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Donna and I will celebrate 20 years of marriage on September 27. Twenty years is a long time. It seems like just yesterday I was hugging the porcelain queen in the church bathroom, minutes before walking into the sanctuary. I was so nervous, and had no confidence that I’d be able to make it through the ceremony. Worried and desperate, I asked God for help. Standing at the altar that day I hastily recited my vows, which expressed a depth of commitment that I could not yet appreciate. I was a dumb kid who thought he knew it all. In reality, I didn’t know ‘nuthin.’ During the service, I kept moving and shaking my legs so I wouldn’t faint. Our pastor was so concerned that he paused to ask if I was okay. Donna’s eyes were sweet, empathetic, and kind: “You’re okay,” she whispered. By God’s grace and mercy, we made through our wedding ceremony and have walked this long journey together through good and bad, laughter and tears, love and hate, kindness and anger, judgment and grace, and most importantly, repentance and forgiveness. I once envisioned marriage as a kind of fairy tale, and I believe Donna did, too. Now we know better. God brought us together for a reason, and has blessed us with three great kids. He has kept us together through our

stormiest seasons, and I’m forever grateful for His kindness and favor. Although Donna may disagree, I believe I’m smarter now than I was back then. Life is the greatest teacher. There have been times when we couldn’t do it alone, and I want to thank Dorri Smith for being there when we sought counsel. Her love, wisdom, patience, and guidance has been invaluable in helping us grow and mature as a couple and as individuals. I’ve learned to be more present and available, which has made me a better husband, father, and boss. I am thankful Donna married me, and look forward to growing old together as we journey through the next 20 years. Thanks for reading Lexington Life! Todd Shevchik

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Every Saturday through September 30 Town of Lexington Farmers Market Lexington Square Park, 205 E Main St., Lexington, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Visit our local farmer/grower and local artisan market that uses a community-friendly atmosphere to promote, support and encourage local production, while educating citizens on the benefits of eating local, fresh produce and supporting local artists and the Certified SC program. Every Thursday in September Meeting Ourselves: A 4-week Introduction to Meditation St. John’s Lutheran Church, 213 St. John’s Church Rd., Lexington, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. A non-doctrinal introduction to meditation, the class will cover the practices of mindfulness, concentration, lovingkindness and compassion, and devotion and contemplation. New or experienced meditators, ages 15 and up, are welcome. Class is free; offerings to church are appreciated. stjohnsmeditation@outlook.com for more information. Monday, September 11 27th Annual Rotary Club of Lexington Golf Tournament Country Club of Lexington, 1066 Barr Rd., Lexington, 11:30 a.m. “The Frank Mogan Cup” to benefit Chris Myers Children’s Place. Tournament limited to first 28 teams. Format is 4-person Captain’s Choice. Hot dog lunch and BBQ dinner provided. Contact Anthony at 803.239.6512 for more information. Saturday, September 16 8th Annual Summer Celebration of Water Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St., Columbia, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The water-themed festival provides residents of the Midlands with adult and kid-friendly water slides and splash activities while learning how to care for our Midland’s waterways with hands-on exhibits and tours. Summercelebrationofwater.com for more information. Monday, September 18 Color in the Winter Garden Lexington Library, 5440 Augusta Rd., Lexington, 6 p.m. Who says winter gardens are dull and boring? Give you garden a touch of

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Thursday, September 21 1st Annual Eye on the Cure Golf Tournament Golden Hills Country Club, 100 Scotland Dr., Lexington, 12 p.m. Tournament to benefit Foundation Fighting Blindness. Registration begins at noon and shotgun start begins at 1 p.m. Register at blindness. org/events/1st-annual-eye-cure-golf-tournament. Saturday, September 23 Newcomers Workshop Wingard’s Market, 1403 N Lake Dr., Lexington, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. If you are new to gardening, you will enjoy this well-attended workshop. Learn about soils, plants, watering, and everything in between. Cost is $10/guests receive $10 Wingard’s coupon. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. Register at wingardsmarket. com or call 803.359.9091. Thursday, September 28 - Thursday, November 2 Adventures in Learning Classes Lexington UMC, 309 E Main St., Lexington The Fall 2017 program offers older adults a way to connect through learning. Some of the classes offered this session include gardening, geneology, Tai Chi,and more. $25/full fall session; additional $18/lunch for fall session. 803-359-6838 ext. 110 for more information.

