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Education

  • Marcus Lattimore, Tahj Boyd meet with Rucker 8th graders

    Eighth-grade athletes from A.R. Rucker Middle School had the opportunity to hear from former college athletes and professionals during the Marcus Lattimore Foundation Leadership Academy in Columbia on Wednesday.

    “This was a great opportunity for these young men,” said Lamont Elder, A.R. Rucker’s athletic director. “They were able to hear about the reality of academics versus athletics.”

  • Reading railroad pulls into VW

    Ashley Lowrimore

    For The Lancaster News

    All aboard! On Nov. 13, the Van Wyck Community Development Club officially established its train-themed Little Free Library, the first of its kind in the Panhandle.  

  • A.R. Rucker celebrates its readers with tailgate party

    A.R. Rucker Middle School students gathered in the library on Monday for a tailgate party to celebrate 75 students who have read six books this semester and a teacher who won $500 through the state’s “Read Your Way to the Big Game” contest.

    Students, dressed in Clemson and University of South Carolina gear, enjoyed nachos, cupcakes and the game of corn hole.

  • IL residents ‘experience literacy in a fun way’

    Indian Land High School hosted its second-annual Family Literacy Night on Friday, bringing out nearly 500 local residents for a book fair, food truck and the Lancaster County mobile library.

    ILHS’s gym was full of booths displaying student projects, literacy games and reading strategies.

  • Teacher calls for more black men in classrooms

    Fifth-grade teacher C.T. Kirk has goals for his students, and a goal for the school system to put more black men in teaching positions.

    Kirk is an author and pastor at Sanctuary of Life Outreach Center in Rock Hill. He said he plans to use those platforms as tools to encourage African-American men to become teachers.

  • Free college application day

    Andrew Jackson, Buford and Indian Land high school seniors had the opportunity to apply to S.C. colleges for free this week during school hours.
    Students could apply to 32 colleges, which included two- and four-year schools. Colleges offer students application fee waivers during the fall through SCCANGO, a campaign to promote a college-going culture.

  • FAFSA application date moved up

    From release
    Raleigh, N.C. – For students heading or returning to college in fall 2017, the start date for applying for federal and state financial aid has moved up to Oct. 1, 2016. In previous years, students were unable to file for financial aid until the first of the year.

  • Duke Energy funding class projects

    Teachers are receiving a boost from Duke Energy for classroom supplies that will assist with literacy and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects.
    Duke has partnered with DonorsChoose.org to match dollar-for-dollar eligible supplies up to $250.
    Teachers can create a project online by entering a list of eligible materials they need up to $500. Each online page gives a teacher’s description of his or her students and project as well as a breakdown of what items the funds will supply.

  • Poet brings creativity to middle schoolers

    A crowd of seventh graders sits enthralled as Glenis Redmond floods the room with passion and history, her animated voice and hands telling stories that spark their creativity.
    She scans their faces through red cat-eye glasses. She describes her 109-year-old grandmother, who smoked cigarettes and caught the long ashes in her hand when they fell.
    Poet Glenis Redmond visited South Middle School and the University of South Carolina Lancaster this week to give lessons and share her poetry with seventh grade students from Lancaster County schools.

  • $6 million in pledges for school initiative

    A coalition of Lancaster County partners has raised $6 million in local pledges and have applied for an equal amount in federal Promise Neighborhood grants to help kids growing up in the Clinton Elementary attendance zone.
    The application deadline, extended from the original Sept. 6 because of severe weather around the country, was Friday.
    Sharon Novinger, executive director for Lancaster County Partners for Youth, said she is excited after having completed the application. It took about two weeks to write the 80-page narrative.