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Education

  • 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.

  • Loads of fun at Hi Kee camp

    Field trips, computer time and drama lessons are some of the additions that have helped make this year’s Hi Kee camp perhaps the best one yet.

    Youngsters in kindergarten through 12th grade are in the midst of the annual summer enrichment program, which started June 8 and wraps up Saturday.

    Fifty Lancaster County students were admitted to the camp, held at Steele Hill AME Zion Church and sponsored by Steele Hill Community Partners.

  • A lesson on birds of prey

    INDIAN LAND – Clair Thain held up a formidable-looking taloned foot that once belonged to a hawk and told her audience of children how a hawk uses those sharp claws to catch a rodent meal.

    Thain, a Wild Wings educator for the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville, N.C., spoke to a group of children and their parents at the Del Webb Library at Indian Land on June 17. It was the first Wednesday event for the library’s summer reading program.

    Thain passed the foot around to the children, who could hardly contain their excitement.

  • Campers GEAR-UP for college

    A dead, pregnant rat laid on the table while cow eyes sat there waiting for students to explore.

    Keenan Shropshire, one of the students in this year’s local GEAR-UP summer camp, wasn’t too fond of dissecting animals. But as time elapsed, he became more comfortable with the exercise.

    “It’s pretty fun – except for the rat,” said Shropshire, a rising junior at Andrew Jackson High School. “I didn’t touch the rat.”

  • Fun at Camp Invention

    Hannah Powell emerged looking like she had just been dunked in a swimming pool.

    The rising North Elementary School second-grader had just finished playing a game at Discovery School’s Camp Invention.

    In the game, she used a shield to fend off water that was being tossed in her direction. Students who played the game made their shields from construction paper.