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Lisa Austen Voted Sandy Ridge Teacher of the Year photo

Lisa Austen Voted Sandy Ridge Teacher of the Year

 Congratulations to Lisa Austen for being recognized as the 2015 Teacher of the Year at Sandy Ridge Elementary. Mrs. Austen, a kindergarten teacher, was surprised in her classroom by Mr. Eversole and Mrs. Yetter on Thursday afternoon with a large bouquet of roses.

With hugs and cheers from her students, she accepted saying "This award should go to the kids. They just make me look good!" 

Runner up Laura DeBarr, 1st grade, and runner up Jan Lepley, 4th grade,  were also recognized with a bouquet of flowers.

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Sandy Ridge Girl Scout Troop 1847 Goes Wild! photo

Sandy Ridge Girl Scout Troop 1847 Goes Wild!

     On Friday, Sept. 19, Sandy Ridge Girl Scout Troop 1847 took a walk on the wild side! Packing their pillow and sleeping bag they set off for a different kind of overnight trip…not to a woodland campsite, but to the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC. Their overnight safari brought them many wonderful adventures, educational programs, and a chance to meet some of the animals up close and personal. Their first encounter was with Pumpkin the Corn Snake and Lucie the hedgehog, whom everyone got a chance to pet.

     Their next encounter was a secret. As night time fell across the zoo and all the twinkle lights in the trees started to come on, they were led down a back alleyway and into a “keepers only” door. To their amazement two beautiful tigers were in their enclosures less than two feet away! These magnificent striped creatures appeared to have the temperament of house cats. One spent her time meticulously grooming her paws and the other looked ready to stretch out and take a nap. Neither seemed impressed with their visitors!


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