The first STEM Day was Jan. 12 at Marian Wright Edelman Public Library. It was a chance for youth to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based learning. Legos, robots, raspberry pi computers, engineering, circuit, and electricity interactive learning kits were used. Above MWE Library Assistant Nicole Hendrix, left, helped Hannah Grooms and Buddy Grooms construct a laser maze. At right, fourth graders Nathaniel Bennett, left, and Logan Adamsen worked on an electrical project
A proposal by Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord for possible reconfiguration of some district schools was presented at Monday's Marlboro County Board of Education meeting.
McCord noted before the bond referendum question was taken to the public, he had stated some serious conversations needed to take place regarding the current school configurations.
"These were just ideas I have that I would like for you to consider," he said. "You will not be able to answer tonight. But if and when you do have workshops, these are conversations that we can continue and go into more detail."
In his recommendation, Bennettsville Primary School would have grades pre-kindergarten through third. Currently, the school configuration could hold those grades with a few building modifications.
In back-to-back games, the Marlboro County boys basketball team came tantalizingly close to getting a breakthrough region win. Both times the Bulldogs held second-half leads, only to see their opponents win in the final minutes.
“We played two very good teams close but that’s not good enough for us. We have to learn how to play a complete game of basketball and close them out,” said head coach LaTroy Brace.
“We can compete with anyone in the region but we have to find ways to win the game,” he said.
Last Friday, Marlboro held a seven-point advantage over Myrtle Beach early in the third quarter. Wesley Brown scored after pulling down an offensive rebound to give the Bulldogs a 40-33 lead over their guests.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday and various events have been planned for the weekend and Monday.
Here are some events happening in honor of King's legacy.
The Marlboro County Branch of the NAACP will hold their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in partnership with the Bennettsville Bicentennial beginning at noon Saturday, January 19. The grand marshal for the parade will be Gaither Homecoming Artist Lynda Randle.
Community Grand Marshals will be the Marlboro County First Response Leaders: EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement & Emergency Management.
The beat of Marlboro County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officers Patrick Legette and Ross Childers involves patrolling and forming bonds.
But instead of patrolling the back roads of the county, their time is spent inside classrooms, hallways, and cafeterias of Blenheim and Wallace Elementary Middle Schools.
As school resource officers, their priority is keeping peace at their schools -- Legette at BEMS and Childers at WEMS.
It could mean fist bumping students as they head to lunch or joining them in a basketball game during P.E. Both Legette and Childers said they are law-related educators and counselors and to some, surrogate parents.
"We are there to show that while we have a badge on, we are human too," Legette said. "We try to humanize us as police officers especially to kids."
Childers tries to incorporate the students into his routine of making sure the school is secure. One day, he noticed the children in line preparing to go to art class. He got in line with them and walked single file with them.
"They thought it was the most hilarious thing," he said. "I did it to bond with the kids and to have fun with them. I was doing this as I was doing my duties."
Both talked about what separates regular SROs from great SROs.
A regular SRO will know the kids from a facial standpoint, he said.