Saturday, September 30 First Responders Appreciation Luncheon Levi’s Lake House, 1605 N Lake Dr., Lexington, noon - 3 p.m. Enjoy a bbq chicken dinner and live music by Mandy Addy and the Diving Horses, rain or shine. $15/ plate. All proceeds benefit law enforcement in the midlands. Contact Fred at 803.513.5989 to purchase tickets and visit lawriders.com for more information.

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In our city, state, and nation, Christians and the myriads of churches have been yearning and striving for God to bring about a spiritual awakening, as described in 2 Chronicles 7:14: “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land” (NLT). Whether in their homes, in their churches, or in their country, the desire for revival has been going on for centuries. Martin Lloyd Jones describes revival as “consciousness of the presence of God literally in the midst of the people.” We cannot depend on any single church, institution, or government to prompt the realization of Christ’s love at work and being alive in this world. How can we experience a true 2 Chronicles 7:14 awakening? Humble ourselves. Our focus should always be solely on Christ. When we’re constantly focused on ourselves, our needs, and our frustrations, we lose the precious, beautiful opportunity to witness and learn about the character of God and the fullness of His mercy. Admit that we are part of America’s problems and that we are neither smart, rich, nor powerful enough to solve these problems without God. Stay near to God. Spend our time in prayer, directly communicating to the God who loves us and craves our attention. How can we change anything or foster spiritual growth in our homes, towns, and country when we are disconnected and not in fellowship with the God who loves us and desires to be in a relationship with us? Just like we need a source for water, we need to stay close to God. Don’t be afraid to repent. Repentance is Godly sorrow. A satisfied soul can become a stagnant soul, breeding only a shallow faith. We can’t let something in our hearts, minds, and actions prevent us from communing with the most high God. He’s worth the pain, frustration, or loss we might feel. His goodness is permanent and all-enduring; our meager desires, securities, and temptations are not. Be ready to see God move! We serve a God who loves us and hears us. Don’t be afraid or caught off-guard when God says when and where we should go, especially to serve others and share the love of Christ with no shame. If we believe revival is the conscious recognition of God’s presence among the people, we believe our Jesus is real and far beyond extraordinary. When true awakening comes, the Gospel of Jesus always results in changing social injustice and spiritually transforming millions of lives in this city, in this county, and in this country. Why not here? Why not now? Why not us? n

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Samuel B. George II You can’t get any more “Real Lexington” than Sammie George. Born on Main Street, he lived there until after the birth of his first child, and moved “away” about three blocks down the street where he still hangs his hat at age 82. Needless to say, he can remember things and people about Lexington before it became a bustling, growing town. “Population 800,” he recalls. “My family had farm property; my father and uncle established the Citizens Telephone Company and later the Lexington Oil Company.” This hometown boy graduated from Lexington Schools (valedictorian, Lexington High class of 1951) and earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson in 1955 (“The first six females were admitted there during my senior year.”) That same year, he married Cuemilla Harter and soon was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving two years in Texas and Alabama before discharge. George settled into a business career, working for 20 years at the Shakespeare Company as a professional registered engineer. Then, he decided to put his skills to work along with four partners at their own company, Carolina Dielectrics, Inc., specializing in reinforced plastic and fiberglass products. That company closed in 2009, and Sammie George has been a busy retiree ever since. For 21 years he served on the Lexington Town Council, overseeing the city’s spectacular growth and development. One of its early accomplishments: extending water service to Industrial Drive just outside town, where several thriving industries are now headquartered. He was a founding partner of Old Mill Development and along the way became a 34-gallon blood donor. A lifelong member of Lexington United Methodist Church and also of IPTAY (Clemson Alumni Association), he played senior and super senior competitive tennis for 20 years. He was awarded the Order of the Palmetto. He remembers his family teaching him to drive a truck on their farm when he was six years old. “Straight drive. And I had to stand on the floor to see ahead.” Also, he points out, his grandmother Olga George donated land for Lexington Memorial Cemetery and was the first person buried there. Sammie’s wife Cuemilla died in 1999. Their son Sammie III is a Methodist minister in Myrtle Beach, and their daughter Laura Alexander is mother of their five grandchildren, all in Lexington. n lexingtonlife.com

