Springfield Middle to go solar through program
Springfield Middle School in Fort Mill has been selected as a Green Power Solar School by the York Electric Cooperative and Santee Cooper.
The Green Power Solar Schools program is designed to encourage interest in the environment and demonstrate the feasibility and limitations of renewable power generation.
Each Green Power Solar School receives a two-kilowatt solar power system, which will provide a teaching, research and hands-on demonstration opportunity for students.
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The school can monitor the system's performance online and see how well other solar schools in South Carolina are doing. The project uses a new renewable energy curriculum that meets state science standards.
-- From staff reports
Three elementary students win DOT poster contest
Three India Hook Elementary School fifth-graders were winners in a recent statewide National Transportation Week poster contest held by the S.C. Department of Transportation.
There was a first-, second- and third-place winner in every county that entered the contest. Evan Vail won first place, Juan Pedraza placed second and Ashley Saverance placed third.
The students were honored during a ceremony in Columbia on May 15.
The theme of the contest was "One Nation On The Move." Students were asked to express ideas about transportation-related careers and the impact transportation has on life.
Contractor, others step forward to help Little Joe
A building firm has volunteered its services and is seeking others to assist Gold Hill Elementary student Joe Reames Jr., 11, who suffers from a neuromotor disorder and is dependent on a breathing tube. He was the subject of a story in Wednesday's Herald.
Paul Hunter and Mike Burge, owners of B&H Builders, will donate their skills to remodeling the Reameses' home to convert the garage into a room for Joe and his medical equipment. An electrician and plumber have stepped forward, as has a wood supply firm, Hunter said.
They are still seeking other people to help with the labor and donate supplies. They also are trying to organize a charity golf tournament. Anyone interested may contact Hunter at 803-242-1717.
Meanwhile, a number of restaurants and others have donated their services for a silent auction during a benefit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Fishbone Grille near the intersection of Gold Hill Road and S.C. 160. Events include games, children's activities, hot dogs and hamburgers. The restaurant also will be open. All proceeds will go to the Reames family.
North Carolina A&T audit shows $10,392 misused
RALEIGH, N.C. -- An annual audit of North Carolina A&T State University found 27 percent of the scholarships reserved for the Bookstore Scholarship Fund for needy students were awarded to relatives of university employees.
State Auditor Les Merritt released a report Friday that found three scholarships totaling $10,392 were distributed. The report says there was no formal policy defining eligibility requirements.
Merritt said the university should create a clear policy saying employees should not be allowed to award scholarships to themselves or immediate family members.