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Though often not recognized for their contributions, women in history were extraordinary, according to a group of young women from Edisto Elementary School.

The girls, members of the My Sister’s Keeper program, recently presented a skit at the Orangeburg Consolidated District 4 board meeting about some of the unique inventions women have made in the past and modern times.

Each girl represented one woman and her contribution:

• Khamari Bowers was Josephine Cochrane, who created the dishwasher.

• Kaelyn Proveaux was Mary Anderson, who the created the windshield wiper.

• Jasmine Johnson was Mary Davidson, who created the tissue holder.

• Joridan Baker was Marie Van Brittan, who created the home security system.

• Kamara Chavis was Sarah Goode, who created the folding bed.

• Kayla Lawton was Dr. Patricia Bath, who created a tool to operate on cataracts.

• Tamia Sumpter was Sarah Boone, who invented the ironing board.

• Madison Jennings was Lisa Gelopter, who created GIF to add to expression to online videos and text messaging.

• Tyreonna Taylor was Lyda Newman, who created the hair brush.

• Jiyon Livingston was Dr. Shirley Jackson, who created the touchtone phone and caller ID.

My Sister’s Keeper program was created by advisers Jacqueline Sanders and Valerie Burgess five years ago to teach girls about etiquette, the value of community service and more.

The girls are learning to support and build unity with each other as well as learn from each other, Sanders said. Currently, there are 13 members of the group.

In other business, the board unanimously approved out-of-state trip requests, including a trip to Charlotte, North Carolina, for the My Sister’s Keeper group. They will be visiting the Concord Aquarium, the Recreational Art Studio and Frankie’s Fun Park.

A trip was also approved for the Edisto High School Band, the Dance Class and Chorus to Six Flags Over Georgia, where they’ll participate in the 2019 Education Days (Math and Science).

Band Director Dr. Ophelia Darby noted that music includes science and math and the academic side is included in the band’s activities.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Lana Williams recognized William Mason Green as the district’s Citizen of the Month student who best represents the month’s character trait, dependability. William is from Lockett Elementary School. A student was selected to represent each school.

Mary Chavis, from the district office, was selected over representatives from each school and the district office to represent OCSD4 for her dependability.

Williams gave the operations report for Larry Wolfe, who was ill.

Progress continues on the Branchville field house, but the district is still waiting for approval from the state Office of School Facilities for projects at Edisto High School and Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, she said.

A filming platform is planned for Edisto and renovations are for an addition to the press box at H-K-T.

The district has placed importance on getting the projects moving because the money for capital projects has to be spent by July 1 when the new county school district goes into effect.

Contact the writer: dlinderaltman@gmail.com.

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