In addition to teaching, Bannister was also passionate about music, and worked with the school choir on many projects. It also hosted a student club for aspiring singers.
“Known as the Windsor Songbier, Mrs. Bannister has used her musical talents to bring a great deal of joy to our school,” said Dennis Quickle, principal of Windsor Elementary School.
At a school attendance event last year, I wrote a song about the importance of not missing classes on “Old Town Road”, the popular song by rapper Lil Nas X.
“The song and the video were a huge hit with our school family,” said Koekle. “Mrs. Bannister loved her students and never missed an opportunity for student advocacy and public education.”
She was in school on August 28th
The school district was notified that it had tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. It followed clearance procedures, contact tracing, and reporting contacts.
The school district said that contact tracing and notification were based on the date of the last time she was in elementary school, which was August 28. She started the school year three days later, teaching her students almost from home.
“While she is absent from us early, Ms. Bannister’s legacy continues through the lives of the students she taught in her five years as a dedicated teacher,” said Baron R Davies, superintendent of Richland District Two.
School district officials said her parents have allowed them to share information to remind others of the dangers of the coronavirus. Staff and students at Windsor Primary School receive counseling services.
Since January, health authorities have identified more than 6.3 million Covid-19 cases and nearly 191,000 deaths in the United States. South Carolina has seen more than 126,000 infections and more than 2,900 deaths.