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Our Tenth Annual Valentine's Benefit

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In cooperation with the Denmark Chapter of the Voorhees College Alumni Association, the 10th Annual Caring Hearts Valentine’s Benefit will be held this year on Saturday, February 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Leonard E. Dawson Center on the Campus of Voorhees College. The purpose of this letter is to ask your business/organization/civic group to serve as one of our sponsors.

Sponsorship Levels

Platinum $1,000 Table for (16) for the Benefit, Media Publicity and Voorhees College and SEKOTS Foundation Website Recognition

Gold $800.00 Table for (8) Benefit, Media Publicity, Voorhees College and SEKOTS Foundation Website Recognition

Silver $500.00 Table for (8) Benefit Recognition

Donation above $50 (Benefit Recognition)

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“He taught us a lot about friendship and all the things you can accomplish as a team.”

Dr. Thelma Sojourner

Dr. Thelma Sojourner

Dr. Thelma F. Sojourner is a 1971 graduate of Voorhees College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. She was inducted into Alpha Chi Honor Society during the fall semester of her senior year and, during the spring semester of 1971, she was one of five students selected to participate in the Student Teacher Exchange Program which partnered with the University of Rochester (New York) to sponsor student teachers in the public schools of East Irondequoit, NY. Upon graduation, Dr. Sojourner taught public school for 19 years in Denmark where she was named Teacher of the Year for Denmark-Olar Elementary School and worked as school coordinator for the Title I Program, Reading is Fundamental, and as a curriculum coordinator. She completed a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education at South Carolina State University where she was inducted into Phi Delta Kappa. 


Dr. Sojourner served as past president of the Edisto Reading Council and participated in several sessions for curriculum writing for the district. She taught in the after school tutoring program and in community centers to help students learn to read. She also taught mathematics for several years and served as a teacher mentor, Girl Scout leader, Coordinator for Boys and Girls Club-Denmark, SC, and as president of Franklin United Methodist Church usher board. She also served on the Bamberg County United Way Board and is a certified Lay Speaker and a Bible Studies teacher.

In the fall of 1990, Dr. Sojourner accepted the position of Director of Federal Programs for Bamberg School District Two, a position she held until 2000. She served as principal of Denmark-Olar Elementary School from 2000-2004. During the fall of 2004, Dr. Sojourner completed her Doctorate in Educational Administration at South Carolina State University. She then became Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the district and held that position until June 2011. She first served as Interim Superintendent and accepted the position of Superintendent in September 2011.

Dr. Sojourner is a member of several organizations, including SC Education Association, Delta Sigma Theta, NAACP, Franklin United Methodist Church, and the SC Notary Association. She was also the recipient of the following recognitions:

- Outstanding Young Woman of the Year

- Omega Psi Phi Citizen of the Year

- Woman of the Year, Franklin United Methodist Church, 2007

- Teacher of the Year, Denmark-Olar Elementary School

Dr. Sojourner does public speaking and enjoys reading. She is married to James W. Sojourner and they have three children and three grandchildren.

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