Madam Speaker, I wish to recognize Mrs. Robin H. Jackson a valued member of the Midlands community of South Carolina.
Born in Columbia, South Carolina, Mrs. Jackson received her education in the Richland District One Public School System, graduated from Eau Claire High School, and later attended Benedict College. A 1975 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a bachelor of arts degree in vocal performance, she received her certification in music education from the University of South Carolina. Additionally, she holds a master of education degree from Cambridge College, Boston, Massachusetts, which she earned in 2001.
Throughout her life, Mrs. Jackson has served her community doing what she loves best--teaching music to children. She served as music specialist at the South Carolina State Hospital before returning to Richland School District One to teach music education at various schools, including Lyon Street Elementary School, Fairwold Elementary School, Rosewood Elementary School, and the Olympia School. In May 2008, Mrs. Jackson retired from teaching after 28 years at A.J. Lewis Greenview Elementary School.
During Mrs. Jackson's term as an instructor of music at A.J. Lewis Greenview Elementary School, she received training from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and became certified in creating an original opera for children. This opportunity allowed her to guide students in grades 4 and 5 in creating their own original opera, which consisted of composing their own music, writing their own lyrics, and building their own sets. Mrs. Jackson also led the students on educational tours of New York City, where they were exposed to various operas and Broadway shows. A.J. Lewis Greenview Elementary School was the only elementary school in Columbia to participate in this program.
Mrs. Jackson's work in music education demonstrated her belief that every student should participate in some form of the arts. Thus, each grade level at the A.J. Lewis Greenview Elementary School was given an opportunity to perform in grade level performances. The first grade students presented a production of Maurice Sendak's Really Rosie; the second grade students performed in The Carnival of the Animals; the third grade students performed in The Nutcracker; the fourth grade students performed in Choices Count, which is a part of one of the Character Education initiatives of the Richland School District One; and the fifth grade students were given an opportunity to perform in their own original opera. Other school-wide productions included The Wiz and You're a Good Man Charlie Brown.
Mrs. Jackson not only involved her students in musicals, but she also provided guitar lessons to male students in grades 4 and 5 by way of the Guitar Club, which was geared towards the behavioral modification of the students. She also offered all students an opportunity to learn to play the tone chimes, the recorder, and the keyboard. She additionally led the school's chorus, who often performed in various musical productions.
Mrs. Jackson's commitment to the intellectual and artistic development of children did not end upon her retirement form the A.J. Lewis Greenview Elementary School. She maintains her devotion as the owner of the Arts-In-Action Music Studio in West Columbia, where she offers piano and voice classes to youth. She is also music director for the Brookland Baptist Church Children's Choir where there are more than 100+ voices ranging from ages 5 through 12.
Mrs. Jackson's service to the community continues as president of the Interdenominational Alliance of Minister's wives and Minister's Widows, Inc. of Greater Columbia; a member of the Capital City Chorale of Columbia; a member of the Brookland Baptist First Sunday Ensemble; a member of the Beautification Committee for West Columbia; a member of the Capital City Club; a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated; and director of music for the Women's Educational and Missionary Baptist Convention of South Carolina. She is also a speaker at various churches in the state of South Carolina for Women's Day and mission work.
Charles B. Jackson, Sr., pastor of the Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia. She is the mother of Reverend Charles B. Jackson, Jr., pastor of the New Laurel Street Baptist Church of Columbia; mother-in-law to Mrs. Iva Gaymon Jackson; and mother of Attorney Candace Celeste Jackson of Columbia. Mrs. Jackson also holds dear in her heart her three grandchildren: Charles B. Jackson, III; Caleb A. Jackson; and Kayla Jackson.
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