York schools add 3 kindergarten classes
YORK The York school district recently added three kindergarten classes when enrollment at that age was about 40 students more than last year.
Superintendent Vernon Prosser said the district added one 5-year-old kindergarten class at each of three schools: Jefferson, Harold C. Johnson and Hickory Grove-Sharon elementary schools.
He said the growth in kindergarten “is a good trend” because it may be an indicator that enrollment growth is resuming. He said that often begins in early grades as young families move in.
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Prosser said total district enrollment was up only about 21 students as of Sept. 3, the 10th day of school, because of declines in some other areas.
However, he said enrollment at York Comprehensive High School is up about 120 students because a smaller 2014 graduating class of about 300 was replaced with larger classes at other levels.
The district’s total enrollment has been steady at around 5,100 students for several years. Before the recession, he said, district enrollment was growing around 75 students a year.
Larne plans lap walk, carnival
CLOVER Larne Elementary School will host its Laps for Larne and Larne Carnival, a fundraiser supported by the Parent-Teacher Organization, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 at the school.
The students will walk the laps they committed to and raised money for, and while they are walking laps, the school will have a carnival with horse rides, bounce houses, silent auction items, a raffle for a 50-inch TV, games and entertainment.
Admission is free, but tickets will be sold for the children’s entertainment.
Clover wrestlers plan corn hole tournament
CLOVER The Clover High School wrestling team will hold a cornhole tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27.
The event, raises money for the wrestling season, will be in the school gym parking lot.
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $30 for a team of two. All entries receive a hot dog and a bottle of water.
York Intermediate names Cool Cougars
YORK York Intermediate School has named Cool Cougars for September. They are, Team 6-1, Shelby Grant, Justin Sadler, Kayla Enright and William Carrillo.
Winthrop makes Top 10 in South
ROCK HILL For the 23rd time, Winthrop University has landed among the best colleges in the South on the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of schools.
The publication annually rates the South’s top 10 public universities and has named Winthrop eighth-best this year. Ahead of Winthrop on the list, the Citadel in Charleston ranked first and the College of Charleston placed fourth in a tie with the University of Mary Washington of Virginia.
Among private and public colleges considered, Winthrop ranks 25th in the South.
School officials point to Winthrop’s improved freshman retention rate, student to professor ratio and graduation rates as gains for the university recently. The U.S. News recognition is proof of Winthrop’s quality education, said Acting President Debra Boyd in a news release on Tuesday.
“We don’t pursue rankings,” Boyd said. “Instead, Winthrop faculty and staff work hard to make sure our students receive the education and support that prepares them to pursue success in their chosen fields and inspires them to be lifelong learners and active citizens.”
In other national rankings, Winthrop has previously been listed in Barron’s “Best Buys” and Princeton Review’s best colleges in the Southeast.
Eagle Closet open in Clover
CLOVER The Eagle’s Closet, a thrift store operated by Clover High School special needs students, will be open this school year 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday.
The store will have its seasonal sale Sept. 29 and Oct. 1 and 3 during regular store hours. Clothing is 25 cents per bag, books are 5 cents, and all household items are half off.
The Eagle’s Closet is at 402 Knox St.
Homeschoolers offered outdoors class
YORK The Clemson Extension Service in York County and city of Rock Hill will host Great Outdoors Adventures 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for homeschooled students October to June for ages 5 to 15 in Rock Hill.
Cost for four adventures is $65 for ages 5-9 and $75 for ages 10-15.
Events will help students cultivate awareness, knowledge, appreciation and concern for the natural environment and physical fitness while using the outdoors as a classroom. Students learn bicycle safety, goal setting, animal adaptations, compassing, soil quality, and take an ecology and history hike.
Call 803-684-9919, ext. 113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.