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Teacher, Girl Scout leader works hard for community

The nature of the word teacher embodies the true meaning of responsibility, Frances Frazier Morant said.

Morant is a first grade teacher at Dover Elementary School in North, and the nominee for this month's Community of Character trait of responsibility.

"Teacher is a word that leads to responsibility," she said, as she sat at a table with the work of her first-grader pupils spread in front of her. "As a teacher, you are responsible for what your children learn."

Morant said her career as a teacher leads to the daily responsibility of managing the children from the time they walk through the door until they leave. She said she believes it is her responsibility to make sure the children are safe while they are with her, that the pupils are in a learning environment and that they develop good social and interaction skills as they grow.

Morant is one person who cares about kids and tirelessly works to help them, said the Rev. Edward Chaney, pastor of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church. Morant, the church's youth director, is a leader to children in the congregation, he said. Chaney also said Morant's strength, love, excitement and leadership shows through in her service as the youth director.

Morant said she tries to be responsible in her church and in her home and said she enjoys working with the youth.

"She is hard working and dedicated; because of this, she is an asset to the church and the community," Chaney said. "She is truly deserving of this award."

Chaney is not the only person who said Morant deserves recognition for her trait of responsibility. Gerry Zimmerman nominated Morant for the honor and said Morant is a magnificent person.

"I nominated her because she is such an excellent person, hardworking and dependable," Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman said she worked with Morant for a few years in the Girl Scouts program and saw her demonstrate responsibility. She also said because Morant is young, she has more time to work in the community.

"If she keeps going the way she is going, she will be someone great," Zimmerman said.

Morant said that she and Zimmerman have worked on many projects together through the Girl Scouts and through Sunlight Community Center.

"I'll try to continue her legacy," Morant said.

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Morant said she tries to be responsible for her own personal goals and achievements and with the groups she is associated. "I make sure my work gets done," she said.

Coming from a family of 13, in which she was the eighth child, and having grown up on a farm helped mold her trait of responsibility, Morant said. A farming family means chores, and Morant said growing up, she learned to share them and also the rewards with her siblings.

"I learned the value of responsibility and how to share," Morant said.

Currently, Morant is a cadet leader with the Girl Scout and coordinates various activities between the five sister troops at the Sunlight Community Center. She is married to Leroy Morant and is the mother of five adult children.

Upcoming Community of Character traits include May/Forgiveness; June/Fairness; and July/Dependability. For details on nominating someone for the Community of Character honor, call the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce at 531-9435 or the Orangeburg County Development Commission at 534-1165.

  • Danielle Johnson, a student in the Mass Communications Department at Claflin University, is an intern in The T&D newsroom for the spring semester.

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