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Lexington Wildcats When Lexington’s former head coach Josh Stepp resigned his position to coach at the college level, he left behind a solid, competitive team with a grasp of the fundamentals for new head coach Perry Woolbright, something he acknowledged immediately. “When I take over a program that is not broken I don’t come in and make wholesale changes,” Woolbright says. “I make small changes where I see they need to be made, and I implement my philosophies into the overall program.” Lexington has some firepower returning on offense, including Chase Crouch at quarterback, Mitchell McGee at wide receiver, Jordan Hiller at running back, and offensive lineman Taylor Holland. They’ll utilize a spread team formation but work to establish the running game to be able to set up the passing game off of it. On defense, look for John Mitchell on the defensive line, Logan Cripe at linebacker, Parker Vancoutren, Chandler Corley, and Will Mosier at defensive back, and Alston Stewart, a defensive lineman who’ll get some playing time on the other side at the tight end as well. They’ll set up in a 4–3 defense the majority of snaps. Woolbright is well aware of the football tradition in Lexington, and he says he appreciates the local support the team gets. “It is an honor to be at a great school such as Lexington High School and also to get to be part of such a great community,” he says. 22 | LEXINGTON LIFE | September 2017

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River Bluff Gators The Gators of River Bluff have established themselves as a program to watch in just the few short years of the school’s existence. New head varsity football coach Blair Hardin, who comes to our area from his most recent position at North Myrtle Beach, aims to continue that trend. “I want our kids to play hard for each other with energy, passion, and great toughness and discipline,” Coach Hardin says. He’ll have to do that with only a few experienced players returning from last season and an offensive line filled with new faces that he refers to as “still a work in progress.” Watch for Antonio Gantt to carry the load at running back for the Gators’ offense, but Hardin promises more than just a running game this year, with a triple option out of the shotgun offering opportunities to be more balanced throwing the pass as well. “We’ll have to see who will step up to give us some passing yardage.” On the defensive side of the ball, the Gators are looking a little more experienced, with several options for playmakers returning. Tristen Winne and Robert Demarre will be back at defensive end, along with Noah Johnson who moved from linebacker to defensive end, and Jalen Weston, who was a starter last season. They’ll run a classic four-man front to stop opponents before they get through that first level of the defense. Hardin says his introduction to the Lexington area has been a positive one and the players have responded to the goals he has for the River Bluff program. “The kids have been a pleasure to work with, and they work hard,” he says. “This has been a great transition, and I’m looking forward to a good year.” 24 | LEXINGTON LIFE | September 2017

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White Knoll Timberwolves With a deep run into the playoffs last season, the White Knoll Timberwolves showed the state that they can play with anyone, so now the challenge for head coach Dean Howell is to build on that momentum. “It was a testament to the hard work those young men put in during the off-season preparing for the long haul, and they proved they can play on a championship level late into the season,” Howell says. “We have used that moving forward and hopefully can continue to build on it.” There is uncertainty and change built into a high school program, but going into the summer Howell wasn’t certain who he would have as impact players in 2017. “We have a bunch of guys back, but they were backups and part-time players in a lot of cases, and we have others who are yet to prove themselves on the field under the lights,” he says, adding, “Our preseason scrimmages will tell us a lot about where we are.” The Timberwolves’ offense under Howell will always run the football, and the defense will set up to stop the run, although he says they have not settled on specifics yet. “We are still making adjustments to what we want to do both 26 | LEXINGTON LaIFE | September 2017

offensively and defensively,” he admits. “We have an interesting mix of kids on both sides of the ball, so we will have to see what we come up with.” The good news is that the Timberwolves are building a program that’s getting noticed, with eight players from last season moving on to play football at the college level this year. “That is unprecedented but at the same time leaves some really big holes to fill,” Howell concludes. “As I’ve told the kids, the good news for us is that we have some really good players to step in; I just hope they are ready to fill some awfully big shoes.”

