Our BCA 9th grade high school students recently had an opportunity to visit City Hall and the district offices of Congressman Trey Gowdy, Councilwoman Amy Ryberg Doyle, U.S. Senators Tim Scott, and Lindsay Graham. It was a chance for them to get a better understanding of how our local and federal governments operate and to learn from key staff members, the roles and responsibilities of elected officials. This visit is part of BCA’s Technology and Career Exploration program that allows our students to get valuable exposure to key businesses and organizations here in Greenville. It’s a unique high school model that benefits the student because in addition to getting quality classroom training, they are able to start exploring their gifts and talents in the early stages of their academic careers through these visits.
Greenville, South Carolina (October 27, 2017) – Usborne Books & More is pleased to bring Michelle Nelson-Schmidt to visit thousands of children in Upstate South Carolina October 30- November 3, 2017. She will present two presentations at Bridgeway Christian Academy on Tuesday, October 31 at 1:00 p.m. (Elementary) and 2:30 p.m. (Middle/High School)
Ms. Nelson-Schmidt took the kind of chance that her book Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster encourages when she headed to art school despite opposition from her family who advocated a more conventional career. After working hard for years as a graphic designer, she became an accomplished book author/illustrator of six picture books. Michelle is in high demand as a presenter at schools, libraries and festivals having visited over 700 schools in 35 states in the past 6 years. She is thrilled to be able to share her work and her message with children across the country. The many letters she receives from child fans who’ve made a “pinky promise” with her to follow their dreams are a testament to her success in inspiring them. It is not unusual for principals and educators to describe her as the best author they’ve ever had visit. Her enthusiasm, passion and energy easily captivates her audiences.
Ms. Nelson-Schmidt’s first two books grew from her pet portraitures. Cats! Cats! And Dogs! Dogs! quickly became best-sellers for Usborne Books & More. Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster proved to be an even greater success helping children face fears and try hard. Bob is a Unicorn followed with its inspirational message to be yourself while Dog and Mouse delivers a encouraging story of finding and being a friend. It is not surprising that Cordelia, a modern-day fable about believing in yourself and your dreams, has met with the same success now familiar to this author. A companion novel called Beatrice ; A Tale of Magic, Truth and Connection is currently in the works. Adorable plush toys of several characters – the Whatif Monster, Bob, and Cordelia – are also available.
Upstate South Carolina visits are expected to fill rapidly. For more information about Michelle Nelson-Schmidt’s work visit her website at www.whatifmonsters.com/school-
On Friday, October 6, 2017, BCA officially launched it’s Feed the Need Campaign that is not only going to help with scholarships and curriculum enhancements for our school, but we will have the opportunity to pack 10,000 meals for hungry children in Greenville and also in Haiti. We are excited for the chance to ‘foster community and world-wide outreach’, which is part of BCA’s vision statement, through this exciting endeavor. We also have a local foundation who has agreed to provide an $80,000 match if we reach our goal!