As reported in The Columbia News 46 years ago on Thursday, May 23, 1957.
Two new schools dedicated
Nearly a week apart, Grovetown Elementary School and the Harlem School plant were dedicated.
The Grovetown Elementary dedication ceremony, which took place Monday, May 20, featured a presentation by John Pierce Blanchard to the filled auditorium. All those at the dedication got refreshments and a guided tour lead by students.
The Harlem School's new plant was dedicated on Tuesday, May 14, in the school auditorium. The $203,000 plant is designed to accommodate 500 students. It is one of Columbia County's eight new school buildings that cost more than $1 million in total.
E.D. Clary, chairman of the county Board of Education, addressed the assembly on the significance of the achievement and presented the key to the building to T.E. Kipp.
Mary Weeks resigns as Harlem teacher
As soon as Mary O. Weeks put in her resignation from Harlem High School, peers began planning Mary O. Weeks Day, when they would honor her. During that day, Mrs. Weeks reigned queen of the library, which she was largely instrumental in making it one of the finest school libraries in the state.
At a 1 p.m. program, Mrs. Weeks was honored by several speakers including Board of Education members, fellow teachers and former and present students. A final tribute, a gift in silver, was presented by T.E. Kipp as a token of love and appreciation.
FFA Quartet earns district second
The Harlem FFA Quartet, which won the state competition for the past two years and the Tri-State contest last year, lost out in the district finals Saturday at Savannah Beach.
The Ludowici Quartet beat Harlem out of first place and Claxton took third place. The Thomson String Band won first place and Cochran won first place in public speaking.
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