The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) has announced its end-of-year schedule. Parents should note that there are no more school holidays between now and the end of the school year. Monday, May 26 is a regular school day to make up a day missed earlier in the school year for inclement weather.
The United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC) recently held a dinner to celebrate the mentors and mentees of its Hand in Hand mentoring program. Hand in Hand is made possible by volunteers who donate their time to spend with children from Kershaw County schools. Mentors remain with their mentees throughout their time in the program and encourage them academically.
A number of local students from Kershaw County and the surrounding area graduated from Clemson University May 9.
Karen Fitzgerald Jackson doesn't want to see her grandchildren's school close. That remains a possibility as part of proposed Phase 2 options in the Kershaw County School District's facilities equalization plan.
Wateree Elementary School (WES) fourth grade students Latham Davis, Landen Mills, and Wyatt Whitfield were all smiles on Field Day at WES.
Coastal Carolina University's spring commencement ceremony was held at Brooks Stadium on May 10, with some 1,081 candidates for undergraduate and graduate degrees.
The Kershaw County School District is encouraging families who have not yet registered their kindergarten students for the 2014-15 school year to do so as soon as possible. All 11 elementary schools will be accepting registrations during regular school hours.
The Lugoff-Elgin Water Authority (L-EWA) recently awarded 12 Kershaw County high school seniors with $500 scholarships. Recipients were honored at the May meeting of the L-EWA. Pictured are (from top row, left to right) L-E Water Authority Scholarship Committee representatives Chip McCaa, Anna Stewart (committee chair) and Clyde Smith; Scholarship recipients Lauren Smith, Julia Moye, Casey Swails, Ryan McRoy, Sarah Kleinholz, Mary Katherine Rogers, Amanda Moseley, Danielle Moore and Victoria Phan. Not pictured are Hunter Johnson, Nathaniel Tyson and Austin Veverica.
Students and faculty at Bethune Elementary School (BES) are hoping to see nature in action as the school year nears its end. Students helped plant a butterfly garden April 24 in front of the school, with help from the Clemson University Extension Service and volunteer master gardeners. The extension service operates 4-H clubs throughout the area. Kindergarteners through second graders participated in the project.
Bethune Town Councilman John Fulmer doesn't want the elementary school in his town to close. At worst, he said he would prefer that if Bethune Elementary School (BES) is closed, it is consolidated only with Mt. Pisgah Elementary School at a location between the two existing sites. Fulmer said closing BES would have an economic impact on the town.
Emily Shirley, of Lugoff was among 87 students at Coastal Carolina University (CCU) who were recently inducted into the campus chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.
North Central High School (NCHS) recently received a $750 grant from the S.C. Arts Commission (SCAC) for the 2014 fiscal year. The support, funded in part by the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, will allow NCHS to expand its visual arts program by purchasing a kiln for firing ceramics.
A Camden High School (CHS) senior will head to the Air Force Academy in Colorado after graduation, thanks to a congressional appointment. Zack Watson received a letter from U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney in early February that the congressman was submitting his name to the prestigious academy in early February. In late March, Zack, the son of Beth Watson and grandson of Max and Judy Ford, received a second letter confirming his appointment.
State Sen. Thomas McElveen wants graduates of this year's Junior Leadership Kershaw County program not to forget to "look around" in the midst of their busy lives for chances to contribute to the world around them.
Faculty from Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS), some current and many retired, gathered together at Hall's Restaurant in Lugoff recently to celebrate their 14th annual faculty reunion. Restaurant owner Linda Hall was, at one time, manager of the L-EHS cafeteria, making the location very significant.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Doby's Mill Elementary School in Lugoff a youth literacy grant in the amount of $4,000 to support its Target READ Program.
Aly Bolin, of Westville, was named to the Dean's List of Auburn University for the 2013-2014 academic year. Aly is now a senior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Community and Civic Engagement. Aly was a participant in Auburn's Research Week 2014. Aly will complete her Honors College senior thesis this fall, under Dr. Stacey Hunt. Aly was recently named an Auburn University College of Liberal Arts Fellow and is a two-time Auburn Leadership in Political Science nominee.
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