Thornwell School for the Arts Author Visit

/ November 16, 2021

The city of Hartsville, South Carolina, is receiving a fun and engaging author visit led by Unicorn Jazz creator, Lisa Caprelli, to Thornwell School for the Arts on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

Unicorn Jazz & Thornwell School for the Arts Author Visit in Hartsville, SC

Chartered as a town on December 11, 1891, Hartsville is currently the largest city in Darlington County, South Carolina. Home of Coker University and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Science and Mathematics, of which actor/comedian Anziz Ansari is an alumnus of, Hartsville is served by its own Hartsville Regional Airport and is named after Captain Thomas E. Hart who once owned most of the land in the area.

Hartsville is known for its annual events among locals, such as the “Screen on the Green” summer family event that shows movies for free to the public at Burry Park. Other fun events include “RenoFest”, a bluegrass music festival honoring Dono Reno, bluegrass legend and South Carolina Native, a Christmas Parade, and a Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting where children can enjoy musical performances and submit letters to Santa Claus himself. The motto of Hartsville is “A Small Town with a Big Heart”.

Unicorn Jazz & Thornwell School Author Visit

On November 17, 2021, the award-winning author of the children’s Unicorn Jazz stories and songs, Lisa Caprelli, will be presenting to the young learners of the Thornwell School in two sessions virtually. We at Unicorn Jazz are excited for the opportunity to join up with the staff and students of Thornwell as part of our virtual World Read Across America Tour.

Located in the Darlington School District, the Thornwell School is devoted to nurturing a safe and supportive educational environment where students can excel and develop their full potential. With an emphasis on community partnerships and inspiring creativity, the mission of Thornwell School for the Arts is to raise its student body into successful, responsible, and productive citizens who love to lead and learn – the two things we also love to instill in our young readers at Unicorn Jazz!

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Thank You Thornwell School for the Arts! 


How Far is Hartsville, SC, from Huntington Beach, California, the HQ of the Unicorn Jazz?

Located in the Southeastern U.S. directly on the other side of the coast from Huntington Beach, Hartsville is a 36-hour drive (that’s a day and a half!) from our Unicorn Jazz HQ, covering a distance of 2,470 miles.

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Fun Facts about Hartsville, SC

  • Hartsville is the hometown of several professional sports figures, including Rufus Bess (NFL), James Robert Campbell (MLB), Chad Dawson (Boxing), Albert Haynesworth (NFL), Shannon Johnson (WNBA), Jordan Lyles (MLB), Tony McDaniel (NFL), Kelvin Moses (NFL), and Bobo Newsom (MLB).
  • Coker University was initially established as the “Welsh Neck High School”, founded by Major James Lide Coker, the same person who founded the Sonoco packaging company still headquartered in Hartsville today.
  • Prior to European settlement, the Hartsville area was inhabited by the Native American tribes of Pee Dee, Catawba, Chicora, Edisto, Sane, and Chicora-Waccamaw.
  • Hartsville was recognized as an All-American City in 1996 and 2016. The All-American City award honors communities that have shown inclusive civic engagement to address critical issues. Hartsville has also been a Tree City since 1986, helping plant trees with the non-profit organization, The Arbor Day Foundation.

Thank you for your support of literacy and the joy of books and learning!

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