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Northside Crusaders The Crusaders of Northside Christian Academy welcome Coach Stacy Bell as their new football coach for the 2017 season. Bell came over from Brookland-Cayce High School where he was defensive coordinator last year. The Crusaders ended up with a 3-6 season in 2016 and are looking forward to progress this fall. Bell names his key returning players as Ty Walker, Nathaniel Smith, Noah Powell, and Oliver Neal. He is counting on newcomers Chris Rhone, Blake Austin, Thomas Kodman, and Seth McNulty to make an impact as well. “This is only NCA’s second year having a varsity football program,” says Bell. “I’m most excited about having an opportunity to build a program. I came here because of the great academics and administration and my goal is to build a team that the school can be proud of.” The Crusaders are in the process of building a new stadium which will open on September 29 in time for the school’s third home game. “Our goal is to get better and better every day. We are attempting to produce young men who are going to be successful at life. We want to put great young men out into the community,” says Bell. He also relies heavily on his assistant coaches, Angelo Anderson, Josh Caldwell, Charles Gee, Seth Smalls, Andy Walke, and Adrian Despres. 28 | LEXINGTON LIFE | September 2017 lexingtonlife.com


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Pelion Panthers The Panthers are coming off a difficult 1–9 season, and head coach Dann Holland knows that the answers may not come quickly without some new players in the pipeline for coming seasons. “One of our main goals is to increase our numbers to the point where we can get our JV team back running,” he says. “We also need to get bigger and stronger to be able to better compete.” The Panthers do boast some weapons on both sides of the ball, starting with Dayrun Keith at wide receiver and defensive back. “Dayrun has to be an explosive game changer for us,” Holland says. “He has the physical tools to do that.” Also on the offense, senior wide receiver Brice Bergeron should be a contributor as well. On defense, the Panthers will have to get maximum tackles from linebacker Alex Connor, and last year’s quarterback George Storm moves to linebacker for this season. Pelion utilizes a spread option on offense, taking what the opponent gives them, but it will require the team to be much more physical up front to be successful. On defense, Holland’s main observation is that the Panthers’ run defense has to be tougher. He is cautiously optimistic about the progress the team has made in the off-season, too. “We are starting to see the benefits of our strength program, the kids are in the best shape they have been in since I’ve been here,” he says. “We have to be a more physical team on all fronts.” 30 | LEXINGTON LIFE | September 2017

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Gilbert Indians Gilbert had a banner year for football in 2016, with the team posting a school record-tying 10 wins. “Last season brought a lot of excitement to Friday nights for our school and community, and we want that to continue this year,” says head coach Chad Leaphart. He’ll have a young but solid and experienced crew to make that happen. On offense, the Indians standout quarterback as a freshman last season, Josh Strickland, returns, along with wide receivers Manny Bright, Brett Duncan, Peyton Loper, and Gage Sease. They’ll run a spread offense that Leaphart says will be adjusted to fit the personnel. “We can be run heavy or throw it around a lot, but ultimately we want to have a good balance,” Leaphart says. On defense, the Indians will depend on returning defensive end Darrius Bell, who led the team in sacks last year. Jackson Digiesco and Cody Temples are also returning players, they’ll be in the secondary. The team uses a 4–3 defense with multiple fronts and coverages depending on the personnel on the field. Leaphart is looking forward to another good run this year. “The main thing is we want to build on our success from last season,” he says. “We don’t want our guys to be satisfied, we want them to stay hungry.” 32 | LEXINGTON LIFE | September 2017

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Travis Price attended his first F3 boot camp with a friend in 2013 in the Midlands area and wondered why not Lexington. Less than a year later, on New Year’s Day in 2014, 103 guys showed up for the first F3 meet up in Lexington. “My first boot camp, I went with a friend in Ballentine. It was called the Depot,” says Price. “After that F3 just grabbed me, and I really loved it. So I started asking F3 Columbia when can we get to Lexington and what’s the process. We started collecting names and recruited.” F3 is not just a workout group, although that’s what brings many people to the free fitness group. There are three components,

hence the name F3. “The three F’s are fitness, fellowship, and faith,” Price says. “The first F is the magnet. It’s what brings people to the boot camp whether it’s to lose weight or get in shape. The second F is the glue, the fellowship. We’re all busy with work and family in the evenings. The best time for fellowship is pre-dawn or what we call ‘the gloom.’ The third F is the dynamite, the faith aspect. It’s a huge part of F3 Lexington’s growth.” While some guys are attracted to the fitness aspect or fellowship, some guys are attracted to the faith aspect. However, while the group does encourage one another in prayer, attendees are not obligated to participate. It’s certainly not mandatory by any means for someone to be a Christian at an F3 gathering. The group is open and inviting to any man in the community. Their faith doesn’t

