Southside Elementary students get 'A' for the day

All children are artists.


– Pablo Picasso


What a great time! Friday found me speaking to my many new friends in the kindergarten class at Southside Elementary School.

I couldn’t have asked for a more attentive audience than Christie Allen, Xavion Barnes, Aiyona Beasley, Yazmin Bryant, Shelton Chatmon, Christian Diaz, Jazlyn Franks, Demuntrez Gardner, Robert Hartfield, Amiera Howard, Mandrill McFadden, Antoine Moore, Za’ire Person, Shanell Reese, Jamarquez Seals, Brianna Smith, Jayden Swartzlander, Dermondrio Thomas, Zion Williamson and Kiyanni Winfrey.

They were all in the kindergarten class of Mrs. Putnam and Mrs. Cobb, and sat very attentively as I read a book, then they asked very good questions.

I would give them all an “A” for the day.

They were well-prepared and even asked about my little white dog. They knew his name and his nickname and even had a picture of him on the class computer.

I asked what they wanted to be when they grew up, and more than half of them said teachers, which is encouraging.

Mandrill said he wanted to be Spider-Man, and I told him that’s a good choice, too.

In all, the morning was delightful, just way too short.


YOUR MAIL: The weather around here can be pretty unstable this time of year. That must be why some of you are going elsewhere.

Trey, Michelle, Mark, Alex, Bill and Kay send a postcard from their visit to the famous Konigsschloss castle in southern Germany and say it is “beauty inside and out. We’re having a great time. Just wanted to let you know we’re still thinking about Augusta.”

The castle is supposed to be the inspiration for Walt Disney’s frequent images, and it looks it.

More warm was a card sent by Mary Cosnahan, who was having fun in Costa Maya, Belize, Honduras, Cozumel with a host of others.

Dick McCoppin, of Martinez, sent a card from Puerto Rico, where he found lots of sun and warm weather on a cruise.

Helen Welch, of Thomson, says she saw it snow on Myrtle Beach on Saturday, Feb. 16, but the seafood was great.

And Leah Ronen, the executive director of Augusta Jewish Federation, sends a card showing Cuba, where the Small Federation Executive Institute took 2,500 pounds of medicines, crayons, pens, coloring books and other items, including baseballs, to the Jewish communities in Cuba. She called it “an unforgettable experience.”


TODAY’S JOKE: The bride was escorted down the aisle and when she reached the altar, the groom was standing there with his golf bag and clubs at his side.

She said: “What are your golf clubs doing here?”

He looked her right in the eye and said, “This isn’t going to take all day, is it?”


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