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School notes, Oct. 2: Bullying awareness program

Bullying awareness program planned

Sue Hilton will present a bullying awareness program, Mean Girls, Tough Guys, as part of a countywide effort to raise parents’ awareness of issues that affect their students.

The talk is presented by York County No Wrong Door. The presentation is being offered in each of the four school districts in York County and parents may attend any of the sessions.

All presentations will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Dates and locations are: Oct. 9, Clover School District Auditorium, 1625 S.C. 55 East, Clover; Oct. 16, Fort Mill School District Office, 2233 Deerfield Parkway, Fort Mill; Oct. 23, York School District Office, 1475 E. Liberty St., York; and Oct. 30, Rock Hill School District, with the location to be announced.

Community invited to Rachel’s Challenge assembly

Parents and members of the community are invited to join sixth-graders from Clover and Oakridge middle schools for an assembly on Rachel’s Challenge on Friday, Oct. 10.

Clover Middle School will host the assembly at 2 p.m. at the Clover School District Auditorium, while Oakridge Middle School will host the same assembly in the school gym at 9:30 a.m.

Parents may park behind Clover Middle School and walk to the auditorium.

The event was rescheduled from Sept. 4 due to a power outage.

Rachel’s Challenge includes a series of student empowering, educator motivating programs and strategies called the Awaken the Learner Five-step School Improvement Process.

The process is intended to equip students and adults to create and sustain safe, caring and supportive learning environments.

The programs are based on the writings and life of 17-year-old Rachel Scott, who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999.

Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school.

Shortly before her death she wrote: “I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”

Eagle Closet open in Clover

The Eagle’s Closet, a thrift store operated by Clover High School special needs students, will be open 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 Oct. 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.

Child Find screenings available

Child Find, a screening process to help families identify children with special needs who may require specialized instruction, is available at Clover School District.

For more information or to arrange a screening, call 803-810-8400.

Homeschoolers offered outdoors class

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 fisreal@clemson.edu for information.

S.C. Teaching Fellows accepting applications

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.

Kangaroo Express offering scholarship

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.