CHS thrift store open
CLOVER The Eagle Closet, a thrift store operated by Clover High School special needs students, will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 9:30 a.m.-noon Friday at 402 Knox St.
The store will have its seasonal sale Sept. 29, Oct. 1 and Oct. 3. Clothing costs 25 cents per bag. Books cost 5 cents, and all household items are half off.
S.C. Teaching Fellows accepting applications
ROCK HILL The South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is accepting applications at teachingfellowsc.com.
The program is open to high school seniors in South Carolina interested in becoming a teacher. To be eligible, students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien legally authorized to be in the U.S. and a legal resident of South Carolina.
The fellowship is awarded each year to as many as 200 high school seniors. Fellows receive up to $24,000 in funds while they complete a degree leading to teacher licensure. A fellow agrees to teach in a South Carolina public school one year for every year he or she receives the fellowship.
Fellows attend one of 12 institutions across the state: Anderson University, Charleston Southern University, Coastal Carolina University, College of Charleston, Columbia College, Francis Marion University, Lander University, Newberry College, USC-Aiken, USC-Columbia, USC-Upstate or Winthrop University.
Fellows are identified through a selection process that includes the application, an interview in front of a panel of three educators, a presentation and a writing sample. Awards will be made in early spring.
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.
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.