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Irmo Teacher Wants Students to Experience the Sound of Fearless

People who Live Fearless often march to the beat of a different drummer and a teacher at Irmo Middle School in Columbia wants his students to find their own rhythm. Robert McCloy was recognized by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina as a Fearless Teacher and recently received $950 to purchase African drums and shakers for classroom drumming circles. 

The companies’ Live Fearless campaign asked South Carolina teachers to submit a story on how that teacher would like to bring the concept of Live Fearless to their classroom and what resources could help achieve that goal.

McCloy said the drums and shakers will be used to instill an authentic learning process with creativity, voice and a sense of community while
building students’ self-esteem.

“As a teacher of striving readers I search for effective engagement strategies that inspire my students to read and write,” McCloy said. “The drum, like a heartbeat, resonates with humanity. Drumming circles are the perfect venue for publishing narrative mythologies, spoken word poetry and collaborative texts.”

Submissions came from teachers, administrators and parents of students in kindergarten through 12th-grade classrooms across South Carolina. Entries were in the form of pictures, videos and written descriptions submitted to www.livefearlessSC.com.

The campaign, initiated last year and ongoing, encourages and illustrates how South Carolinians “live fearless” every day by breaking new ground, overcoming adversity and expanding comfort zones. Members of the public may submit their own stories at any time or view these exemplary stories at www.livefearlessSC.com or by searching social media using #LiveFearlessSC.

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