By Jeremy Tolbert
On Monday, March 12th, Senator DeMint traveled to the Lowcountry for a jam-packed day of tours, meetings, and ceremonies in Beaufort and Hilton Head. The Senator visited the area to see firsthand the talent, dedication and promise the wonderful people of South Carolina provide.
The morning began with a visit to the Riverview Charter School in Beaufort. The school opened its doors in 2009 and stands today as a huge success with over 450 students enrolled for the next school year. Its diverse campus seeks to engage students with challenges beyond the basic curriculum, and student scores are consistently higher than national averages. The Senator, alongside Congressman Tim Scott, caught a glimpse of the school's success in their interactive tour with Riverview's Director and founding board member, Alison Thompson. Senator DeMint particularly enjoyed seeing the students learn firsthand and stated that "It's not so much about the system of education as it is about the education of the student."
After meeting with students and faculty at the Riverview Charter School, the Senator went on to participate in the Marine Battle Colors Ceremony at Marine Air Station Beaufort. The prestigious and well-attended ceremony consisted of performances by the Marine Corps Drum, Bugle Corps, and Silent Drill Platoon, as well as remarks by the Senator and the recognition of national POWs and MIAs and their family members. Senator DeMint's participation in the ceremony was not only a personal honor, but also a fulfillment of his goal to visit each military community in South Carolina.
The Senator cannot thank South Carolinians enough for their unending service in promoting our national wellbeing, from education to security. His visit to Beaufort County served as a testament to the state's accomplishments and hope for its future growth and honor.