Lowcountry kids recall their best memories from summer 2012
Ask adults what they’ll remember most about the summer of 2012, and they might say something about a news event, such as the London Olympics, the Curiosity rover landing on Mars or the run-up to this fall’s presidential election.
Ask kids the same question, and be prepared for firsthand accounts of specific experiences from their lives.
Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, so The Post and Courier tracked down some Lowcountry kids to find out their favorite memories.
Here’s some of what they had to say, and some of what they did on this holiday:
Gracie Owens-Gaughan, 10, attends Eagle Nest Elementary in Dorchester 2. She spent part of her day on the playground at Memorial Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant.
The best part about her summer was traveling, she said. She visited her uncle at the beach in Florida, which her family does every summer, and she saw her grandparents in North Carolina, where she also went to a nature center.
Caleb Boykins, 7, attends East Cooper Montessori School in Mount Pleasant. He spent some of Labor Day making new friends at the park and playing football with his father.
His favorite part about the summer was going to the Mount Pleasant Track Club three days a week.
“We get to run and do all kinds of things like javelin, shot put, long jump and running at the track,” he said.
This summer, Boykins won the state championship title in the 1,500-meter run for those 8 and under, but he said his favorite part of track and field is throwing the javelin.
Rayleen Cosgrove, 7, attends Whitesides Elementary in Mount Pleasant. She fished on Monday with her fishing buddy, her dad, and her mom accompanied them.
She had the best time this summer going to the Greenville zoo. Her favorite part? “Seeing the lions. They were making sounds, and we got to see their teeth!”
She also liked the monkeys, and she got to feed them, too, she said.
Peyton McGinnis, 10, lives in North Charleston and is homeschooled. He and his two siblings played in the fountains at the city’s Riverfront Park for part of Monday while their mother snapped photos.
He didn’t have to think long to come up with his favorite memory from the summer — camping at Hunting Island in Beaufort.
“They had raccoons and all this other stuff,” he said. “We fed a deer; it was a pregnant deer. It was really fun.”
The raccoon came out of nearby tree and crawled around his campsite, he said. It was his first time camping in a tent.
Angie Paredes, 6, goes to school at Lambs Elementary in North Charleston. She and her mom ate a fast-food lunch at Riverfront Park on Monday, and she played in the fountains and on the playground.
She had the most fun this summer going to Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., she said. She liked the dinosaur ride where she got wet, and she liked the Harry Potter ride where “we were flying with him,” she said.
As for her favorite food she ate while there? “Chinese!” she said.
Taliya Campbell, 15, is a sophomore at West Ashley High. She, her younger brother and her mom shopped for most of Labor Day, and she bought some new shoes for school.
The best part about her summer was taking her older brother to college at Mars Hill in North Carolina, she said. He’s her first sibling to leave home, and he’ll be playing football at his father’s alma mater, she said.
“I never had been around the college life,” said Taliya, adding that it made her want to go to college, too.
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