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Media specialist rides in balloon as part of BSES reading incentive

Up, up and away!

By Jesef Williams

One student asked if Debbie Keenan was going to Paris. Another asked if she was ever coming back.
Well, Kennan didn’t make it anywhere near France, though the experience was still exciting for all who witnessed.
Keenan, the media specialist at Brooklyn Springs Elementary School, rode in a hot-air balloon Friday morning. The ride, which took place behind the school, was the result of a reading challenge Keenan posed to all the students in the school.


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LHS yearbook receives top award in state

Recognition for The Rambler

By Jesef Williams

Those posed portraits, candid shots and listings of senior superlatives make for fond memories each year for students at Lancaster High School.
The staff from the school’s yearbook, The Rambler, are to thank for organizing and putting that information together throughout the year. And now, that recognition extends beyond the Bruin family.
The Rambler was recently selected as the best yearbook in the state by the S.C. Scholastic Press Association. The accolade is for the 2010 edition that came out last spring.


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South Middle hosts pumpkin decorating contest

By Jesef Williams

She has a shiny face, red lips, long hair and wears a pointy black hat.
Any other day, she’d be all orange, but on Thursday she became the Queen Witch of South Middle School.
That was the name given to one of the several carved and decorated pumpkins on display at the school Thursday.
Last week, South Middle held its Spirit Week, which culminated with a pumpkin-decorating contest. Faculty and staff were divided into 14 teams, and the students voted on which team’s pumpkin they liked the best.


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LHS Spanish teacher wins district award

A love for language

By Jesef Williams

There’s a slogan, written in Spanish, that Sandra Ovalles tells her students all the time. You can even find it from time to time on her blackboard.
It’s “nada es imposible, todo es posible,” which means “nothing is impossible, everything is possible” in English.
Ovalles believes you can achieve whatever you set your mind to, and she tries to help her students carry that same attitude – all through the teaching of language.


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Bartell works closely with teachers, students at BMS

By Jesef Williams

Some students achieve more success in the classroom when hands-on activities are built into daily lessons, while others may find it easier to work in small groups.


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Great Teaching winner embraces unique teaching methods

Kristal Salyer doesn’t teach by the books

By Jesef Williams

You won’t find many textbooks in Kristal Salyer’s class.


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School Tools drive winds down

By Jesef Williams

Despite a slow economy, Communities is Schools’ annual School Tools supply drive was able to collect hundreds of school supplies that will benefit area school children in need.


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Students to get supplies from Stuff the Bus drive

By Jesef Williams

Dozens of students who didn’t get the supplies they needed when school began will soon get a helping hand.

United Way of Lancaster County recently held its second annual Stuff the Bus school drive in which residents donated papers, pencils, crayons and other school supplies to collection spots throughout the county.

Those supplies benefit children served through the Lancaster County Outreach Project, which provides resources for neglected and abused children.

Remaining supplies will go to other Lancaster County School District children in need.


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Fire chiefs group awards scholarships

By Jesef Williams

The Lancaster County Fire Chiefs Association recently announced the latest winners of its annual scholarship.

Sara Gardner and Meredith Hagins are the winners for the 2010 cycle, each receiving $500. They were presented their award July 22 at the association’s regular meeting.

Each year, the association awards a $1,000 scholarship to one student or $500 to two.


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Countdown to K wraps up

By Jesef Williams

A group of rising kindergarteners interacted with their teacher and mingled amongst themselves as if they had been around each other for months.


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