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Chapin Intermediate School wants your Chapin-area memorabilia for decoration project

CIS plans to line hallways with images of Chapin’s history found in photos, artifacts

Chapin, SC (James Bowers) - Opened in August of 2015, Chapin Intermediate School is one of Lexington-Richland School District Five’s newest schools. It is now home to fifth and sixth grade students in an attendance zone that ultimately feeds Chapin High School. It occupies the former Chapin Middle School building at 1130 Old Lexington Highway. Principal Vann Holden wants to give the facility an update by creating an environment that celebrates Chapin’s history. He's calling on the community to help.

The school is looking for memorabilia such as photographs, particularly those of historic schools in the Chapin area, and other points of interest such as stores, baseball fields, and notable people like past mayors, school principals, and sports figures.

The school is also interested in artifacts. School yearbooks, postcards, and even trophies or plaques are objects that tell a part of Chapin’s story throughout its more than 100-year history. Holden plans to use these objects to create a collage in celebration of Chapin’s heritage. He is interested in chronicling the entire history of the town and its schools, including those established before the creation of District Five, and all of the current schools in the community. Holden also plans to have a display celebrating Lake Murray and its history. “We want to focus on all of the great things that Lake Murray offers our community today, but we also want to discuss the history of Lake Murray including the construction of Dreher Shoals Dam and how this impacted the community.”

Holden came up with the idea when looking for a way to make his school unique. He assembled a committee of longtime Chapin residents who used their connections to pool items and ideas for the project. The school is also reaching out to other organizations like churches and civic groups for contributions. “We want everybody in Chapin to get in on this project,” Holden said. Though Holden looks forward to seeing all of the cool things the community has to share, he says that due to space constraints, the school may not be able to include all items in the work. He hopes to expand upon the project in the future with ideas such as a sports-themed memorabilia area.

“We’re really excited to be able to celebrate Chapin’s history,” Holden said. “It has grown and changed over the years, but the spirit of community has always been there and we want to recognize that.”

For more information, or to offer a contribution,contact Chapin Intermediate School’s Michelle Estridge at (803) 575-5711 or by email at mestridg@lexrich5.org.

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