students and facilitators to identify issues, make recommendations, and take action towards greening their school. The creation and formation of student-based green teams is integral to wholly achieving one of the Sustainable Schools Initiative's core goals of sustainable, healthy schools, as well as furthering its mission of educating students to become stewards of their environment and community. Student green teams tackle waste reduction, recycling, composting, energy conservation, health and wellness, and pollution prevention by educating and motivating their peers.
The program is intended for elementary, middle and high school students. Each school should structure and engage green team members to take on issues specific to their unique goals. Green team members provide accurate and relevant materials to students, faculty, and staff at their school, such as efforts to raise awareness about which items are recyclable and the benefits of waste reduction.
The responsibilities assigned to student members are dependent on their grade level and the goals of their school. Some students may monitor recycling stations in the cafeteria during part of their lunch time to ensure that items are being properly sorted. Other green team members may prepare educational presentations for their peers or work on environmental projects in their school or community such as vegetable gardens.
A waste audit is a good way to generate awareness and stimulate change in schools. A green team can perform the audit by taking a sample of trash from the cafeteria or a classroom and classifying it into groups such as: paper, recyclable plastics, compostables, and landfill. This informative exercise illustrates how much waste the green team can divert from the landfill and helps them set obtainable goals.
Each team's success relies heavily on a team coordinator who is responsible for selecting student members, coordinating with school administrators and their school's Green Liaison, as well as overseeing the implementation of programs. The team coordinator arranges opportunities for education and awareness and outlines the goals and responsibilities for each green team member.
Charleston County Environmental Management (CCEM) in conjunction in with CCSD has developed guidelines for green team coordinators and is offering support to faculty, staff, and parents by recommending guest speakers and providing educational opportunities for students, such as tours of the County's recycling center, composting facility and landfill. Additionally, the Greening Schools Program is offering green team starter kits which include T-shirts and reusable water bottles to incentivize student participation. CCEM recommends that green teams receive recognition, such as an annual award, for exemplary members. Another suggestion for school administrators is to offer age specific incentives, such as casual days for schools that require uniforms.
membership should be considered a privileged opportunity. The development
of a new skill set as well as practice in leadership and teamwork can
empower students and increase self-confidence. Members also get a chance
to meet other students with similar interests to build friendships and
ultimately they have fun experiencing the satisfaction of making a difference.
seems to be moving too fast
OCT. 14, 2013 -- Where in the world did 2013 go? It's already October 14 and we've started getting press releases for the 2013 Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park, which starts in just three weeks or so. Yikes!
Some say time flies more as one ages. But perhaps a more reasonable culprit is the amount of distractions that exist now in daily life -- Twitter, Facebook, ads in every conceivable medium, email. For some reason, the media-induced pressure that we live through didn't seem to be around in the days before the computer. Just think back to how your parents or grandparents sat for hours on the front porch at the end of an evening and relaxed. Recall your childhood before your life got embroiled with hourly bombardment of media. Yes, it was a much simpler time. And life didn't seem as harried.
Studies seem mixed on the number of advertising messages we see daily. A study from about a dozen years back suggested that people see anywhere from 3,000 to 20,000 messages in a day. These apparently include every single label you pass when going through the grocery store. More recent -- and somewhat saner -- studies suggest that we get 247 commercial messages on average a day (Consumer Reports) to 600 messages (Business Journal Phoenix) to more.
All we know is that it would be great if things would just slow down a bit. Maybe the answer is in breathing, as the Korean master says in "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins."
Some other assorted thoughts:
than hyenas needed
on General Robert, which I just read us in Free Times. I found
his connection to South Carolina intriguing, especially since he wrestled
with it at a crucial point in his life.
more leaders who have the ability to respect order instead of that pack
of hyenas South Carolina sends to Congress now.
The public spiritedness of our underwriters allows us to bring Charleston Currents to you at no cost. Today we shine our spotlight on Kaynard Photography, a business run by contributing photographer Michael Kaynard of West Ashley.
Kaynard Photography grew from Michael's love of walking the streets of the Charleston's historic district. It developed into a passion for capturing everything Charleston through a camera lens. Kaynard can be seen walking the streets of Charleston many days from dawn to darkness. He calls his work "At Street Level." His photos are available for viewing and sale at kaynardphotography.webs.com.
