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Outstanding Character Recognition Program 5th-graders

Students are pictured during last year's Fifth Grade Outstanding Character Recognition Program, at Claflin University’s Jonas T. Kennedy Center.

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Orangeburg County Community of Character will hold its 17th Annual Fifth Grade Outstanding Character Recognition Program on Friday, Jan. 26

The program will run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Claflin University’s Jonas T. Kennedy Center.

This event brings together fifth graders from all across Orangeburg County and recognizes those who have exemplified outstanding character. More than 1,300 students are expected. Participating schools include Felton Laboratory Charter School, Orangeburg Consolidated School District 3, Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4, Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5 and Orangeburg Preparatory Schools. Claflin University is the host sponsor.

Students, faculty, administrators, public officials and special guests will share and hear messages promoting good character while enjoying great music and entertainment. Each school has selected an honoree who embodies excellence in character and has also written an essay on what character trait they feel is most important in today’s world. These students are recognized among their parents, peers and other distinguished guests during the program.

Dominique Riggins, Claflin University Presidential Scholar and 58th president of the Student Government Association, will be the keynote speaker. Riggins has been a productive and transformative scholar promoting the power of what he describes as being "R.E.A.L. ‐ RECLAIMING, EXCELLENCE, ACHIEVEMENTS AND LEGACIES." He lives by the words “If not me, who?” a phrase that describes his daily motivation to achieve greatness. The public is invited.

Orangeburg County Community of Character is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the community by promoting excellence in character. The Community of Character initiative began in 2000 and was designed to work with all entities within the county to develop ways of strengthening character.

OCCoC works with all segments in the community including businesses, civic organizations, faith‐based organizations, schools, government, social services and health services, law enforcement, the Chamber of Commerce, other groups and the media.

To learn more about Orangeburg County Community of Character, opportunities to work together and volunteer opportunities, visit www.orangeburgcharacter.org and follow through social media.

To contact Orangeburg County Community of Character, call 803‐534‐6821 or email Evelyn Disher at edisher@orangeburgsc.net.

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