History through the Hills, Columbia SC’s rich History

Chris Laskowski9/11/2014  |  Categories: Columbia
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The hills of Columbia hold secrets, stories and memories of a rich history. As the sun bids the citizens of Columbia farewell for the night and hides behind the hills, they glow a little more brightly than anywhere else. They afterall have witnessed both triumphs and downfalls, joy and sorrow, but through it all, they have remained vigilant over the citizenry, growing ever prouder each day. The land may have had it’s first encounter by the Spanish, but it was the proud Americans that fought for it, nurtured it and cultivated both it’s soil and people into the robust citizenry that exist today.

Columbia’s Start

The state which we now know as South Carolina, was first inhabited by the Congaree Native Americans and was first discovered by Hernando De Soto. Just like today, Columbia’s geographically desirable location became the primary reason why American settlers chose to settle in. It wasn’t until 1786 that State Senator John Lewis Gervais proposed the bill that would make Columbia the official State Capital.

Palmetto and the Revolution

The citizens of Columbia are lucky enough to enjoy the sight of palmetto trees throughout the state, but few realize the importance they played in the American Revolution. If not for the spongy wood provided by the palmetto trees and used to build Fort Moultrie, Charleston, South Carolina would have been overrun by the British Navy. Instead, the proud American fort stood through the onslaught of the cannons that barraged it’s walls. The British suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of William Moultrie, who commanded a mere 400 troops. It was this battle that helped motivate American troops and eventually win independence for America.

Columbia, a place to grow

Columbia’s success is the the result of many years of hard work and planning. Just like Rome, Columbia is not the result of a day’s labor. Both the state and city have a long and proud history of nurturing it’s citizens and making sure that the the strong and proud natives offer their city all they can. As a matter of fact, the University of South Carolina, which was first known as South Carolina College at it’s founding in 1801, has historically made moves in the right direction. This proud building has survived the American Revolution, earthquakes, fires, and went on to be the first southern state to have African Americans on it’s board of trustees as well as give degrees to African Americans. The University is a great representation of Columbia as it is always on the forefront in terms of social and educational evolution. Columbia is definitely a place that is meant for growth in all the right directions.

So the hills lay silent, forever observers of the majesty that is Columbia. There are some among the citizens of Columbia that would claim that the land influences and shapes them. There are those that would claim that the beauty of it’s hills give them power to inspire, dream and prosper. The hills however have a different story. If you were to ask them, they would simply tell you that it is the citizenry of Columbia that capture the very best of the human spirit and inspire them to prevail, if for anything else, than to know what new achievements lay in the future of Columbia.

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Lake Carolina Elementary; Early Education has found a New Home

Chris Laskowski9/3/2014  |  Categories: Community
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As summer draws to an end, the familiar routine of buying school supplies, checking school calendars, and early morning rushes begins. As teams of tiny bodies armed with bags full of books, pencils, and other various supplies amass upon the campus of Lake Carolina Elementary each morning, yawning and slowly making their march off of busses and through the doors, many parents ask, is this the right place for my child? Lake Carolina Elementary assures that each child explores their intellectual curiosity by offering unique activities that prepare children for the next stages of learning in an environment that helps foster their creativity and wonder.

Students of Lake Carolina Elementary are exposed to a lot more than the average American student due to unique programs such as their “1 Two 1” program, which is a computing initiative aimed at offering students the ability to utilize technology to expand their educational resources. Other programs that the school offers includes fitness, guidance, reading, recycling and even something called HET/ITI (Highly Effective Teaching (HET) / Integrated Thematic Instruction (ITI)). Theses programs offer students the ability to keep up with the latest teaching methods that will help them develop social learning through social methods as well as through movement of body. There is no doubt that Lake Carolina Elementary is perhaps one of the most progressive schools in terms of their teaching styles and initiatives. The test scores definitely speak for themselves.

According to School Digger®, “In 2014, Lake Carolina Elementary ranked better than 97.9% of elementary schools in South Carolina. It also ranked 2nd among 21 ranked elementary schools in the Richland 02 School District.” The school is making such great strides in terms of staying current on educational methods and preparing their students for the various wonders of life.

They say it takes a village to raise a child; if that is the case, then Lake Carolina should be the village you choose. The families in Lake Carolina definitely help cultivate an excellent social environment outside of school and the teachers there are true professionals at what they do. It is due to the efforts of the staff at Lake Carolina Elementary that Lake Carolina as a community will assuredly have future citizens that embody the character, strength, and prestige that the families within the beautiful housing community represent.

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