Read Across America Day ~ March 2, 2018 Our students celebrated the life of Dr. Seuss with a special day on Friday, March 2. The students all began the day by participating in Buddy Reading. Students in grades 3-5 read with a buddy from grades K-2. Students also painted rocks for a rock garden at HES. All students read Only One You and You Be You by Linda Kranz. Students each painted a rock for a rock garden. We hope our garden inspires others to be the best they can be each day and make the world a better place.
Author Kate Salley Palmer from Clemson, SC joined our reading celebration as well. Kate is a native of Orangeburg, and a graduate of the University of South Carolina. She started her career as a 6th grade teacher in Seneca, and later was the first political cartoonist working for a daily newspaper in South Carolina. In the 90’s she began doing children’s picture books as an author/illustrator and had several published by national publishers like Simon and Schuster, Boyds Mills Press and Albert Whitman. In 1998, she and her husband Jim, a retired Clemson professor, started Warbranch Press and have since published 10 books - 9 for children. In 2014, the SC Council for the Social Studies presented Jim and Kate the “Friend of the Social Studies” award to acknowledge the contribution of Kate’s books to the rigorous study of social studies in South Carolina classrooms.
Finally, the day came to an end with a reading parade. Students and teachers in grades Pre K-2 dressed as a book character and students and teachers in grades 3-5 dress in a costume to represent a vocabulary word they had learned in one of their classes