Over 2,100 attend summer reading program
by The Press and Standard | August 10, 2018 5:00 pm
Last Updated: August 8, 2018 at 11:17 am
Over 2,100 children attended the 22 programs in eight weeks of children’s programming during the 2018 Summer Reading Program at the Colleton County Memorial Library, which concluded Aug. 3 with a grand finale.
“This 2018 summer reading program has been a wonderful ride. This was my 20+ year of being involved in the children’s reading during the summer months and it paid off this year!” said Shiela Keaise, children’s librarian. “Each volunteer and LCAA Youth Leader gave of their time freely, came to the library with a desire to learn, and aided children and adults that visited the library. In addition, the visitors to these summer programs came with a mind to learn and grow. This was such a pleasure for me to do these programs and offer an avenue for all our visitors to come for cultural enrichment, creative learning, and just plain fun.
“The 10 volunteers offered great help to our busy summer,” she said. The children’s services staff member Anthony Chapman kept busy with all around activities, while Sherelle Memminger kept up with daily attendance for the program. “Mr. G was invaluable and brought great joy to our visitors when he made a Clinko board for fun,” Keaise said. Willie B. Rabb offered her services at contests and her presence and finances at programs. Rudolph Manigo and Dr. Jacquelyn Colleton-Akins volunteered as tutors for those needing help in math and reading. For their over 930 hours of volunteer hours given, the volunteers were given a pizza party on the final day of the 2018 Summer Reading Program. The Lowcountry Community Action Agency youth leaders Shada Jenkins, Roneisha Robinson and Tatiana Ferguson were helpful shelving, typing, and copying, etc.
Mr. G presented gift cards from Walmart and McDonalds for the 1000th visitor and 2000th visitor.
Donors to the program included: Coastal Community Foundation Beaufort Fund, Friends of the CCML, Sentry Cleaners of Walterboro, Stony Point Foundation, Wal-Mart, Palmetto Rural Telephone Coop, Walgreens, Cherry Keaise, Willie B. Rabb, Anthony Chapman, First Federal Bank, Ruth Williams, H&D Groceries, Martina Publishing, Inc., IGA General Foods, Elflorence Oliver, Food Land, Walterboro Cash and Carry, Wayne Garrett, Mr. Tony, Palmetto Parcels, Sherelle Memminger, Allie Handy, Eden’s grandmother (Ms. White).
“All in all, we had a great, or should I say “blessed,” summer reading with the children of Colleton County. I am so thankful to serve in this vineyard — the Colleton County Memorial Library,” Keaise said.
Summer reading awards given
Most Attended Programs (15+): Reagan Ross, Rylan Ross, Savannah Ross, Shelby White, Nora Gavin, McKenna George
Most Improved: Genesis Ferguson (tutored by Mr. Manigo), McKenna Yonosik (tutored by Dr. Akins)
Book Family Feud: Team B (180 points): Madison, Jason & Allyson Scott & Justice & Mildred Steward
2018 Spelling Bee Champion: Jared Frasier
Book Jeopardy Champion: Madison Scott, 2,500 points earned
Students with Most Books Read:
Penny Karpinen (150 books), age 2
Azaria Robertson (79 books)
Daylen Murray (71 books)
Taylor Scott (60 books)
Vada Whittington (40 books)
John Karpinen (37 books)
Jason Scott (33 books
Daycare with most read books: Forest Hills Daycare, 250 books
2018 Dedicated Parent Awards: Emily Ross, John Middleton, Lottie Cooper, Larry Kazda, Linda Kazda
Other Volunteers: Marilyn Colleton – Tutor Assistant, Cameron Griffin – Library Helper
2018 Volunteer/Worker Awards
Best All-Around: Shada Jenkins
Best Attitude: Children’s Librarian Award: Sa’Terrence Robinson
Most Helpful: Kamron Longfellow
Best Work Ethic: Sa’Terrence Robinson
Most Dependable: Tatiana Ferguson
Most Hours Worked: Allie Handy
Most Participatory: Gavin Padgett
Most Consistent: Jeremiah Armstrong
Most Pleasant: Dorian Riley
Worker Award – Roneisha Robinson
Staff Appreciation Awards: Sherelle Memminger, Anthony Chapman
Tutor Appreciation Awards: Rudolph Manigo, Dr. Jacquelyn Colleton-Atkins
Adult Appreciation Awards: Wayne Garrett, Willie B. Rabb