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physical bodies as well as minds in shape because of the social aspect and accountability. Some men take a more a serious approach and find their life’s meaning and purpose, according to the F3 website. Whether it’s through Bible studies or other community initiatives, F3 encourages its participants to exercise leadership in all aspects of their life. Remembering a Brother The faith aspect is what really drove John Flanagan. Flanagan, whose nickname was Cheech, was struck by a car the morning of June 21, 2017 while out on a run with his F3 brothers. “He was a great guy. He embodied all three F’s,” says Price. “He was an avid runner and had a really good time at the workouts. He was an extremely funny guy and liked to make people laugh.” He didn’t join for a little while, but Price says he was recruited wrong. Whenever a F3 participant recruits a new participant, it’s called an “emotional headlock.” “I worked on him for a year. He ran on his own and did his own thing. His wife said we emotional headlocked him wrong,” recalls Price. “If we EH’d him on the third F (faith), he would’ve come sooner.” “We’ll miss him for sure. His legacy will live with us forever; he brought a lot to our group and meant a lot to us,” says Price. Because faith was so important to Flana-

gan, he also had a prayer group called Wingman, which meets weekly. He’s remembered for so much, including the love for his wife and two kids. There is an online giving site up to help with medical and funeral expenses. Additionally, there’s a college fund set up for his children. For the Community and Each Other Whether an F3 brother is motivated by fitness, faith, or fellowship or a combination of all three, one thing is for sure. They are there for their community no matter what.

better husband, to be a better Dad, to be a better community leader.” F3 embodies five core principles. The first principle says that F3 is always free of charge. The second principle states that any meet-up is open to any man. Weather doesn’t matter, which is why the third principle states that workouts are held outdoors in rain or shine, heat or cold. The last two principles embody growth and support for each other. Workouts are led by a participant – or pax – in a rotating fashion to help each other grow as leaders, and all workouts end with a circle of trust. This is where everyone says their names and new guys are given nicknames. A devotional and prayer are optional for those who wish to participate. The mission of F3 is to plant, grow, and serve small workout groups for men for the invigoration of working out, according to Price. Guys come for the work out and stay for the fellowship. “During the flood (October 2015), F3 was on the frontlines in Columbia, Irmo, and other affected areas. During Cheech’s death,

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“I really think Lexington is a tight community, and part of what makes F3 work is the accountability piece of it. I always say I can’t go to the grocery store or restaurant without seeing an F3 guy. We always see each other and ask where you were this morning. The accountability piece is a huge part,” says Price, adding, “We post at 5 a.m. in the rain or freezing cold for a boot camp or run group because we know that 200 other men will know we’re not there. We post for each other. But we hold each other accountable in so many other ways: To be a

we all supported each other,” says Price. “Part of what we do are service projects. We recently had a service project at Lexington High School where participants built a wheelchair ramp. We find ourselves wanting to do more and more for the community.” Check out any of F3 Lexington’s run/ ruck groups, kettlebell groups, or boot camps any given Monday through Saturday by visiting them at f3nation.com/schedules/ lexington-sc. They are also on Facebook under F3 Lexington and Twitter via the handle F3lexsc. n

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COSMETIC DENTIST: Dr. Bryan and Dr. Celeste Springer - Aesthetic Smile Studio • Dr. James Denny DMD • Dr. Jon D. Smith Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry COSMETOLOGY SCHOOL: Kenneth Shuler Cosmetology School • Lexington Technology Center • Paul Mitchell CPA: Burkett Burkett & Burkett CPA • Dooley & Company, LLC • Rish & Enzastiga CPA CREDIT UNION: Grow Financial FCU • Palmetto Citizens FCU • SAFE FCU DAMAGE RESTORATION SERVICES: CSS Roofing • Floor Pro • Rainbow International DANCE COMPANY: Columbia City Jazz • South Carolina Dance Company • Stepping Out DAY SPA: Bella Riley’s Salon & Spa • Bliss Salon & Spa • Healing Waters at Palmetto Health DAYCARE: Big Blue Marble Academy • Harvest Daycare & Afterschool Ministry • Pisgah Child Development DELI: Groucho’s Deli • McAlister’s Deli • The Deli DENTIST (ADULTS): Dr. Jon D. Smith Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry • Northwood Dental Associates • White Knoll Dentistry DENTIST (KIDS): Midlands Pediatric Dentistry • Palmetto Smiles • Sunset Children’s Dentistry DERMATOLOGIST: Carolina Dermatology Group • Dermatology of Lexington • Palmetto Dermatology DESSERT: Cribb’s Sandwich & Sweet Shop • Miyo’s • Travinia Italian Kitchen DIETICIAN: Bee Healthy Medical Weight Loss • Bodyshop Athletics • Carolina Nutrition Consultants DRY CLEANER: Kleen Kare Cleaners • Lexington Dry Cleaning • Tripp’s Fine Cleaners ENGINEERING FIRM: 4D Engineering • Mead & Hunt • Tobias & West EVENT: Kid’s Day of Lexington • Lexington County Blowfish Baseball • Movies in the Park EXTERMINATOR: Clark’s Termite & Pest Control • Econobug • Mosquito Joe FACIAL: Bella Riley’s Salon & Spa • High Maintenance • Lilliana’s Skin Care FAST FOOD: Chick-fil-A • McDonald’s • Rush’s FITNESS CENTER: Bodyshop Athletics • Dynamic Health & Fitness • The Flex FLORIST: Lexington Florist & Flower Center • Storey’s Florist • White House Florist FROZEN YOGURT: Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt • TCBY

