"Mauldin High Teacher Cadets put on a spectacular Read Around the Christmas Tree celebration for more than 160 kindergartners from Mauldin Elementary! The cadets decorated Christmas trees to match the theme of the books they read to each group, and the kindergartners enjoyed cookies and juice with Santa Mav. Special guests included Olaf, Anna and Elsa, and Captain America. A big thank you to Horizon Church Children’s Ministry for providing the characters, and to Barnes and Noble Greenridge for donating more than 300 books to give away. From Rachel Turner, Teacher Cadet coordinator, “It was such a lovely event, and a GREAT experience for our little future Mavs!” (Greenville County School / Facebook)
James F. Byrnes High School Teacher Cadets enjoyed activities created by USC Upstate's Teaching Fellows at TC Day.
Ahhhh! The highlight of the Teacher Cadet program is certainly the Field Experience! Teacher Cadet, Katlin Moran, captivates students during a read-aloud during her practicum at Wellford Academy of Science and Math in Spartanburg District Five.
Walhalla TC fall service project makes the news by collecting almost 200 children’s books to donate to a local preschool.
Instructor Dr. Lana McCall praises this year’s group, “I am very proud of these students. While completing their rigorous course work, they were able to collect these books for the preschool and helped to raise money for the Ken Bower Scholarship by creating and donating a basket for a silent auction held in November. I look forward to seeing these young people excel in college and, hopefully, return to teach in Oconee County.”
St. John’s Preschool in Walhalla received the book collection. Pictured is Walhalla High Teacher Cadet, Morgan Rackley, and preschool director Cindy Kelly. Kelly was appreciative of the books and is excited to distribute them among the classes.
BY KAREN PACK
Excerpt from the article printed in the Aiken Standard.
Teacher Cadet Instructor Craig Gilstrap had his hands full Friday morning, not only guiding the Teacher Cadets at North Augusta High School, but also orchestrating the school's annual presentation of gifts for The Christmas Store, one of the community's most widespread holiday traditions. Gilstrap said. "I've been here since 1993. We've done it every year... and before that, too. I assume it's probably 30 years." The program helps provide Christmas gifts for dozens of local kids who might otherwise do without, and the parent organization, The Christmas Store, reaches hundreds of additional families.
The high school did its part Friday, holding a "parade of gifts" in which Gilstrap's Cadets presented truckloads of donations – bicycles, games, dolls, sporting goods, clothes and more – collected over the past few weeks by campus clubs, organizations and first-period classes.
Gift buyers have some guidance by way of lists provided by participating recipient families, so wishes will be granted as much as possible," said senior Kurtis Poole, a Teacher Cadet. He noted that a fundraiser earlier in this school year helped pave the way. "On Thursday, the Teacher Cadets go and, with all the donated money, we ... buy all the rest of the things that weren't gotten on those lists, so that all the things are covered." He added, "We try to make it as fun as possible so that the students will want to participate in giving gifts, so that the children receiving the gifts have the best Christmas possible."
Gilstrap stated, "It is our favorite event of the year. It is actually good recruiting tool also because I had some males asking what they need to do to be in Teacher Cadet for next year!"