New DCIS programs focus on reading and culture

New Darlington County Intervention School programs focus on reading and culture
Read Across the Globe

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Darlington County Intervention School (DCIS) launched three initiatives this semester geared toward promoting reading as well as expanding cultural and linguistic experiences.

Backed by the motto “Readers are Leaders,” DCIS Principal Dr. Zenobia Edwards, school faculty, Darlington County School District (DCSD) staff and community members sponsored the school’s first “Read Across the Globe” day in October.

Students gathered in small groups to read books and participate in book discussions, considering themes, vocabulary and plots. The students also completed book reports from the group discussions to turn into their instructors. Faculty at DCIS intended “Read Across the Globe” to create excitement about reading as a mean for learning and for fun, Edwards explained. The event served as the kick-off for a renewed and continuous emphasis on reading for students attending DCIS, she said.

Community members who joined DCIS faculty in reading books to students for the day included Cyndie Geries, former DCSD staff member; Lt. Kim Nelson, Darlington Police Department; Susan Arnold, DCSD psychologist; Carla Jefferson, DCSD instructional technology coordinator; Sandra Jackson, DCSD counselor; Orlando Hudson, Darlington native and former MLB player; Julia Peterson, DCSD attendance supervisor; and Travis Spears, DCIS English teacher.

Following the book discussions, those in attendance for “Read Across the Globe,” gathered together to hear the announcement of a video exchange program between DCIS and The Queen’s private school in the city of Himeji in Hyogo, Japan. Through the exchange program, students and faculty at DCIS will create and share videos of their life at school with the students in Himeji.

Edward Arnold, a Darlington High School graduate, is helping to guide the program Himeji. Arnold, son of Susan and Mike Arnold, earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Francis Marion University after graduating from Darlington High. He moved to Seoul, South Korea to teach English and later moved to Himeji, where he has taught for the past two years.

Edwards and Spears showed off the first two videos during “Read Across the Globe.” DCIS teachers and students described their names, hobbies and life at DCIS with the Japanese students and faculty, who did the same.

The goals of the video exchange program are for DCIS and Japanese students to experience each other’s culture and language in an exciting way, Spears said.

Later during “Read Across the Globe,” Edwards announced the school’s “Nurturing Future Leaders” challenge. Students will be able to read books and take quizzes in order to earn “yardage” in a football-theme game board hanging in a school hallway. A winning student will earn prizes for “scoring a touchdown.”

For more information about the reading programs or video exchange program at Darlington County Intervention School, contact the DCSD Office of Communications at 843-398-2284.

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Read Across Globe 1 – Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Roberts of Darlington County Intervention School reads a book to students recently during the school's 'Read Across the Globe' event.

Read Across Globe 2 – Several district and community leaders visited Darlington County Intervention School recently to participate in ‘Read Across the Globe.’ They read books and held discussions with students in an effort to further promote reading habits. Pictured are (front row, from left) Cyndie Geries, Kim Nelson, Susan Arnold, Carla Jefferson, (back row, from left) Sandra Jackson, Orlando Hudson, Julia Peterson, Zenobia Edwards and Travis Spears.

Read Across Globe 3 - Students at Darlington County Intervention School watch a video produced by Japanese students and teachers as part of the school's new video exchange program.

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