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Lexington’s Little Red Schoolhouse The Woman Behind the Dream by Mary Ann Hutcheson

Following Mrs. Maro Rogers’ directions, I arrived at the long driveway leading to her lovely Lexington home and turned in. To the right, on the other side of a low red-brick wall, sat a tidy cement block building, painted a bright schoolhouse red. Four white columns supported a white pitched roof. Three large wooden block letters displayed “A,” “B,” and “C” on the front door. There was no raucous laughter, no shrieks from excited children: It was a still-life view of what was once an active, thriving pre-school for generations of Lexington children. As a retired schoolteacher, I was intrigued and curious about this amazing project—especially by the woman who created it. Maro Rogers welcomed me to her lovely home with a warm smile and a gracious supply of hospitality. Everything about her announced “welcome,” and it was obvious why she was loved by so many children. Maro is a strong, intuitive, and successful woman whose life history could fill vol48 | LEXINGTON LIFE | September 2017

umes on its own. To condense her life story, separate from the schoolhouse years, is not an easy task. But it deserves a brief mention for its impact on her successful 42-year enterprise. We settled in for the interview, leaving the little schoolhouse tour for last. Maro is from Iraq, of Armenian heritage, and learned to speak English from American teachers at the American school in Baghdad. She arrived in America in 1953 as a 21-year-old and graduated from Columbia College three years later. A history degree left limited options, so she attended a teacher interview with then Lexington superintendent, Dr. Odell Harmon. Dr. Harmon was impressed and told her, “You have a job, but you may not like the salary: It’s only $231 a month.” For young Maro, it felt like a windfall. Maro taught at Lexington High School for several years, during which she met her husband of 60 years, Lexington attorney, Hugh Rogers. After several years teaching high school in Lexington and Charleston,

Maro conceived the idea for her Little Red Schoolhouse. There were no kindergartens in Lexington, and, by then, the couple had daughters of their own. Maro wanted to provide kindergarten schooling for the local community where she could also teach her own children. So she proposed the idea to her husband. “My husband has always been a very forward-thinking man,” she explained. The Hughes’ would use their Fox Street land for the project. The couple conducted exhaustive research. With the help of a local builder, they drew up plans and built the school in three months. In today’s world of bureaucratic red lexingtonlife.com


C “Maro Rogers not only created a school, she created a legacy.”

tape, their concept of a Little Red Schoolhouse might not have survived. Today’s zoning laws would prohibit building the school on the same property as their home. And today’s licensing and state curriculum requirements would complicate opening a private school like hers. Maro was fortunate that her attorney husband knew the law. Once the building was up, Maro served as its business manager, teacher, janitor, grass-cutter, headmistress, painter of all outside playground equipment—and whatever else came along that needed attention. No crossing guards were provided, however, so parents were required to meet their children in line along the school’s redbrick fence. lexingtonlife.com

“I had the sweetest children and parents—and the nicest grandparents,” Maro remembered.

