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Education

  • Local high school rankings vary widely in new report

    Lancaster County schools ranged widely on a recent report released by U.S. News and World Report ranking high schools across the nation.
    More than 17,000 schools were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well students were prepared for college, according to U.S. News.
    Indian Land High School ranked highest in Lancaster County, coming in at 3,741 in national rankings and 39th among South Carolina’s 221 high schools.

  • First Steps builds playgrounds at 3 child-development centers

    Until recently, Greater New Hope Childcare Development Center didn’t have anywhere for children to run and play outside – only an empty, dirt parking lot.
    Now that parking lot has been transformed into a playground, with paths, plants and play areas where children can exercise and explore every day.
    Greater New Hope is one of three childcare centers in Lancaster to get $100,000 upgrades to their outdoor areas after Lancaster County First Steps secured a $330,000 federal grant last year.

  • USCL art students display their work

    USC Lancaster art students showed off their work during a public art reception in Founders Hall on Monday, with one praised by her teacher as having award-winning talent.
    Joanna Lothers of Indian Land had multiple watercolor paintings among the various art styles hanging on the walls of the art gallery Monday.
    Lothers’ watercolor professor Dianne Mahaffee, who has been with the school since 2000, said the student’s work was exceptional and deserved recognition.

  • Event spotlights STEAM education

    STEAMtastic Saturday is next weekend at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Lancaster, with fun activities and demonstrations for kids involving science, technology, engineering, the arts and math.
    Lancaster County School District and Discovery Education are sponsoring the event, which aims to inspire the next generation of innovators, as well as prepare students to succeed in college and beyond. 

  • 7th graders win district art contest

    Two seventh-graders took the top awards at the Lancaster County School District 2019 Youth Art Contest, the first middle schoolers to win the two categories in the same year.
    South Middle School’s Cristofer Uribe-Morales and Indian Land Middle’s Rylen Witherspoon were honored at Tuesday’s school board meeting as Purchase Award winners, each taking home a plaque and a $75 check.
    Cristofer, who was not able to attend the meeting, won in the 2-D art category. Rylen won for 3-D art.

  • Down on the Farm

    Cows, chickens, pigs and even a donkey named Smokey were awaiting the arrival of hundreds of Buford Elementary School fifth-graders April 11 for “Down on the Farm,” a tour through Buford High School’s agriculture science program.
    Ag. science teacher Troy Helms said the students enjoy participating in the annual project.

  • Fun-run fundraiser

    McDonald Green Elementary students were blitzed with colored powder Friday morning as they made laps around the car-rider loop in celebration of thousands of dollars raised for their school.
    The school’s Color-Fun Run got students out and moving after weeks of fundraising, followed by an elaborate obstacle course in the school’s gym. McDonald Green’s parent coordinator, Myra McLaughlin, said organizers didn’t get the turnout they had hoped for from business sponsors, but the kids made up for it by gathering individual donations.

  • KES construction begins soon

    KERSHAW – The preliminary work has begun to update the Kershaw Elementary School campus.
    Construction crews have been onsite for several weeks removing trees in front of the school along Matson Street near the existing bus loop.
    “The trees are gone. The road is being prepared. And we hope it’s going to be completed by the start of the next school year,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman.

  • 5th graders imagine the Pettus Greenway

    Fifth-graders at Brooklyn Springs Elementary are overflowing with ideas for the Lindsay Pettus Greenway, and through a new art project, they are sharing them.
    The greenway is a planned trail across the city of Lancaster. Eventually about 5 miles long, it will connect people to places of interest, including schools, the hospital and medical facilities, the downtown district and other businesses. It will run alongside Gills Creek and accommodate walkers, runners and cyclists.

  • Reboot off to a strong start at VW Elementary, Puckett says

    VAN WYCK – Last spring, Van Wyck Elementary School Principal Steven Puckett planted the first seeds for Reboot, a program designed to help students with behavioral challenges. This spring, he’s seeing the fruits of his labor.
    “We’ve come a long way, considering that this program didn’t exist this time last year,” Puckett said Friday. “We currently have nine students enrolled in the program, and you couldn’t ask for a better environment for kids.”