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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Mr. Simon Keays, Presley's Special Guest

On three we are going to shout, "Grow our brains"! This is how our day started with Presley's special guest, her dad, Mr. Simon Keays. As the assistant principal at Socastee Elementary School he teaches the students there that every day they have the opportunity to have fun and grow their brains at school! In his job he is able to visit every classroom at Socastee Elementary school almost everyday! Wow! Many of the children wished they could use one of his special tools - his walkie talkie! He told us his favorite part of his job is helping children to do their best and visiting them in their classrooms. Before Mr. Keays was an assistant principal he taught both in California and right here in Horry County! He also coaches women's softball. When Mr.Keays is not at work he enjoys spending time with his family. In his family are his wife, Mrs.Lisa Keays and three daughters; Presley, Kennedy and Taylor. Some of his favorites include the Steelers football team, Mrs. Lisa's spaghetti, and the song Take Me Out to the Ballgame. It was evident during Mr. Keay's interview that his job is important to him, but that his family is the most precious to him. We enjoyed learning all about you today Mr. Keays. Thank you for helping us understand what it is like to be an assistant principal

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Freedom Readers

On Saturday, January 22, we were invited to come and share our Hearts' Stories curriculum with a local non-profit organization called Freedom Readers. What an opportunity it was to share ways of building community while integrating reading and writing. After proudly displaying what our second graders are doing with the program, I was able to share with the Freedom Readers group how they can make it work in their own "out of school" setting. I am encouraged and excited to see how Hearts' Stories can fit any age or educational model. Our Non-Profit, Hearts' Stories: A Vision for Change, was able to donate $140 in books to use as mentor text within the program, 28 steno pads for note taking, a $60 supply check and two t-shirts for the director of the program! What an incredible blessing it is to see the Non-Profit continue to grow with the original vision and mission of helping others, help others! Freedom Readers, thank you for the invitation on Saturday. We can't wait to hear about your guests and the stories in their hearts! To learn more about Freedom Readers, please visit their website at

Thursday, January 20, 2011

5th Grade Math Day with Landon's Special Guest Mrs. Terrell

Mr. Lance Larson, Emily's Special Guest

Our class wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to our special guest today. Mr. Lance Larson, we thank you for the sacrifices you make to serve our country in the U.S. Navy. What an incredible honor it must be to have served our country for over 23 years! Mr. Larson now serves in the reserves. He shared with the class that he will be deployed one day before his birthday on April 8th to Kuwait. He will be on a 6 month tour. Besides his job in the Navy, Mr. Larson is a team leader at Target. Through his interview we learned that Mr. Larson enjoys helping people! One of his favorite parts of his job at Target is that he gets to help others! He has earned two "Great Team" awards for his excellence in what he does at Target. In his spare time, Mr. Larson enjoys playing his XBox 360, spending time with Emily, doing puzzles, and fishing. Emily and her Dad enjoy riding bikes together on warm days and playing outside with one another! Mr. Larson, we truly enjoyed your interview today. We have great respect for the way you serve our country and we thank you again for what you do for our freedom!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Mr. Jeff LeCours, Joshua's Special Guest

Have you ever wondered who cleans the outside of of high rise buildings, hotels and many other hard to clean places? We know one person who can do it! Today we interviewed Mr. Jeff LeCours, Joshua's dad. He told us all about creating his own business called JL Pressure Washing. We learned all about how he manages a successful, growing, business and also how he enjoys being his own boss. When Mr. LeCours is not working he enjoys spending time with his wife Lisa, daughter, Jessica and his son, Joshua! He also enjoys bowling, watching movies and football. Mr. LeCours is originally from Boston. Our class thanks Mr. LeCours for the very considerate gift of pens and mini flashlights! We will think of you when we use them! It was a joy to learn all about the business of pressure washing and the heart's story of Mr. LeCours today.

Pictures will be posted soon.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Our New Friend Mike

I would like to introduce you to our newest friend from Ocean Bay Elementary School, his name is Mike! On Monday we were so excited to hear that we would be getting a new student! Mike is orginally from Liberty, New York! He told us that it snowed a lot there and he enjoyed riding his snowmobile. Mike shared with us today many of his interests. He collects key chains from all of the places he has travelled too. Mike also shared a special story about his sister, Tony. Tony had leukemia many years ago. The Make-a-Wish Foundation granted her wish of sending her family to Hawaii! He earned a very special award as a "Super Sibling"! We are o proud of him. Mike has many favories including, blue, football, donuts, pizza, and Sponge Bob Square Pants! We are so happy to have Mike join our class!

In School Field Trip - Magnets

Cocky's Reading Express