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We wager not many people knew his first name was Leo. Leo Vernon Powell died March 9 on his birthday. He was 93. Leo was his given name, but people called him either Vernon or Mr. Powell. We think of him as Mr. PC. He was director of food services at Presbyterian College at two different times that...
The Holocaust. In its scope, volume, and cold, cruel deliberateness, it may rank as the most heinous crime one people have ever carried out against another. The world’s Jews were to be obliterated through a policy Hitler’s regime labeled “the final solution to the Jewish question.” Nazi policy...
If you have ever baked a cake or prepared a special recipe, you likely use a certain list of go-to ingredients. You can’t substitute baking power for baking soda (Yes, I learned that the hard way.)! The same goes in education. Certain things cannot be omitted or trivialized even though they may not...
At dinner last Thursday night at Old Mill, (Carter had the night off and didn’t have to cook), I looked across the table at our three year old grandson. He is, OF COURSE, a beautiful, highly intelligent, funny little boy. If you have doubts about my description, you can call his Nana. On one side...
Early childhood education is blooming at the Thornwell Learning Center just as the daffodils are emerging at Presbyterian College across the street. If this were an industry, we would have an official announcement by the South Carolina Department of Commerce. Twenty people are going to be employed...
Last week as I traveled out the Torrington Road, I was once again reminded of the olden days when the railroad workers stayed in the rail maintenance cars, which were parked in the rail yard. Several years ago, I mentioned the workers staying in the rail yard in the sleeper cars where the Palmetto...
In the continuing series of our preparation for the upcoming AdvancED accreditation visit in two weeks, this particular article focuses on the heart of education—the teaching and assessing for student learning. This standard reads “The district and school’s curriculum, instructional design, and...
PC has just completed Spring Break, and our faculty and students are returning rested and excited about completing this semester. We are already making plans for our hooding ceremony for the School of Pharmacy on May 13 and commencement on May 14, and we are excited about all our events that...
In November, our country will elect the next President of the United States of America. We live in a dangerous world, one that many of our forefathers would have never imagined. America has veered from the roots that made her great, and this election matters. The book of James tells us that Elijah...
As part of its preparation for a visit from the AdvancED team this month, School District 56 is hosting meetings with people in the community – they call them stakeholders – to talk about what is happening in our schools. AdvancED is the country’s largest accrediting organization. District 56 is...

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