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Maro opened her school with 15 pupils the first year, two of them her own. She soon learned that she loved teaching her little five- and six-year-olds as much as she had her high school students. “How did you advertise?” I asked. “Word of mouth,” she said. “Lexington was such a great place to open this school. I wasn’t even in the telephone book. Our first year, the students were all children of friends. After that, they were children of

friends who had already attended. And so, it grew from there.” One of Maro’s requirements for new teachers was that they play the piano. “It was a must because I wanted live piano music,” she told me. The school day began at 9:00 a.m. The first hour was learning period, followed by indoor playtime, refreshments, and outside play. The day’s last session was indoor music time. Accompanied by lively piano music, a jubilant chorus of vibrant young voices filled the little schoolhouse, drawing their day to a close. Students were dismissed at 12:00. Two well-attended recitals were per-

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formed each year: one at Christmas and one at the end of the year. Hugh Rogers played Santa Claus, and Maro remembers having to replace several of his worn Santa Claus outfits. The students took frequent field trips. Once a month they visited the town library for story hour. Sometimes they walked in a line, holding a rope on their way to the Lexington County Museum. They visited chicken, dairy, and egg farms. There were puppet shows at the Columbia Museum and special visits to the Columbia State Fairgrounds. The students loved their trips to the Columbia Zoo. Afterward, Maro told her students, “Go home and tell your momma and daddy what you did today. Have them write it down and bring it to class tomorrow. Then I will read and share it in class.” What an excellent method to foster early childhood communication skills. When public schools incorporated kindergartens, Maro had to phase out her fiveyear-olds and soon opened enrollment to four-year-olds. The largest number of students at the school at one time included lexingtonlife.com

around 60 pupils, mainly four-year-olds. Initially, the school ran five days a week. Over time, Maro reduced the schedule when necessary, to accommodate whatever the market required. At one time, her eldest daughter was both teacher and school pianist at the Little Red Schoolhouse. Eventually, her students comprised three generations: her former high school students; her original kindergarten classes; and their children and grandchildren. As a result, she is well-known—and loved—by former students throughout Lexington. At a recent July 4th barbecue, a woman seated beside Maro asked, “Didn’t you teach me in high school?” “She was 72 years old!” Maro told me with a smile. “It is such a privilege for me to have taught all these former students.” In 2004, Maro reached her 45th year of teaching. She knew it was time to consider closing the Little Red Schoolhouse, but the decision was bittersweet. So Maro and Hugh decided to throw a large picnic to commemorate the event. Former students of all ages came to celebrate with them. Maro remembered what

We finished our interview, and it was time for me to visit the schoolhouse. Maro walked us across the lawn to the same wrought-iron gate she had entered for 42 years on her “commute” to work. We arrived at the front door, decorated with the “A,” “B,” and “C” blocks. The former school sign now leans silently against the front wall. “One of the parents made the letters for us,” Maro said. She turned to show me a tall, healthy fir tree on the front lawn—a parent gift. Behind us, on Maro and Hugh’s front lawn, was a lush Magnolia tree, another “thank you” gift. I could almost hear 42 years of young voices welcoming us to their home. I saw Maro’s young students, full of hope and promise, chasing one another, taking turns on the seesaw, racing to see who could line up at the A, B, and C door first. Maro posed at the door of her Little Red Schoolhouse, wearing a school shirt from 50 years ago. “Little Red Schoolhouse Kindergarten,” it announced in bright red script. Her wide smile and twinkling eyes welcomed me, as they had decades of enthusiastic five-year-olds. She pulled the key from her pocket, unlocked the door, and we entered the building. The original tile-covered cement floor survived admirably, aside from normal wear and tear that left a few loose tiles. Maro flipped the wall switch to illuminate a silent classroom. The reminiscent scent

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of early childhood filled the room. Years of joyful activity illuminated the quiet space. A brief scan revealed old bookshelves, filled with interactive toys and books. A plastic multi-colored Fisher Price cash register sat silent watch among toy trucks and a yellow school bus. A brightly painted orange-red upright piano took center stage in the large room. Boxes filled with children’s record albums for classroom sing-a-longs— “The Songs of the Wizard of Oz,” “Dr. Doolittle”— sat on tables. Christmas ornaments and decorations, bulletin board hangings, and miniature wooden kitchen appliances peered out from additional boxes. Maro walked me back past a wall-mounted metal water fountain, the perfect size for a small child. On the way, we passed a round table, with several small wooden chairs upturned on top. The chairs were timeworn, but the 40 years of magic that radiated from them was tangible. How many young imaginations were awakened upon those worn chairs—how many memories accumulated? We moved on through the kitchen into the teacher workroom, not much larger than a walk-in closet.

