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The idea began at Clemson's Moe's Coffee shop about five years ago when a support group for parents of children with dyslexia were meeting with retired teachers. The parents were struggling and looking for solutions to teach their children to read. Nancy Linvill, Debbie Vaughn and several retired teachers worked for two and a half years to write the charter and start Lakes and Bridges Charter School.
Nancy Linvill taught learning disability students at Edwards and Central Elementary for 21 years. A majority of her students had dyslexia. During that time she was instrumental in getting Project Read, an effective reading program for struggling readers, into Southern Wesleyan. The program is still being used to train teachers there today.
Nancy was born and raised on a farm in Central Indiana. Nancy, husband, Dale, and three children moved to Clemson in 1980 when Dale became the Clemson University Agricultural Meteorologist. The Linvills have three children, and six grandchildren. Their youngest son, Darren, is a professor at Clemson and spoke to the League last year about his work with Russian intervention into US social media.
Debbie Vaughn was raised in Clemson and graduated from Daniel High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the College of Charleston and her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of South Carolina. She worked at the College of Charleston for 16 years in various roles, beginning as a reference librarian and ultimately becoming the Director of Undergraduate Academic Services. She moved back to Clemson in 2012.
Debbie and her husband, Bo Crader, have four children ranging in age from 11 to 4. She began working on the charter school committee with Nancy and others in the fall of 2015. Two of her children began attending Lakes and Bridges Charter School in August, 2018 and are now in 2nd and 6th grade there. Her other two children attend Clemson Elementary School.
The public is invited. See the calendar for more information.
Alice Flower (Anderson County), Kathy Bargeron (Oconee County) and Eleanor Hare (Pickens County) are collecting candidate information and entering it in the computer. Invitations to participate are being sent to candidates by email. Letters will be mailed to those who do not reply.
We need volunteers in two areas: (1) to phone candidates who do not reply and (2) to take Vote411 flyers and business cards to each council having an election.
This outreach, to the edges of our three counties, is a huge task, but it is a major benefit to voters. If we can reach all these elections, candidate participation in future candidate forums should increase. Contact any of the county co-ordinators if you can help.