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Education

  • Learning and having fun

    A collection of Silly Bandz was the hot topic among a group of youngsters at the Hi-Kee summer camp Wednesday.

    Although those participants were excited about the popular rubber bands, you’d soon see that was just one of several things discussed during the day. Enrichment exercises took up a big part of their time.

    The Hi-Kee camp, held at Steele Hill AME Zion Church on Charlotte Highway, began June 7 and runs through July.

  • Standing tall with determination

    Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues was told his entire life that he was too short to play basketball.

    Some people believed he was placed on teams out of pity or to draw large crowds for amusement. Not many people thought he could make a career out of the sport.

    Bogues, standing at 5 feet, 3 inches, proved a lot of people wrong through the years and now shares his story of will and determination with others.

  • Preparing for kindergarten

    Local educators are gearing up for the annual program that helps make a child’s first year of public school a little more comfortable for all involved.

    Countdown to K, the state’s school transition program for rising kindergartners, kicks off this month and runs into August. Eleven kindergarten teachers in Lancaster County are participating this year.

  • USCL students inducted into national leadership society

    Career-building resources, networking and leadership training are just some of the advantages of membership in the National Society of Leadership and Success.

    The organization – also known as Sigma Alpha Pi – has members all across the nation.

    Fifteen USCL students were inducted Thursday into the school’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success.

    The ceremony was held at the Carole Ray Dowling Center.

  • Teacher travels to Azerbaijan

    A local educator is half a world away learning about another culture while sharing classroom strategies with fellow teachers.

    Crystal Fields, the lead ESOL (English as a Second or Other Language) teacher for the Lancaster County School District, has traveled to Azerbaijan in Eurasia to complete a two-week fellowship funded through the Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) U.S. teacher-exchange program.

    About 400 teachers throughout the United States applied for the fellowship and 40 were selected to participate.

  • Area students receive honors during awards’ program on March 25

    Oftentimes, a student’s personality and attitude mean a whole lot more than the grades they make in class.

    While high expectations are placed on schools and students to meet certain standards, there are moments where principals can take a step back and recognize students for their unmeasurable qualities.

    And that’s where the Principals’ Choice Awards come in.

  • Issues of adolescents

    INDIAN LAND – Almost every seat was full as Robin Estrada dimmed the lights and began her presentation in a small classroom at Indian Land Middle School on March 9.

    But the scene was a little different from the typical English class filled with 12-year-old students. Instead, almost 20 parents crammed into the classroom to hear one of five presentations at the Real Talk with Parents for Parents seminar hosted by the school.

  • Denim a winning word for BMS eighth-grader

    Seven was the magic number for Devin Lowery.

    The Buford Middle School student wore No. 7 in this year’s district spelling bee and captured the championship  in the seventh round.

    But Lowery believes his win is due to experience more than luck.

    Lowery, an eighth-grader, was one of 15 students who participated in the annual Lancaster County School District spelling bee, held Feb. 9 at Bundy Auditorium inside the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Students recognized at district science fair

    How similar are the fingers of people who are related? Are the fingerprints of identical twins exactly the same?

    Lisa Krause’s curiosity on the subject motivated her to undertake a project in hopes of discovering the answers. And now, she’s been honored in a big way for her efforts.

    Krause, a fifth-grader at Indian Land Elementary, was among the students who placed first in this year’s Lancaster County School District science fair.

  • Moonwalker speaks at A.R. Rucker Middle

    In April 1966, 30-year U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and test pilot Charlie Duke was in the right place at the right time when NASA was selecting 19 new astronauts.

    A little more than six years later – on April 21, 1972 – Duke became the 10th and youngest man to step foot on the moon as a crew member for Apollo 16. Gravity never held him down. Just like the Mercury astronauts, Duke had the “right stuff.”