I would like to tell your readers about my experiences as a volunteer at Ridgeland Elementary School in Jasper County. I was there the entire school year (2012-2013) on different days and at different times. The experiences were consistent.
I checked in at the office and proceeded to the classroom. I had to go through two sets of double doors, take an elevator up to the second floor, then walk down two long hallways to reach my assignment. If I reached the double doors at the same time a student did, the student held the door for me. If there was a line of students when I crossed the hallway, they stopped (without teacher direction) and let me pass. The hallways were quiet, as were the classrooms I passed.
I passed two different grade levels, about five classrooms each. Outside their classrooms were displays of student work. The displays changed often.
The class I volunteered in was disciplined, respectful and showed an eagerness for learning. On one occasion when I entered, the teacher was playing recorded classical music, while the students wrote poetry. Some of their poems were on the bulletin board.
I know that the staff and faculty of Ridgeland Elementary School are very proud of their students.
Hilton Head Island