Bits and Pieces

A Newsletter from the Superintendent

June 3, 2022

FSD3 Offering Seamless Summer Meal Program

Florence School District 3 will provide free breakfast and lunch meals that meet federal nutrition guidelines to all students 18 and younger participating in school-based programs or activities in the district.


Florence District Three will also provide bulk meal pickup to include five days of breakfasts and lunches available to all children 18 and younger and individuals with disabilities up to age 21 on the Tuesdays, June 7; Tuesday, June 14; and Tuesday, June 21 from 10-11:30 a.m. Lake City High School located in the rear parking lot.


Some items included in the meal package will be ready to eat, while others will be heat and serve items. Meals may be distributed to adults when children are not present if the adult is able to demonstrate proof of the child’s identity. The student’s ID number is a valid form of proof of identity.


When there is inclement weather, check the district website and Facebook page for updates.

For more information about the Seamless Summer Meal Program, contact Valerie Mouzon, School Food Service Supervisor, at 843-374-8652.

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MSE Holds School Decision Day

Main Street Elementary has its first School Decision Day on May 24 during which sixth graders gathered to announce their which middle schools they will attend.


The students were joined by MSE Principal Dr. Sharon Williams, as well as Mac McDougal, principal of J. Paul Truluck Creative Arts and Science Magnet School, and Terrell Fleming, principal of Dr. Ronald E McNair School of Digital Communication and Leadership.


The students declared where they would take their academic talents for the 2022- 2023 school year and were welcomed by their new principals.

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Olanta Magnet Remembers Mrs. Cyndi

On Wednesday afternoon, June 1st, Olanta Creative Arts and Science Magnet School paused to remember and celebrate the life of one of our very own - Cyndi Yarborough.


Mrs. Cyndi was the absolute heart of Olanta Magnet knowing each and every student by name. She often would pick up shoes for students, make sure they all had warm coats in the winter and offer them a snack if they were hungry. She kept teachers straight, too, and her absence was definitely felt this year!


Mrs. Cyndi not only had a love for Olanta Magnet, but for hummingbirds as well. Students were given rocks to paint with a special message to Mrs. Cyndi and took some time to place them around her memorial garden. Within the garden is a hummingbird feeder…just like she would’ve wanted.


Students also wrote memories for a book that was given to her family. Principal Tonyelle Thomas and Christy Flowers shared some favorite staff memories. Connie Campbell read a dedication over the garden and Assistant Principal Melanie McKnight prayed a special prayer over Mrs. Cyndi’s family and OMS students.


Olanta Magnet considered it an honor to be able to remember Mrs. Cyndi Yarborough in this special way.

In Loving Memory of Ms Cynthia "Cyndi" Yarborough

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LCHS Seniors Receive Surprise Gifts

While rehearsing for graduation on Thursday, June 2, Lake City Early College High School seniors had a surprise visitor.


FSD3 Superintendent Dr. Laura Hickson delivered a special gifts for seniors along with their yard signs. Each student was given a bucket with an inspirational book, snacks and other goodies.


In addition, seniors who are attending South Carolina State University were presented with a special gift from a Lake City High School and South Carolina State alumnus.

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JPTMS Graduates First Senior Class

J. Paul Truluck Creative Arts and Science Magnet School held a commencement ceremony Thursday, June 2, for its first graduating class.


The ceremony included remarks by senior Jordan Barnett, valedictorian Amara Janai Nelson and salutatorian Sydney Lin Morris, as well as FSD3 Superintendent Dr. Laura Hickson, JPTMS Principal Mac McDougal and Jeanette Altman, executive director of The Continuum and JPTMS's first principal.

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FSD3 Holds Annual Senior Parade

In what has become an annual tradition, FSD3 held its senior parade on Wednesday, June 1.


Seniors from J. Paul Truluck Creative Arts and Science Magnet School and Lake City High School decorated their cars and drove along the parade route that began on Blanding Street and continued along Main Street.

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