A Time for Everything

Chanda Jefferson Teacher of the Year
FCSD Artists
The late Mr. Sammy Cornelius
The Late Mr. CJ Simmons
Story by: Gerell Lawhorne/Carolyn Means Staff Journalists

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven; A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest; A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance; A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace. Th ere is a time for everything. From the time of birth until death, this is the granted time to be the author of your book.

Within the very recent past, residents of Fairfield County School have experienced high and lows. For the first time ever in Fairfield County, we have a State Teacher of the Year, a distinction that deserves to be praised highly. Ms. Chanda Jefferson earned the title of South Carolina Teacher of the Year. She is a biology teacher at Fairfield Central High School. Upon her winning the title, she was the first finalist to be notified that she and four other teachers were being chosen for the title. In the end, she received a total of $35,000, Michelin tires that were installed on her personal vehicle, and a brand new BMW to drive for her year serving as an ambassador for the teachers of South Carolina. Fairfield County is the first school district in South Carolina to initiate the construction of a Teachers Village. Th is is to insure that our teachers have adequate housing while teaching our young scholars. Additionally, to attract highly qualified teaching staff for our district, current teachers and staff members will receive a bonus upon renewal of contracts. Th e county is rejuvenating downtown Winnsboro and bringing new industries to the community.

Students at Fairfield Central have also established a county newspaper, our only locally run newspaper that is student driven. Our athletics, visual and performing arts departments are alive and achieving. Fairfield County Schools superseded others giving to the United Way of the Midlands.

Fairfield Central High School Classes of 2019 and 2020 has unfortunately encountered many tragedies. Robert Evans, a member of the Class of 2019, made the decision to end his life.

Sammy Cornelius, member of the Class of 2019, accidentally departed this earthly life on November 13th of 2018. Domantay “DC” Wheeler, was a victim of gun violence. Mykel Beaufort, a member of the Class of 2020, passed away in a car accident over the Holiday Season in 2017.

Here we are today, May 31, 2019. FCSD has lost two more students, Christopher Simmons, Jr., a member of the Class of 2020, and Jermiia Scarborough, a 4th grade student at Fairfield Elementary School. Both were killed in a horrendous accident over the Memorial Day weekend.

The FCSD Family also lost Tara Blocker, a 4th grade teacher at Fairfield Magnet School, on May 15, 2019. As uncomfortable it may be, these individuals have left an indelible mark on the lives of others, by leaving a legacy of love, friendship, sportsmanship, talent, and educational leadership. We suspect they will be remembered by parents, family members, teachers, classmates and the community in ways that most will never know. It could be in the way they smiled, or made others smile. How they hugged or responded to a hug. Th e way either may have responded in the classroom, or ran a play on the football team. Any one of these things could be the catalyst that makes another person great, or hug a little longer, or motivate a classmate to not be afraid of answering a question, or be a better friend and above all, love a little harder. Sometimes in life, some people could possibly leave this life so that others may live.

The late Ms. Jermiia Scarborough
The late Ms. Tara Blocker