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We are proud of all our alumni and their many accomplishments during the last year. Read about many award winners, elected leaders and successes at school and at work.
We are welcoming two new teachers this year, Ann O'Brien in fifth grade and Kendra Reasor in third grade, and Cindy Womack is returning in third grade.
Elephants, giraffes, lions, hippopotamuses are some animals you might see in a zoo. A group of students, alumni and staff from The Bright School got to see those animals and more in their natural habitats in South Africa this summer. This experience of a lifetime is one way Bright helps develop children into “wise and compassionate citizens of the world,” as the school’s mission states.
The classroom of the future is here. The fifth grade math classroom now has flexible seating, tables and storage units plus walls for students to write on and new lighting and paint that updates the look.
Math Academy teacher and reading instructor Diane Kemp spent 17 days in Europe this summer thanks to a faculty summer travel grant awarded by the school. Her favorite city was Prague, and she visited a concentration camp that is part of her fifth grade social studies unit on World War II.
Our Parents' Association received an honorable mention in PTO Today's 2017 Parent Group of the Year search. The PA organized Bright World, reached goals in the Charleston Wrap fundraiser, added new snack stations through a Box Tops collection and made a significant contribution to the cafeteria kitchen renovation.
Bright alumni share many things in common, but our alumni who graduated prior to 1963 often describe memories of their school building on Fort Wood Street and of Miss Bright herself that vary in great detail from graduates of today. Because of this, the school has established the Fort Wood Society for all alumni who attended the school at 833 Fort Wood Street. Here are some recollections of alumni who attended school at both locations.
From their own school days to teaching school and now to retirement, Vicki Everett and Kathi Wagner have always been together.
When the two teachers independently decided to retire after this past school year, they notified Assistant Head of School Christy Lusk within days of each other.
At Bright School's 103rd graduation, 43 fifth graders became alumni and are continuing their educational journeys in middle school. The ceremony included the traditional singing and playing of "Country Gardens" with soprano recorders, autoharps and handbells. Before the ceremony finished, they sang a special tribute to fifth grade teacher Vicki Everett, who retired after teaching at Bright since 1991.
Becoming wise and compassionate citizens of the world is part of the educational experience at The Bright School. This year, the school is honoring young alumni for the first time with an award to recognize leadership in service to others. The Class of 2017 presented the inaugural Citizen of the World Award today at graduation to Mimi Vance ’10, who graduated from Girls Preparatory School last week and served as president of the school’s Partnerships in the Community organization.

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