After the capture of Morris Island, Union commander Quincy Gillmore was promoted to major general. Battery Wagner was renamed Fort Strong, in honor of Union Brigadier General George Strong who died of his injuries on the July 18 assault on the battery. Battery Gregg was renamed Fort Putnam, in honor of brigade commander Colonel Haldiman Putnam, killed in the same attack.
October 1863, the garrison at Fort Sumter began remounting some of its
guns. On October 26, Gillmore opened fire on Fort Sumter from Forts Strong
and Putnam. Rear Admiral Dahlgren supported the attack with fire from
the Patapsco and Lehigh. This action began the second great bombardment
of Fort Sumter, which would last for forty-one days.
Most of the top of Fort Sumter's walls and the gorge wall were reduced. Major Elliott grew concerned that another amphibious assault may be attempted as the debris fell outward from the fort, leaving the fort vulnerable to a breach.
Theodore Honour, a private with the Washington Light Infantry stationed at Fort Sumter, recorded in his journal:
On October 31, 13 men with the Washington Light Infantry (WLI) were killed at Fort Sumter when a Union shell forced the collapse of a roof that fell on them. Honour also recorded the events of that day:
Hopper painting on exhibit
A masterful watercolor of Charleston by famed artist Edward Hopper is on display in the Gibbes Museum of Art through December 31.
"Charleston Slum," a 1929 painting on loan to the Gibbes from a private collector, is a result from a three-week visit in April 1929 by Hopper and his wife, Josephine "Jo" Nivison Hopper. During their three-week stay, Hopper produced work that became part of the artistic legacy of the Lowcountry and helped to define the "American Scene" movement.
visit to Charleston-though brief-was a productive one, and it underscores
how significant Charleston was as a destination for artists during that
time. We are thrilled to be able to include an example of Hopper's Charleston
work in our exhibition this fall," says Sara Arnold, Gibbes' curator
data center Web site wins award
The Center offers a free one-stop data source on Charleston's regional economy. It is made available through the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Charleston Regional Development Alliance and the Trident Workforce Investment Board. The portal (CharlestonRegionalData.com) is designed to provide up-to-date economic and workforce information on the Charleston region, which consists of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties in South Carolina.
"The Charleston Regional Competitiveness Center is a collaborative effort that we are proud to be part of," said Ron Mitchum, BCDCOG Executive Director. "The website provides citizens with the tools and information on business and community demographic information and is innovative and creative. We are honored to have received such an award."
Festival of Lights on the way soon
The attraction opens November 8, the date that it will announce top winners in an annual Gingerbread Competition. An awards ceremony will be 6:30 p.m. that day. Registration is required by November 1 with a fee of $5. There are three age divisions. Learn more about the event and registering here.
you can get a sneak peek of the festival's 700-plus illuminated displays
and amenities, during the Fun Run. The race begins at 6:30 p.m. Race fees
are $12 per person (ages 3 and up) until Nov. 5, and $15 thereafter. All
participants must be pre-registered and have an admission ticket (not
receipt) to enter the park. There will be no on-site ticket sales. Registration
closes when space is full. Lost tickets will not be replaced.
much of the Holiday Festival of Lights is normally seen from a vehicle,
the Fun Run and Walk is the way to go for seeing the entire light show
on foot. Advance registration is required for this preview, so reserve
your spot today before it sells out! More.
an updated resource available to you that's packed with figures and data
on the South and its 11 states that may help shape your coverage of issues
like poverty, unemployment, health care, education and more.
other year, the Charleston-based, nonpartisan Center for a Better South
offers a Briefing Book on the American South to paint a picture
of Southern states to put them in context in the region and among the
50 states. This month, the Center has updated the Briefing Book with its
38 categories of data with more than 98 data points on each of 11 Southern
states. Information is taken from an array of government and nonprofit
resources to provide a statistical overview that highlights how the South's
diverse economic engine continues to face educational, environmental,
poverty, health and other challenges brought on, in large part, by a long
period of neglect following the Civil War.
Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Adventure
Some may recognize Jack Handey from Saturday Night Live in the '90s, on which "Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey" was a popular bit featuring hilarious one-liners between sketches. Handey's newest novel includes similar absurdist humor within a tale about two men who travel to Hawaii to steal an ancient golden artifact.
Stench of Honolulu is a small book with brief chapters and an unreliable
narrator. While it could be easily read in one sitting, Handey's humor
works best when absorbed in small portions. Ultimately, the humor in this
book is not enough to support a weak plotline with zero character development.
