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Education

  • 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.

  • Speaker offers young students advice and encouragement

    A major disability hasn’t kept New Jersey resident Malcolm Phillips from reaching out and sharing his story with the world.

    Phillips, 20, was born with cerebral palsy. He was the guest speaker at Brooklyn Springs Elementary School’s fifth-grade graduation June 3.

    He is the godson of Principal Gwen Minor.

    Phillips can’t walk or use his hands, and isn’t able to talk clearly. He gets around in a wheelchair and needs assistance with all tasks.

  • Man who coached celebrated Titans' team gives motivational speeches here

    KERSHAW – Denzel Washington didn’t stroll in the auditorium at Andrew Jackson High School on May 21, but some students may have thought they got the next best thing.

    Retired football coach Herman Boone – who guided the much-celebrated T.C. Williams High School football team to a Virginia state title years ago – visited AJHS.

    He also visited Lancaster High School, giving motivational speeches to the students at each school.

    He was also the keynote speaker at the district’s Honor Beyond the Field banquet May 21.

  • 'Hannah Montana' visits school

    Teenage music and acting sensation Hannah Montana paid a special visit to Indian Land Elementary School on May 15.

    Well, kind of.

    No, it wasn’t the real Hannah Montana who visited the school, but judging by the students’ loud roar, you may not have been able to tell the difference.

  • Local teachers honored for building cultural awareness

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Visiting International Faculty Program has recognized 16 of its visiting exchange teachers with 2009 International Educator of the Year awards.

    Two Lancaster County School District teachers were honored with the awards.

    Chosen from among more than 70 nominees in six states, these educators work every day to create opportunities for their students to explore other cultures and countries, master new languages, and discuss and contribute to solutions for global challenges.

  • Rotary clubs recognize students with Principals' Choice awards

    Chris Catoe is in his first year at Buford Middle School and says he was nervous about starting school in a new place.

    He had to deal with the prospect of bullies, while trying to make friends and concentrate on his work.

    But since the start of school, the sixth-grader has excelled academically. He now speaks highly of his middle school experience.

    “It was scary the first few days, but it’s good now,” Catoe said.

  • Two teachers receive national awards

    The country’s largest exchange program for teachers has given high honors to two educators in Lancaster.

    Brooklyn Springs Elementary School’s Mónica M. Díaz Jiménez is South Carolina’s 2009 International Educator of the Year for the Visiting International Faculty (VIF) Program.

    Verónica Raffin of North Elementary School won VIF’s honorable mention this year.

    Both Diaz and Raffin teach English as a Second Language, or ESL.