DENMARK -- Bamberg School District Two kicked off the new school year with its inaugural "Meet the Vikings Day" on Aug. 31st in the gymnasium of Denmark-Olar High School. Superintendent Dr. Thelma F. Sojourner opened the program with a moment of silence for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Dr. Lorraine Peeples, principal of Denmark-Olar Elementary School, announced the district had been awarded a $200,000 21st Century Grant.
“This grant will be used for the after-school programs at the middle and high schools. Our after-school services will be increased from two days a week to four days a week,” Peeples said.
The program will be accessible from 3 until 6 p.m., she noted.
“The instructional focus will be English and Language Arts, Math and Science,” Peeples sasid, adding there will also be some exposure to health and wellness.
Staff and volunteers presented 16 informational tables featuring valuable handouts related to health and wellness, proper sleep habits for students, teaching standards set by the South Carolina Department of Education and the importance of reading on grade level.
Denmark Family Healthcare Center was also on site providing free blood pressure checks and information about the grand opening of the center.
After a welcome cheer from the energetic Denmark-Olar High School cheerleaders, Sojourner introduced school board members and district administrators. Then the school administrators and department leaders introduced their staff.
The highlight of the evening was a dance performances by the “Wee Viking Troupe." The elementary students drew the loudest applause after performing their dance routines.
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“I am especially proud of these young children because we have only been in school four or five days and they were able to put this together in such a short time," Sojourner said.
Along with student council officers, the district’s Royal Court was also introduced. The Royal Court included representatives from all three schools.
Denmark-Olar High School Principal Mickey Pringle announced the district will supply all students with wireless internet.
“Wireless devices needed to connect to the service will be provided to the students in a few days," Pringle said.
Social Studies teacher Walter Baker, who was standing in for Principal Daryl Brockington, introduced the Denmark-Olar Middle School staff, and Peeples introduced the Denmark-Olar Elementary school staff.
In addition, District Athletic Director Paris Mason introduced his staff, the athletic programs and the booster club. It was also announced that Baker will start up a golf program in the district in the spring.
Others on the program provided information concerning chronic absenteeism, the Robotics Club, the Parent Portal, Peer Educators and the Wellness Initiative Grant program.
Refreshments were served after the program.