Mather Academy was the vision of Sarah Babcock Mather. She went to Camden in 1867 and opened a school for African American children. The overcrowded school was financed with her money, and Mather sought to establish a larger institution. She purchased twenty-seven acres near Camden to build a school but soon returned to Massachusetts. The school Mather envisioned was founded twenty years later by the New England Southern Conference (NESC) of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church. As corresponding secretary of the NESC, Mather was able to enlist help in building the school. The conference provided funds for one building, and Fanny O. Browning of Connecticut provided $2,000 for a second structure. In 1887 the Browning Home and Mather Academy opened.
The school grew slowly in the 1890s. The curriculum expanded to include high-school-level science, mathematics, and language courses. Boys were admitted in 1890, and enrollment passed two hundred by 1900, which included thirty-seven girls boarding at the Browning Home, where they were trained as homemakers. By the early 1900s additional buildings had been constructed and a normal-school curriculum added. Enrollment reached almost four hundred students by 1920. In 1934 Mather Academy became an "A" class high school (one of only four in South Carolina) and a member of the Southern Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges. Mather's most noteworthy alumnus, U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, was in the 1957 graduating class.
merged in 1959 with the struggling Boylan-Haven School of Jacksonville,
Florida, and became Boylan-Haven-Mather Academy. The school remained in
Camden, but amid declining enrollment and shrinking dollars it fell into
disrepair. Boylan-Haven-Mather Academy graduated its last class in 1983,
and its buildings were demolished in 1993.
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(NEW) Lippman to perform: 7 p.m., October 17, ILA Hall, 1142 Morrison Dr., Charleston. Singer Dave Lippman will perform some of his great hits, such as "I hate WalMart," at this free show. More on Lippman is here.
Family Fright Nights: 6 p.m. October 17, 19, 25 and 26, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. The attraction's fifth annual Family Fright Nights will bubble up from the swamp with Halloween games, prizes, a costume contest and more. Tickets are $10 per person or $40 per car. More.
7 p.m., October 18, Blue Bicycle Books, King Street, Charleston.
Sara Peck, store manager of the shop, will sign copies of her first book
of poetry. The event also will celebrate the release of stories by College
of Charleston professor Anthony Varallo. More.
Coastal Living's 2013 Showhouse: Open at various times now through Oct. 20. The magazine's newly-constructed home along the Wando River on Daniel Island is open for tours with a portion of the $15 ticket proceeds to charity. More info and times here.
Colour of Music Festival: Oct. 23-27, throughout Charleston. More than 20 events -- from organ recitals and chamber music matinees to recitals and special events -- will be held throughout Charleston during the Colour of Music Festival, which will feature all-black classical musicians. Check online to learn more about the breadth and depth of this event.
Bazaar: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 26, Christ Our King Stella Maris School, Mount Pleasant. The school's 62nd annual bazaar will offer entertainment, games, food, a cake booth, water blast, mystery bags, face painting, crafters corner, spooky wheel and much more. Free.
(NEW) Harvest Festival and Block Party: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Oct. 26, Olde Village, North Charleston. The City of North Charleston will hold this inaugural event with live musical performances, art exhibits and children's activities. More.
Oyster Roast: 1 p.m., October 27, Goldbug Island. East Cooper Meals on Wheels will have an Oyster Roast and Chili Throwdown to help raise money for the organization. Tickets are $30 each for adults and $10 for children over 2. More.
(NEW) Art on Paper Fair: November 1-3, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston. The weekend event will feature the sale of prints, watercolors, photos and drawings that celebrate the South. There are several events over the weekend. More.
Harvest Festival: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 2, Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, 2662 Mullet Hall Road, Johns Island. The 12th annual Harvest Festival will feature a barbecue cookoff, bluegrass music from five local bands, hay rides, pumpkin decorating, lasso demonstrations and more. Cost $12 per person; kids under 12 are free. More.
Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival: Nov. 7-10, Sottile Theatre, College of Charleston, downtown Charleston. The four-day festival will celebrate Italian contemporary cinema and culture with several films and special guests. More info.
(NEW) Park Day Festival: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., November 9, Daniel Island. The annual festival will offer lots of family fun with a wide range of activities, including a mobile zip line, obstacle course, climbing wall and more. Online here.
Bird walks: 8:30 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Saturday. This is the time of year that a great variety of migrating birds fly through the Lowcountry so what better time to take part in one of the regular early morning bird walks at Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel. Pre-registration is suggested. Cost is $5. Walks also are conducted on James Island and Folly Beach.Learn more online.
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