Hammond Hill Elementary School kindergartners welcomed U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, his wife, Roxanne, and his staff with a song as he begun a tour of the school on Aug. 28.
“We love your song,” Roxanne Wilson told the pupils before going to speak to each of them.
The visit was one of two North Augusta stops on Wilson’s bus tour.
“Each August I have a bus tour, one week of going around the district,” he said.
The tour began Aug. 26 and included stops in each county within his district – Lexington, Richland, Aiken, Barnwell and Orangeburg counties.
“It’s getting around and seeing the public,” Wilson said of the annual bus tour. “All of the chambers of commerce have been very helpful.”
Prior to arriving at Hammond Hill, Wilson attended the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce A.M. Connection breakfast at the North Augusta Community Center where City Administrator Todd Glover spoke about the city’s economy.
During Wilson’s visit to Hammond Hill, he toured the school and spent an extended time answering questions from third graders in the school’s courtyard.
Pupils asked a variety of questions including whether he has met the president, his recent skydiving adventure, his job duties and about his family.
Wilson also asked questions about the school, its theme – Swing Fore Success – and spoke briefly to several classes.
School officials said that they enjoyed Wilson’s visit to the school.
“We appreciate Congressman Wilson coming to see the success that we’ve had for himself,” said Peggy Trivelas, one of the elementary school academic officers for the Aiken County Public Schools district. “His willingness to come and view our successes and needs makes us feel supported.”
Wilson’s visit will be memorable for pupils, faculty and staff, said Principal Janet Vaughan.
“I appreciate he has made education a priority,” she said.
“We enjoyed his visit. He asked a lot of questions and showed an appreciation for the work we’ve done. It’s something our students will always remember and something our teachers will always remember.”
Other Aiken County stops included a tour of Ameresco at Savannah River Site, meeting with the Economic Development Partnership, a visit to the Aiken County Applied Research Center, a tour of BK All American Company, and a tour of the Aiken County Center for Active Seniors and Hitchcock Healthcare.