Originally created 05/14/05

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Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

TODAY

SPRING COMMENCEMENT: Augusta State University will hold its Spring Commencement at 2 p.m. at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St. The guest speaker will be J. Timothy Shelnut, vice chairman of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. For more information, call 737-1444.

MICROCHIP CLINIC: The CSRA Humane Society will hold a microchip clinic from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Pet Center, 425 Wood St. at Milledge Road, past Lake Olmstead Stadium. Microchips are skin implants used for identification if a pet is lost. Pets must be at least 3 months old and in good health and have vaccinations. The cost is $20. For more information, call 261-7387.

SUNDAY

HISTORIC AIKEN MEETING: The Historic Aiken Foundation will hold its spring meeting at 3:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, The Alley. The speaker will be Walter Edgar, a professor, author and historian. Refreshments will be served at the meeting, which is open to the public.

Today in regional history:

MAY 14, 1995

Andrew Baumgartner's kindergartners were a little more excited than usual Wednesday.

So was their teacher.

Mr. Baumgartner got a Tuesday night phone call from state school Superintendent Linda Schrenko telling him he had been named Georgia's teacher of the year.

"She asked me if I thought I could keep it a secret, and I said 'I don't think so!'" he said. "I'm overwhelmed. It's incredibly exciting, and extremely affirming. I wish every teacher would have a chance to feel this way."

Mr. Baumgartner, a 22-year teaching veteran most often known as Mr. B, has taught kindergarten at A. Brian Merry Elementary School three years. His selection as teacher of the year marks the first time a teacher from Richmond County has won the honor.

The end is near.

The grueling school year will end for many area schoolchildren and their teachers Friday. So this is the perfect weekend for you and your young scholars to honor the other really important women (or fellows) in their life - their teachers.

But before you rush out to purchase yet another apple-shaped pencil holder, coffee mug or memo holder, ask yourself: What do teachers really want?

We checked out several teacher discussion boards to get their suggestions for year-end gifts.

CLASSROOM SUPPLIES: Yes, it's the end of the year, but unless your child's teacher is retiring, he or she will need items for next year. Pencils, loose-leaf paper, notebooks and markers are all great supplies.

GIFT CARDS: With a gift card, your child's teacher can purchase a personal item or use it for supplies for his or her classroom.

BOOKS: Age-appropriate books for the classroom are always in demand. Pre-school and elementary teachers need picture books, and middle school teachers can always use reference books.

DISPOSABLE CAMERA AND A COUPON FOR DEVELOPMENT: This is a great way to help capture the end-of-school memories.

VOLUNTEER: Teachers are especially busy at the end of the year, finishing up grades and packing up the classroom for the summer. Offer to spend an afternoon helping out.