We asked area schools to send us their honor rolls. Many did, and we’ll publish them in a special edition of Neighbors July 9.

>>> For the kids

Nature programs at Sesquicentennial

Sesquicentennial State Park is offering children’s nature programs, set for 10 a.m. July 8, 15 and 22.

Each week, children will explore a different topic as they uncover the secrets of birds, insects, mammals and more through handson activities during this summer adventure.

The program is $5 per participant. Registration ends two days prior to each program. The program is designed for children ages 5-12, and adults must accompany children.

Sesquicentennial State Park is on Two Notch Road in Northeast Richland. To register, contact the park at (803) 788-2706 or

Museums offer special programs Saturday

There’s something for everyone once you find a parking space at 301 Gervais St.

For kids, the EdVenture Children’s Museum is hosting its butterfly garden, along with a sports exhibit allowing kids to explore the scientific principles of athletics. See or call (803) 779-3100.

The S.C. State Museum is offering an exhibit exploring the broad history of traditional pottery found in S.C. as well as a separate exhibit of the artworks of S.C. native Robert Courtright: “Collages, Collage Constructions and Masks 1953-2008.” Call (803) 898-4998 or see

>>> Schools

Blaney guidance counselor honored

Blaney Elementary’s Glenna Brown-Kaiser was one of 16 honorees recognized recently by the S.C. Department of Education for her efforts to assist homeless students.

“Mrs. Brown-Kaiser’s giving spirit and genuine concern for the welfare of others epitomizes the characteristics of neighbor helping neighbors,” Kershaw County School District Elementary Education Executive Director Tim Hopkins, who nominated Brown-Kaiser for the award, said in a news release.

Brown-Kaiser directly impacted the lives of more than 50 families last school year by making sure children did not suffer any hardships, Hopkins said.

“She made sure that all children who were homeless received free meals at school, classroom supplies and clothing as well as participated in all school field experiences in spite of costs,” Hopkins said. Brown-Kaiser is humble about her contributions.

“The whole idea is that nothing is going to stand between a child and his education. It’s hard enough to lose your home. You don’t have to lose your school and fall behind because of your homelessness,” she said.

July 2, 2009  State (published as The State)  Columbia, South Carolina
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