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Education

  • Initiative brings biomedical course to ILHS

    INDIAN LAND – A person is on the ground dead, and it’s your job to figure out how long the body has been there and what lead to the death.

    What are all the parts of the digestive system and what should you be aware of when treating a diabetic patient?

    The answers to those inquiries and more are being unraveled this semester in Jill Haun’s classroom at Indian Land High School.

  • Teacher to bring history to life with $2,000 grant

    A local educator has been recognized with a national award for bringing innovative ideas to the classroom.

    Hope Figuero, a fourth-grade teacher at Erwin Elementary School, is one of 100 winners of the 2009 Unsung Heroes award program sponsored by financial institution ING.

    ING recognized those teachers for developing innovative programs and incorporating them into lessons.

    Figuero, who also received a $2,000 grant, was presented her award earlier this month.

  • Students may now apply for Leroy Springs loans

    Leroy Springs Student Loans will be available beginning Nov. 1 for students seeking assistance for college costs for the spring semester.  

    The deadline for receipt of applications is Dec. 1.

    The Springs Close Foundation Inc. has made 147 interest-free loans so far this year to college students who live in Lancaster County and Chester and Fort Mill.  

    Funds advanced will total $453,616 for an average of $3,086 per student. Included in these figures are loans made to students attending York Technical College for an average of $1,500 per student.

  • Southside Literacy expands

    The American Red Cross is urging individuals to donate blood as soon as possible.  

    The blood supply has dropped critically low throughout the Southeast, said Joyce Brendel, interim chief executive officer of American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region.

    Brendel said while all blood types are needed, there is a critical need for types O negative, B negative and A negative.

    In the summer, blood shortages often occur because individual donations decrease, along with the number of organizations that sponsor blood drives.

  • Southside Literacy expands after move

    On any given day, you’ll see a number of different activities going on at the Preston Blackmon Family Success & Career Center.

    In one room, several people work on computer-based programs in preparation to earn their GED (general educational development).

    In a second room, three school-age children discuss their multiplication tables, while in another area, a mother reads a bilingual children’s book with her two daughters.

    Here, the name of the game is self-betterment.

  • Learning Institute closes its doors

    Jan Clark Bragg’s addiction to prescription pain killers got so bad that she cashed in her 401(k) to buy more and more pills.

    She quit her job, left her husband and spent months “not doing anything,” except feeding her drug habit. Then she reached rock bottom.

    “It was awful,” Bragg said.

    Shortly afterward, one of Bragg’s friends told her about the Learning Institute for Tomorrow, or LIFT.

    The intent, though, was for Bragg to help out LIFT with marketing and advertising.

  • Yes, even young students are at ease with technology

    Years ago, the only supplemental materials a student had to worry about were pencils and notebooks.

    But with the emergence of new technologies, their options have blossomed to include computers, Web sites and wireless technology, all of which have become an integral part of daily life for adults and students of all ages.

    Lydia Quinn, executive director of planning and accountability for the Lancaster County School District, says technology is a useful tool, no matter the age of the student.

  • Roman holiday

    Sara Parker is still reflecting on a recent trip abroad that may prove to be her best learning experience yet.

    Parker, a Lancaster native who attends the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, spent eight days in Italy during her spring break in March.

    She and about 50 other music students in the school went there to perform in Rome, the Italian capital.

  • Super swimmer just likes to swim

    INDIAN LAND – Jada Norman dives in the pool and performs just about every maneuver you’d expect to see from a seasoned swimmer.

    Jada, 10, does the butterfly and breaststroke with ease, and can swim long distances using the backstroke.

    Her ability to easily glide through the water may make you wonder just how good Jada will be in years to come. But if you ask her, swimming competitively or for acclaim is not even part of the plan.

    She simply does it for fun.

  • ILHS student writes, publishes first novel

    INDIAN LAND – It only took a couple of words to spark Taylor Altier’s imagination.

    Altier, 16, was working as a restaurant hostess at Murphy’s Tavern in south Charlotte when a word caught her attention.

    From there, the Indian Land High School student created what would soon be her own self-published novel.