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District Five


Early 1990's

        The idea for a walking map of South Carolina was conceived by Walker Williams, former principal of Duncan Elementary School. 

        SEW-Eurodrive donated their services to have the site cleared and graded. 

        Steve Davis, a parent volunteer at the school, also assisted in the effort to clear underbrush. 

        Assistant principal, Greg Wood, received a physical activity grant that helped secure interstate signs for the site.


        Three Duncan Elementary teachers, Michelle Bridwell, Fran Emmel, and  Lewanna Caldwell, along with assistant principal, Dan Young, received a Toyota Investment in Mathematics Excellence (T.I.M.E.) grant, a Piedmont Hub grant, and an Eisenhower Professional Development grant.

        Blackwood Engineering, Inc. volunteered their services to survey the site.

        Rick Huffman, landscape architect of Earth Design in Pickens, South Carolina, developed the master plan for the site.

        District Five School Board designated the property for the project.

        On October 7, a groundbreaking ceremony was held.


        District School-to-Work coordinator, Jocelle Allen, received additional grants to develop the site, including Spartanburg County Foundation, SC Forestry Commission, and Learn and Serve America.

        Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Operations, Sam Betsill, oversaw construction of the site.

        Teachers wrote lessons, developed kits, and participated in staff development.


        On April 19, the Grand Opening ceremony was held with Rudy Mancke of Nature Scene, as the keynote speaker.