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Friday, February 26, 2010

Ms. Jennifer Garcia

Hola! Today we were in awe as we listened to the beautiful voice of Ms. Jennifer Garcia speaking to us in Spanish. Ms. Jennifer, Vanessa's Special Guest, moved to the USA from Columbia with her family when she was 6 years old. She learned English by being immersed in it at school! We reflected on how courageous she had to be at such a young age to move to a new country! She helped us realize that not only is the language different when you move to a new country! She had to adapt to new clothes, new food, new cultural norms and a new educational system! Ms. Jennifer is now an 11th grader. She is passionate about running track, participating in the Mock Trial team and spending time with her family! She has a beloved pet parrot named "Poncho". Ms. Jennifer wants to remember her culture and language from her home country. She and her family speak Spanish at home so they don't lose their native language. Ms. Jennifer shared the Colombian flag to the class and explained the symbolism of the colors of the flag to us. She was truly a special guest!

Monday, February 22, 2010

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Inquiry and Reseach of Life Cycles

Coastal Carolina Volleyball Team Visits!

Today the Coastal Carolina University Women's volleyball team came and visited us! They read a wonderful story about using our individual talents on a team! The story they read to us is called Three Cheers for Tacky and it is one of our favorites! After they read to us we were able to ask them questions about what gifts and talents they bring to their team. They also taught us about the different positions on a volleyball team. We even got to give them a high five and tell them "good game!" when we were finished! We hope they will come back and visit us again soon! Be sure to support our local Lady Chanticleers! For more information about the Women's Volleyball Team please visit: Then click on Women's Volleyball.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Autumn's Special Guest, Mr. Luke Henderson

Do you know what a Fabricator does? We do now! Today we met Mr. Lucas Henderson (but most people just call him Luke or Big Luke). He has two jobs in our community. One is working as a fabricator with granite making counter tops. He taught us all about where the rock comes from and how it is cut into slabs, shipped to Italy to be polished and then finally reaches him! His job is to cut the 1,000 to 2,000 pound slabs into counter tops! He is a very talented fabricator. His second job is a carpet installer. He even installed some of the carpet and tile at our elementary school! Mr. Henderson loves his family and has a special tradition of "Family Day" on Saturdays. He and his wife have five children with Autumn being his youngest. Autumn was so proud to have her daddy sharing his heart with us today! We enjoyed his interview very much and appreciate the granite he left for us in our classroom! The next time we see a granite counter top we will know how it is made!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Mr. Bary Kemble, Gavin's Special Guest, February 11, 2010

On Friday, February 11th our class met Mr. Bary Kemble, Gavin's special guest! Gavin invited Mr. Bary because he loves and admires his dad very much. Mr. Bary has some awesome hobbies that includes surfing, scuba diving, playing the guitar and spending time with his family! Mr. Bary worked at Ripley's Aquarium several years ago. He used to do the dive shows in Ray Bay and Rainbow Rock! He actually proposed to his wife underwater in one of the tanks! Mr. Bary now works at Forestbrook Elementary School as a counselor. He uses problelm solving strategies and active listening every day in his job! Mr. Bary says that "Gavin is his Heart's Story" and that he loves spending time with his family! It was a pleasure getting to know Mr. Bary!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Very Special Person to Hearts' Stories

Please visit this link to read about Mrs. Kelli Barker. She and her mother Ms. Madeline have made a huge impact on me and the Hearts' Stories program. They volunteer their talents and many hours each year during the Family and Community Celebration Night. What an amazing woman Mrs. Kelli is! Please read her story at

Friday, February 5, 2010

In the News

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Ms. Jenifer Lanier, Sarah's Special Guest, February 4, 2010

Did you know that the Coca Cola company is releasing a new fantastic Coke bottle? It is a vibrant shiny red bottle! Today we got to see one because our special guest, Ms. Jenifer brought it in to show us! The Coke bottle symbolizes her job in the community. She is a Sales Representative for Coca Cola. She has many customers in Myrtle Beach! We role played and pretended to be new employees for the company! We learned that the three main parts of her job are to know the products, who is interested in buying the products and where to sale it! Ms. Jenifer has many other things that are important to her besides just her job. She loves to play with her daughter Sarah. Together they like to go to the beach. It was a joy interviewing Ms. Jenifer today! I'm sure the children will think of this interview and Ms. Jenifer every time they see a bottle or can of Coca Cola!