Fourth- and fifth graders at Blaney Elementary had the opportunity to go for the gold in the school’s Olympic Reading. Events including figure reading (biographies), short track (magazine articles), nordic combined (read a book and pass an AR test), curling (read curled up in a soft place), and cross country (read in a car or bus). Students were recognized in the Rose Gazebo on the … Continue reading BLANEY ELEMENTARY


Second-graders in Crystal Harman’s Science Lab went a little wild when Jack Hancock visited Blaney Elementary. Hancock, of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, brought an alligator, two box turtles and two rat snakes for his discussion on nature and wild animal safety. Shown here are students Kena Arnell, Wesley York, Michaela Willoughby, Sophia DeFrain, Kaitlyn Fuller, Mariah Teasdale, Starr McClain and Ivory Kelly. SPECIAL TO THE … Continue reading BLANEY ELEMENTARY


PHOTO: COLOR The Upton Trio brought a touch of music and science to Blaney Elementary recently. Each piece of music was composed to compliment science facts that were demonstrated by Jennifer Windham. Composed by violinist Mary Lee Taylor, musical selections had names like ‘Gravity,’ ‘Electromagnetism,’ ‘Nuclear Forces,’ and ‘Energy in Motion.’ Checking out the science elements are students from Sheila Gantt’s first grade class: front clockwise, Kyle … Continue reading BLANEY ELEMENTARY

Lucy Mae Green Thomas

1926 Lucy Mae Green was born on 23 Apr 1926 in Elgin, Kershaw, South Carolina, USA a child of Abram Green and Mattie Greene Green. 1930 Lucy May Green was counted in the census on 30 Apr 1930 in Wateree, Kershaw, South Carolina, USA, as a 4-year-old, female, single, negro, daughter. Also in the home was her father, Abe Green; her mother, Mattie Green; and … Continue reading Lucy Mae Green Thomas


BLANEY ELEMENTARY Oprah’s Book Club made a surprise visit to Blaney Elementary in February in celebration of black history month. Oprah, seen here with students Ashlyn Brown, interviewed children’s author Donald Crews about his many children’s books. Crews, help by student Chase Brown, assured Oprah that everything he wrote in his books was truthful. This was a great relief to Blaney’s students, (kneeling), Anna Coffman, … Continue reading ALMANAC SCHOOLS

Graham Robert Combie

1913 Granham Robert Combie was born on 27 Jan 1913 in Saugus, Essex, Massachusetts, USA a child of William Robert Combie and Ethel Reba Graham Combie. 1920 Graham R Combie was counted in the census on 14 Jan 1920 in Saugus, Essex, Massachusetts, USA, as a 6-year-old, male, single, white, son. Also in the home was his father, William R Combie; and his mother, Ethel … Continue reading Graham Robert Combie


Caption: PHOTO: BW Blaney Elementary students celebrated the first birthday of their school dog, Mac, by bringing donations to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter in Camden. Donations included old towels, dog food and cleaning supplies. Mac comes to school each day with principal Lisa Carter and her second-grade son, Craig. Helping Mac celebrate are students from Linda Chavis’ kindergarten class including, back row, Bobby Surratt, … Continue reading BLANEY ELEMENTARY