Science class takes tour
GASTONIA Gaston Day School’s Advanced Placement environmental science class went on its annual field trip Aug. 27 to begin the school year.
The seven students – Paige Brown, Gray Heath, Jessy DeFrancisco, Jewel Wasson, Brandon Romeo, Grace Wang, Lindsey Putnam – and teacher Becca Hurd went on a tour of systems throughout the county. They began their trip at the landfill, where Recycling Coordinator Nan Kirlin showed the students how the solid waste system works from burying construction and demolition debris and municipal solid waste to recycling materials or even swapping still useable items at a swap shop.
Gunny Christ gave the tour of the Renewable Energy Center, where the landfill gas is pumped into generators to create enough electricity to power the city of Dallas, one of the many types of energy producing systems.
From there, the students visited Gwen and Tim Stowe at Stowe Dairy Farms to see a modern, small-scale farm system. The children learned about Black Angus grass-fed beef and also the historic, traditional dairy farm practices of the Stowe family.
The last stop was to see part of the water system, the Crowders Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, and included hands-on opportunities to see the waste-eating microorganisms and do water quality testing.
Wristbands for sale for fall festival
GASTONIA The Gaston Day School Fall Festival is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 4 at 2001 Gaston Day School Road.
In addition to the annual favorites of horse rides, face painting, games and the dunk tank, this year will include the Euro Bungee, 65-foot slide and 32-foot rock climbing wall.
The festival includes vendors selling flowers, jewelry and crafts, and a raffle of more than a dozen themed baskets and artwork from GDS Visual Arts instructors.
Wristbands can be purchased in advance for $25, or $30 at the door. Bands include unlimited games, rides and lunch. Tickets for individual rides or games will be available for $1 each.
This year’s proceeds go to the Visual Arts Department. More information and advance wristband purchases can be made at gastonday.org/pamygds1.
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.-3 p.m. for homeschooled students October-June for ages 5-15 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.
Kangaroo Express offering scholarship
YORK COUNTY Kangaroo Express is giving away a $500 scholarship.
Download the Kangaroo Express mobile app and navigate to the More tab. The contest is open until Feb. 1. One winner will be randomly selected from each university in the Big South and announced at the Big South Basketball Championships March 4-9 at Coastal Carolina University.