Food Lion, Staples celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Week

Comporium, in conjunction with the city of Rock Hill, is sponsoring a photo contest for Fountain Park. The winning photo will be used on the company’s new phone book.
Comporium, in conjunction with the city of Rock Hill, is sponsoring a photo contest for Fountain Park. The winning photo will be used on the company’s new phone book.

Food Lion and Staples are among local businesses offering discounts to teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week, which is Monday through Friday.

On Tuesday at Food Lion stores in York, Chester and Lancaster counties, teachers who present their teacher ID at checkout get a 5 percent discount. The discount does not apply to the purchase of alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, lottery tickets, postage stamps or in-store services.

“This is Food Lion’s way of investing back in our teachers as we celebrate them this Teacher Appreciation Day and show our support for the work they do every day to educate our future neighbors, associates and community leaders,” said Dave Bass, division vice president for Food Lion’s Carolina region.

Staples is offering 40 percent back in rewards under its Teacher Rewards program, which teachers can use to purchase school supplies, teaching and art essentials, posters, cleaning supplies and laminating.

Teachers enrolled in the free Staples Teacher Rewards program will receive a coupon for 40 percent back in rewards. They will also receive a second coupon for 40 percent back in rewards to give to another educator that can be redeemed during Teacher Appreciation Week.

Educators who are not currently Staples Teacher Rewards members can sign up online or at any Staples store to receive the coupon. Teacher Reward members can also print the coupon at The special savings offer is exclusive to teachers and excludes technology.

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▪ GoodCall, a Charlotte-based tech startup backed by Red Ventures of Indian Land, has launched a scholarship search tool, helping students identify and apply for college scholarship opportunities with greater ease.

“With the average cost of a 4-year degree totaling more than $130,000, it is important that families have tools and resources at their disposal to make college tuition more affordable,” said GoodCall founder Eppie Vojt. “We’re crawling thousands of scholarship provider websites and using proprietary search technology to provide the most comprehensive and accessible scholarship database on the web.”

GoodCall Scholarship Search helps students easily identify scholarships with a low barrier to entry, as well as ones they have a greater likelihood of winning, all without requiring personally identifiable information. The site also includes scam detection to help protect students from identity theft.

For information, or to start searching for scholarships, go to

▪ Elizabeth Smith Owen, a partner at Morton & Gettys, has been appointed to a three-year term on the York County Natural Gas Authority Board.

The gas authority is a not-for-profit corporation that provides residential, commercial and industrial gas service throughout York County and northeast Cherokee County. The company maintains more than 1,000 miles of distribution mains that serve more than 58,000 customers.

▪ Rock Hill attorney Tommy Pope has been named to the 2015 South Carolina Super Lawyers list. Pope is a managing partner at Elrod Pope Law Firm and a member of the S.C. Legislature. This is the third consecutive year Pope has been named to the list.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, rates the service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas. The annual selection includes a statewide survey of lawyers and an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.

▪ Comporium is holding a photography contest sanctioned by the City of Rock Hill highlighting the fountain and Fountain Park.

The wining photo will become the cover of the York County phone directory that will be distributed in August. Other winning photos will be included within the directory. The top three photos will also earn cash prizes and the top photographer will win an iPad.

Comporium’s Matt Dosch, executive vice president of customer operations and external affairs, said the park and fountain “only opened in early December, but as the weather is getting nicer, the visitors are checking it out. We’ve noticed prom-goers, student groups, tourists and even marriage proposals taking place. People are taking a lot of photos so we thought that this gives them an opportunity to share some of the best ones.”

The fountain has 24 jets on a 65-foot radius that arches up and into the middle. A 40-foot spray with 96 nozzles also arches up an into the middle; a 6-foot spray ring with 16 nozzles goes vertical before the center nozzle fires at the top of the hour. Eight of the nozzles can be controlled by visitors through the Fountain Park website,

Comporium’s photo contest continues through May 31. For contest rules go to The deadline is 5 p.m., June 1.

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