On a small wooden table sat a metal-gray hand-cranked mimeograph machine. Dots of blue ink stained the old metal barrel. A stack of yellowed paper stood ready in the feeder tray. Maro pulled up on a white plastic lid at the top of the machine, revealing a metal can that once held the mimeograph fluid. Most students before the mid-1970s recall the pungent

perfume that accompanied those worksheets. During my first year as a teacher, I hand-cranked my students’ work papers from a similar mimeograph machine. What seemed a moment had stretched into two-and-a-half hours. Our time was growing to a close. Maro and I moved outside, and she reached back to switch off the lights and lock the door to her Little Red Schoolhouse. Maro Rogers not only created a school, she created a legacy. She repeated often during our interview how fortunate she has been in her life. She had the best students, the best parents, and the best grandparents. She spoke of her wonderful husband and the deep love she has for her children. Some say that we help create our own fate. Maro worked very hard to create a life of loving and learning. That she can look back on a fortunate life is, in large part, a result of the choices she made and the amount of dedication she invested in those choices. So, in the end, those of us who have met her—and especially those who were educated at her Little Red Schoolhouse— are indeed the lucky ones. n

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90’s Fashion A controversial trend, you either love it or hate it with opinions on the look rarely being neutral. Agree or disagree; it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Fortunately, there are subtle ways to incorporate the trend into your look and avoid looking like a season 1 Rachel from Friends. Consider the following articles from a 90’s wardrobe that are trending: high-waisted jeans (cuffed, ripped, or light wash for extra points), crop tops, chokers, the iconic slip dress, velvet, low-top sneakers (Keds, Converse, Vans, etc.), and loafers.

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To avoid looking too trendy, pair your high-waisted and cuffed jeans with a silky, ribbed tank top underneath a duster with stiletto heels. Wear a couch floral print dress and pair it with a clean, no frills, suede choker. The key with this look is to make sure it is balanced with clean, modern, circa 2017 wardrobe elements. Just a dash of 90s is all it takes to take your outfit up a notch.

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hey say God made man just a little lower than the angels. Some people state the above with a sniff of arrogance, as if to say: “Yes, I, and those like me, am indeed just a little lower than the angels, and not that much lower, mind you.” I think: “Eck.” Besides that, God made just about everything a little lower than the angels. A careful observer notices an awful lot of folks were created an awful lot lower than the angels, as opposed to just a “little lower.” I can’t help remembering it’s also proclaimed that man is the highest of all animals. Anyone who believes that has never had a good dog.

I am one of the lucky ones. I have Three Good Dogs. They are not only good, but they are smarter than most people I’ve met. If I could find 100 men who were as smart and loyal as my dogs, I could take over the western hemisphere without firing a shot and everyone affected would think it was a great idea. Khaki leads Sunny and Spunky, and Khaki’s Lesson is simple. Like all simple lessons, it oversimplifies quickly. All manner of people will object because “it doesn’t fit their situation.” Those well-meaning folks must understand I’m not talking about them, so they can complain elsewhere. I’m interested in the lesson that fits folks willing to actually work at finding their life’s path.

I mowed my back field during the last week. I’m told this is really a simple project if I’d just started it sooner. The back field is pretty big, and some of the weeds were eight feet tall. You’re correct when you say this sounds ridiculous. But here’s the thing: Khaki and Sunny and Spunky follow along beside the tractor watching for field rats to run. They saunter along with all the Happy-Dog signs: tail and ears up with a big tongue-hanging-out grin. It’s not long before the three smartest people I know are on a big chase. They don’t always catch the rat, and they completely miss a few. But when they catch one, they sling it around, and let it go. And then they chase it again. The chase continues until the rat gives up and expires, and then the boys are off to find another. These three are content to sleep all day long, believe me. But they are at their best and happiest when they are busy facing the challenge of the relatively tiny rat in the big field. Everybody knows a Dog-Year is seven human-years. Khaki is pushing eleven years old, and I can see how age sometimes makes him feeble. But the tractor’s cranking sound makes time disappear and Khaki springs into action like a three year old in his prime. He has the purpose and challenge that makes life good. I’m pushing eight and a half in DogYears. I’ve learned my days are better when I follow Khaki’s lead. n

David Clark writes and works in Cochran, GA. Connect with him at cw.w4trj@gmail.com.

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