Tabitha Safdi

2013 Governor’s Carolighting At The State House

By Tabitha Safdi

Carolighting

This year marked the 47th Annual Carolighting at the Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina. There were ensembles and choirs, both young and old, Columbia Mayor Benjamin, Governor Haley and even Santa attended. 

But who sets all this up? There is a lot that goes into making sure an event like this is a success. The Event Planner, Ray Gray, says, “It’s my role to pull all the pieces together and to really make them work. I’m not doing it all by myself I am grateful to say. I have some help from the governor’s staff and it's really a team effort”. 

Children’s Shelter Changing Lives…One at a Time

By Tabitha Safdi

Palmetto Place

Since 1977, the Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter has provided over 5,800 Midland's abused and neglected children and unaccompanied teens with a safe, home-like place to go. They provide a home until an appropriate foster family is located.

“The shelter is open 24 hours each day of the year and provides medical and mental health care, crisis adjustment/transitional counseling, after-school tutoring and recreational and social activities in addition to food, clothing and shelter.”

Northeastern University Experiences Civil Rights in South Carolina

By Tabitha Safdi

Civil Rights

Thomas Mullikan is not only a Camden attorney, but he travels back and forth to Boston to teach a class on Southern Politics at Northeastern University. Several weeks ago, he brought his class down South to get a first-hand look at our past and future regarding civil rights in our state. The tour through South Carolina began in Camden, where several leaders recalled their moments in our civil rights history.

South Carolina Slave Home to Become Centerpiece for Smithsonian’s New Museum

By Tabitha Safdi

Slave Home

Down a dirt road on Edisto Island, in the middle of Point of Pines Plantation, stood a dilapidated home chock-full of history. The home was one of two of the nation’s oldest slave cabins, dating to the 1850s. According to the NY Times, “Black families lived in the wood-sided, two-room houses, without electricity or heating, until the 1980s."

An Interview with Lunch Money, the S.C. Indie Rock Band

By Tabitha Safdi

Lunch Money

The band Lunch Money is making waves with audiences everywhere with songs about dollhouses, balloons and pushing buttons. These audiences aren’t just pint-sized people either. Parents are finding this indie music fun, too.

“I love it when adults tell us, 'I find myself listening to your album even when my kids aren't around.' That’s the point,” says bass player, J.D. Stephens.

Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Bullying Prevention Month

By Tabitha Safdi

Haley

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Governor Nikki Haley has issued a statewide proclamation designating the month of October as Bullying Prevention Month.

This proclamation is a part of Governor Haley’s continued anti-bullying initiative. The proclamation states that schools should be safe, positive learning environments in which students are able to thrive without the threat of being bullied. This statewide proclamation also recognizes the negative effects that bullying can have on a child’s health and learning experience.

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